From Watches & Wonders 2020: A. Lange & Söhne’s Odysseus Collection

The sporty-elegant timepiece from A. Lange & Söhne features a gray dial with a special surface structure for a very textured effect

Last year, exactly 25 years to the day after the debut of the first new-era timepiece collection by Walter Lange and Günter Blümlein, the sixth watch family at A. Lange & Söhne titled Odysseus was introduced to the world on October 24, 2019. The combination of the iconic Lange outsized date in the classic double aperture with an equally large day display on the opposite side produced a distinctive design that would be the cornerstone of this line.

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It took more than a decade to finalise the design and launch this new product family – just in time for the 25th anniversary of the introduction of our first collection. The self-winding ODYSSEUS is the first Lange watch with a water-resistant case made of steel, withstanding a test pressure of 12 bar. Like all other A. Lange & Söhne pieces, this watch features subtle but sophisticated details. For example, the date and day-of-week displays can both be corrected not only by using the pushers at 2 and 4 o'clock, but also using the crown. If you turn them past midnight, the displays advance one day. If you turn back to a time before midnight, both indicators switch one day back. #alangesoehne #perfectioninmovement #odysseusdatomatic #engineering #art

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Now, fast forward to 2020, the German brand unveiled the second model of the new family that comes in white gold at this year’s Watches & Wonders Geneva online platform. At first glance, we can see that this new model is characterized by the two-part day-of-week and date display. The Lange outsize date in the classic double aperture—located on the right—is complemented with an equally large day-of-week display on the left.

The dial itself is easily readable even under poor light conditions, thanks to the white-gold hands and notched baton appliques that assure good legibility against the dark background. Moreover, the embossed groove structure beneath the applied hour markers and the subsidiary seconds scale also enhances the textured effect of the dial.

Inside, the watch is powered by the L155.1 DATOMATIC—which stands for the combination of a date mechanism and automatic winding—manufacture caliber developed exclusively for the Odysseus. It has a maximum power reserve of 50 hours. Furthermore, all parts are lavishly hand-finished and the movement is assembled twice, in line with Lange’s philosophy.

A. Lange & Söhne’s new Odysseus watch merges a 40.5mm white-gold case with a gray dial and an integrated rubber or leather strap. The wearer, by the way, can also see many artisanal details at a glance through the sapphire-crystal caseback.

All in all, with its prominently sculpted design that emphasizes the dynamic personality of the watch, Odysseus is definitely meant for active people who wish to wear their Lange watch even in situations when a precision mechanical model would ordinarily be set aside.

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