It was only a matter of time before Odysseus, A. Lange & Söhne’s first sports watch, welcomed siblings. After debuting in October 2019 to mark the silver jubilee of the reinstated manufacture, a new Odysseus model is presented now in a white gold and with an integrated rubber or leather strap.
To recap, the Odysseus is the sportiest watch Lange has ever made. It was also the first product family the German brand launched since the Zeitwerk in 2009. It had a couple of firsts for Lange – it was their first watch with an integrated metal bracelet, the first with a depth-rating of 120 meters, and the first movement with an escapement that oscillates at 4 Hz (28,800 vph).
The new Odysseus has a 40.5 mm white gold case. The three-part case has a mix of satin-finished flanks and chamfered edges. The asymmetry of the case is down to the two pushers on either side of the crown that can be called up on to adjust the day of the week and date indications. And just like its steel sibling, the case is 11.1 mm thick and fitted with an exhibition caseback.
Brand CEO Wilhelm Schmid had mentioned at the launch of the Odysseus that getting the dial right was the hardest part of the whole creative process. Since this was going to be the face of the family, they had to be absolutely sure about the placement of the two characteristic windows. The one at 3 o’ clock indicates the date and the one at 9 indicates the day of the week.
The white gold version has a multi-tier grey brass dial. The notched baton hour makers are also made of white gold and are placed on a ring of concentric lines. The inner surfaces and the subsidiary seconds dial have a matt finish and a slim silver flange ring houses a printed minutes scale. The 60 minute mark is printed in red on the silver flange, a welcome pop of color. Time is indicated by lancet-shaped hands in white gold. The hands and hour markers are coated with luminescent material for optimum visibility in the dark.
The watch is powered by the same Caliber L155.1 Datomatic movement. The self-winding movement is decorated and assembled by hand. It has a uni-directionally winding skeletonized central rotor that is black rhodium plated (another first) and has a weighty platinum tip. Since this movement was designed for a more active lifestyle, Lange made two major changes to its construction. The traditional balance cock that holds the escapement is now replaced by a balance bridge. This was done to make the escapement more stable, the balance bridge is hand-engraved with a wave motif.
The other big change is the presence of a faster oscillating balance wheel, now 4 Hz instead of the traditional 3. The balance is regulated with four countersunk screws flush with the outside of the balance wheel rim. This is done to reduce turbulence despite the higher frequency. Like all Lange movements, the finissage is exquisite with the traditional three-quarter plate construction, gold chatons, chamfered edges and wider Glashütte ribbing.
Instead of metal bracelets, integrated straps are now available in hand-stitched leather in dark brown with a grey seam or just black rubber. Both straps have a white gold prong buckle. Just as well because that the metal bracelet didn’t get a lot of love when it was launched. The white gold Odysseus is priced at €39,500.