Among haute horology brands, A. Lange & Söhne has secured its place with enthusiasts as the darling of the industry. Defined by its ability to push the envelope and create mechanical marvels — both technically and aesthetically. Building upon what has previously been considered the brand’s go-to “stainless steel, integrated-bracelet sports watch,” Lange has gone and made the ODYSSEUS even more formidable by releasing a limited-edition iteration comprised entirely out of titanium.
This is a timepiece meant to accompany the wearer anywhere and everywhere and was designed with that end goal in mind. It is robust enough to handle day-to-day rigors, yet svelte enough to virtually disappear on the wrist. The latter quality becomes all the more noticeable thanks to the titanium construction. This futuristic metal is approximately 43 percent lighter than stainless steel. When combined with the sleek diameter and profile of the ODYSSEUS, there is plenty of wrist presence with just over half the heft of the stainless steel counterpart.
Accompanying this novel material use is an entirely unique dial color. The shade settles somewhere between blue and gray; an icy hue pairs perfectly with the finish of the titanium case and bracelet. In typical Lange fashion, there is far more to the dial than just the coloration. From a distance, the amount of finesse and detail work put into the dial is less evident, but as you move closer, the intricacy becomes quite clear. The center of the piece features an almost sand-like, granular texture, while the hour track possesses guillochéd grooves running horizontally. The running-seconds subdial at 6 o’clock has concentric circles surrounding the center. This masterclass in texture adds dramatic dimensionality to the piece.
As this is A. Lange & Söhne’s first timepiece to made out of titanium, the bracelet was inevitable and is as paramount to the style of the watch as the previously discussed dial. The artisans at Lange developed the original ODYSSEUS as a total package, and the integration of the bracelet is essential. It forms directly with the case and creates an organic shape that is wonderfully dichotomous with the mechanical nature of the piece. Maintaining the “wear it anywhere and use it everywhere” mindset, Lange built an easy-to-use quick adjustment function into the bracelet. This allows for 7mm of flexibility that is always on standby.
If the ODYSSEUS is the Trojan horse, the L155.1 DATOMATIC movement is the surprise hiding inside. As robust as it is beautifully crafted, it features top-quality components and decorating that make the watch as enjoyable to look at from the back as it is from the front. The A. Lange & Söhne ODYSSEUS in titanium is a boutique exclusive and limited to just 250 pieces. Thus continues the odyssey of the ODYSSEUS.
Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
Dimensions: Diameter- 40.5 millimeters; height – 11.1 millimeters
Water Resistance: 120 meters
Case Material: Titanium
Movement: Lange manufacture caliber L155.1 DATOMATIC®, self-winding,
Power Reserve: 50 hours full wound
Price & Availability: 250 watches, engraved edition number, Boutique exclusive.