Today is a big one for A. Lange & Söhne. The Saxon watchmakers reopened their newly refurbished boutique at The Dubai Mall, and announced, later on during the day, the launch of Odysseus, a sporty-elegant timepiece that paves the way for a sixth watch family. The brand is manufacturing for the first time, a regularly produced stainless steel timepiece, for which it has developed a tailor-made self-winding movement with a large day-of-week and date display.
The Odysseus is perfect for dynamic people who admire fine watchmaking and have active lives. The 11.1mm thin, 40.5mm stainless-steel case is complemented by a seamlessly integrated stainless-steel bracelet, giving traditional brand elements a contemporary feel. This applies particularly to the sculpted, slightly cantilevered middle band of the three-part case, with its brushed surfaces and chamfered edges, a finishing also seen on the lugs and links of the very comfortable bracelet. Fans will be happy to know this is the first Lange watch with a water-resistant case and a screw-down crown.
The three-dimensional brass dial has various levels with different surfaces. Just like the outer scale of the subsidiary seconds dial, the notched baton appliques made of white gold lie above concentric lines, creating a contrast against the grained inner surfaces of the main and subsidiary dial. A bevelled, argenté-colored flange ring with a printed minute scale frames the dial which is accentuated by a colorful red number 60 printed at 12 o’clock. provides a accent. The brand-typical lancet-shaped, luminous hours and minutes hands are more prominent than in Lange’s other watches.
Because any totally new watch deserves a totally new movement, the watchmaker developed the new L155.1 DATOMATIC manufacture calibre. The name DATOMATIC visible on the rotor refers to the date mechanism combined with automatic winding. The 32.9mm movement, featuring a unidirectionally winding central rotor with a centrifugal platinum mass, completely fills the case and is visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback. Further details of the movement’s manually executed, lavish finissage of the can be observed thanks to the skeletonisation of the rotor. The newly designed balance is regulated with four countersunk poising screws that are flush with the outside of the balance-wheel rim, reducing turbulence despite the higher frequency. Along with the freely oscillating balance in-house spring, the minimized air resistance has a positive impact on the movement’s rate accuracy and energy efficiency.