The unexpected steel sport watch from the masters of high-end dressy elegance.
The fall-2019 season turns to be all about the big premieres hitting the steel sports market. However, getting this kind of timepiece from A. Lange & Söhne is totally unheard of, and comes with some additional element of surprise. Firstly, because the Odysseus is actually the first steel watch by this Saxon brand to be serially produced from the day of its official rebirth in 1994: the few previous steel limited installments were the collector’s grails. Secondly, because of the trademark dressy designs, clearly dominating the company’s catalogue for the last 25 years.
The new A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus combines a steel 40,5 mm case with a dark blue dial featuring central hours and minutes and small seconds at 6. The traditional German grande date to the right is visually counterweighted by the large day-of-week display to the left. Two pushers sitting to the both sides of the crown take care of all the day-date settings. The big part of the overall design is a steel bracelet looking nothing like its competition and said to be extremely delicate with the arm hair. Its length can be adjusted by up to 7 mm in small steps without even opening the safety deployant buckle. Thanks to the screwed caseback and screw-down crown, the watch has a 120 meters of water resistance.
The Odysseus is powered by the in-house automatic L155.1 Datomatic movement. As you’d expect from A. Lange & Söhne, it’s plates and bridges made of German silver are exquisitely decorated. The hand-engraved balance bridge has taken the place of a traditional balance cock – after all, the sporty watch has to provide more shock-resistance than its dressy counterparts. The unidirectional platinum rotor is skeletonized, resulting in the better view from the transparent caseback side. The price of the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus is 28,000 Euro.
Nov. 05, 2019