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A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

After days of strategic teasing on social media, today Lange revealed its first-ever steel luxury sports watch with the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus. Lining up for a fat slice of this highly lucrative and equally populated market segment would be no news in itself — but the fact that it is Lange we are talking about, the brand that has never serially produced a steel watch before, stirs things up quite a bit. Combine that with a decidedly big departure from the company’s established design DNA, and there suddenly is a lot to take in. Let’s see what the Lange way of high-end watchmaking is good for when it’s focused on the creation of a luxury sports watch.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

A Big First For Lange

Brand-related matters, looks, and technical specifications are all on our plate, so let’s go in that order. An all-steel, serially produced A. Lange & Söhne watch is a big flippin’ deal for the fans of the brand. With only a handful of unique piece deviations, the Saxon manufacture has strictly adhered to its self-imposed rules of only producing watches in precious metals, namely 18k gold and 950 platinum, something that has, understandably, ruled out the prospect of a sports watch.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Some 25 years into making precious-metal watches only, for Lange to introduce an all-steel watch that it’s going to “mass-produce” is a major turn of events. The first analogy that I thought of was the 911 going from air-cooled to water-cooled. Some fans loved it, others held torch-lit rallies at their city centers (simply because Internet forums hadn’t been invented yet). Notably, there are two things happening simultaneously with the introduction of the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus: It is the first steel Lange watch, and it is the first sporty Lange watch — all in one. Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure!

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Will this upset some seasoned collectors and fans of the brand? Maybe. No, scratch that and I’ll say: certainly. Everything makes someone angry somewhere, so why would the out-of-the-blue launch of an all-steel sports Lange be an exception?

On a personal note, I’ll add that, judging by the official images at least, the Odysseus (with its proportions and especially its choices of stylistic elements) doesn’t yet add up to a coherent whole for me — but more on that in the looks chapter below.

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With that in mind, A. Lange & Söhne broadening its portfolio I don’t think could ever be considered as an all-out bad thing. Lange and its arch nemesis, Glashütte Original, have really been two super-dedicated brands shaping the global image and recognition of Saxon watchmaking — and Lange now having a watch that, by design, should speak to a wider audience, can only add to the diversity of non-Swiss luxury watches. And that’s always a good thing in my book.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Looks & Design Of The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus

My first thought was, “Thank goodness it’s not a Lange 1!” When word reached me that a steel, water resistant, “sporty” Lange was brewing, the first spark of hope (and worry) that lit up in my mind was fueled by the imminent threat of a boring, weird regurgitation, and the consequent ruination of the beloved and, at this point, basically perfect design that is the Lange 1.

Presented in what will likely go down in history as an initially controversial package, the stainless steel case of the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus is 40.5mm-wide and 11.1mm-thick, and is water resistant up to 12 bar, which roughly translates to 120 meters. In real-world watchmaking terms, 10 bar is where proper water resistance begins, with the combination of a screw-down crown and properly sealed buttons, if any. It is always entertaining when brands with strongly defined comfort zones and established DNA set out to abandon said safety boundaries. What’s entertaining about it? That they consciously and subconsciously apply their core codes to these totally new creations.

This is also the same technique that results in new watches the competitively conservative watch audience has programmed itself to reject upon first sight.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Take the Odysseus, for example. Lange has created a new movement that it named the L155.1 Datomatic. The new caliber features two separate indications, a double-disc for the date and a single disc for the day of the week. Both indications can be adjusted through two pushers — pushers that needed proper waterproofing to support the 12 bar rating. As opposed to adding unsightly screw-down pushers around the crown, Lange has recessed these pushers into the crown guard at 2 and 4 o’clock. It is their desire to maintain a clean, unobstructed look that reveals itself in this quirky design element. This being a sports watch of sorts, something more along the lines of “form follows function” probably would’ve sufficed. But no, they went the extra mile to make a sporty watch look a little more streamlined.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Another apparent testament to Lange trying to take the edge off of its first sports watch is the dial, especially the choice of color. Blue is the new black in watchmaking. Consequently, it’s become a stale, flat color that’s had every last bit of novelty and nobility drained out of it completely. Not by Lange, but by everyone, cumulatively. If you like blue, that’s great — but in watch design, it no longer has much excitement or novelty. I, for one, would have loved to see a more ballsy launch color, like crisp white (with the white on blue discs remaining for some contrast), burgundy red, or some outdoorsy green — or at least a different color dial center, maybe. But blue has been the go-to color of nigh-on every Richemont brand, irrespective of the type, style, market segment, and target audience of a brand, a collection, or new reference.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Legibility is superb, though. It’s interesting how the typical lancet-shaped hands stand out so much more on this design than they do on the more restrained and classical Lange watches. The applied, 18k white gold indices, as well as the main hands, feature luminescent material — a rare, but not entirely new thing for A. Lange & Söhne watches.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

I have already mentioned the two watchmaking giants of Glashütte, and they both have established themselves as the creators of some properly beautiful and extremely well-made cases. The truly beautifully beveled and polished case profiles and lugs are a big part of their appeal, and the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus now adds an all-steel bracelet to that successful mix. It is a wider, more masculine, more defined — and definitely more intricately decorated — take on the five-link design made famous by and associated with the Rolex Jubilee bracelet. Judging by the images, I can already respect the amount of work that goes into the beveling and decoration of each individual link that makes up the bracelet of the Odysseus — and so I’m not saying “no” to it off the cuff but want to check it out and wear it around first. If there’s anything questionable about the design, it is in its integration with the outer edges of the lugs — generally speaking, that look can create the appearance of a small watch head fixed to a wide bracelet.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

The steel bracelet is secured around the wrist by a safety deployant buckle that includes a precision adjustment mechanism that can be operated without having to take the watch off the wrist. Just press on the embossed Lange logo in the center of the buckle, and the bracelet can be adjusted by up to 7mm. Not revolutionary, by any stretch of the imagination, but a feature that damn well should be part of every luxury sports watch bracelet made today.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Taking a bit more time to look at the new A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus, I realize that it has a bit of a Zeitwerk look to it with those double windows so neatly positioned by 3 and 9 o’clock. Somehow, with its downturned lugs, thin and perfectly round bezel, and strong dial, the Lange Odysseus also has a Calibre de Cartier feel to it (if anyone cares to remember this more-or-less discontinued steel luxury watch from Cartier, a sister company of Lange within Richemont).

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

The Datomatic Technology Inside The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus

In the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus, the classic “outsize date” aperture of Lange at 3 o’clock is complemented by a day of the week display at 9 o’clock, tailored to be exactly the same size. As can be expected from the brand, there is a lot of neat watchmaking action going on under the dial to ensure that these two displays switch at the right time and in the correct way. The day of the week display is controlled by a 24-hour wheel that is,  not surprisingly, connected to the hour wheel of the movement (this completes a rotation every 12 hours). There appears to be no word from Lange on these displays changing instantaneously at the end of the day — from the creators of the Zeitwerk, which pulls off an instantaneous change once every minute, I reckon we can nevertheless expect the instantaneous advancement of these displays at midnight.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

With the new L155.1 Datomatic caliber, we are looking at 50 hours of power reserve combined with a more modern and stable operating frequency of 4 Hertz, a first for Lange. Also serving timekeeping stability is a newly designed, larger-than-usual balance wheel that is regulated with four “poising” screws whose heads are flush with the outside edge of the wheel to minimize air friction. The balance wheel is secured in place not by the traditional balance cock (a one-ended “bridge”) but a proper bridge that arches over the balance wheel and is screwed down not just at one end, like a cock, but at both ends. The component is hand-engraved, as is the norm for a high-end luxury watch made in Saxony.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

The black rhodium-plated, self-winding rotor contains a thin strip of platinum around its outer edge for added heft and moment of inertia. The L155.1 Datomatic movement contains as many as 312 components, 31 jewels and 1 screwed gold chaton — that’s a lot of room for typical German watchmaking jewelry. The movement, claimed to measure in at 6.2mm-thick and 32.9mm-wide, shows up larger than it actually is. The wider caseback view reveals a more closely packed arrangement of going train and escapement, and it is through the combination of neatly tailored baseplate and a larger self-winding rotor that it fills up the 40.5mm case so nicely. This is a very elegant way of gaining some extra girth and presence for an otherwise more compact movement architecture — a much more welcome sight than a wide rear bezel and narrow sapphire caseback.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Debuts First 120M Water Resistant Steel Sports Lange Watch Watch Releases

Conclusion

The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus, like the hero of Homer and king of Ithaca, apparently wants to pose as an adventurous, brilliant, and versatile character — and in some crucial ways, it performs that task well. That said, I am looking forward to some extended hands-on review time with it to get to grips with the first steel sports Lange ever made.

The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus in all-steel is priced at €28,000, which places it well below (about half) the current market value of Patek’s Nautilus, but close to three times as high as the price of the also beautifully made, albeit less complex, Chopard Alpine Eagle. You can learn more at the official A. Lange & Söhne website.

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  • dr3

    The dial is beautiful. But, looks a little generic overall. Not nearly as distinctive or noticeable as the most ‘desirable’ SS sports watches, so comparison to e.g. nautilus moot.
    Integration of bracelet a little uncomfortable looking.

  • SuperStrapper

    So much talk about this over the course of the last few days. I’m almost exhausted.
    I love that they stepped out of thier comfort zone. And not just took a step, but jumped right out of it. That said, there are a bunch of misses here (for me). Right out of the gate i was defeated by the bracelet. I’ve never liked that flared-out bracelet look, and I’m not sure why they didn’t just go right i to an integrated bracelet. This is a #meetoo watch and we all know it, so why be so on the fence at that aspect? Also on the rear view, seeing the springbar shoulders that hold the bracelet on is not nice. It’s almost insulting for a watch of this pedigree.
    I’d have suggested that the case features on the crown side exist on the other side as well. Not so much in the name of symmetry, but just to make it that much more unique.
    The dial is nice, the subsidiary seconds is not and is decidedly un-sporty. The textures and other features of the dial are excellent, i love how dramatic the applied markers are, and how the entire date readout is essentially in quotations. I expect good marks from Raymond on those date windows.
    For a serially-produced steel watch with a casual attitude, i would have suggested Lange produce a very cool and contemporary pilot’s watch. It’s their history, and while of course no one wants to think about the war pilot’s watches are popular, and cool. And a somewhat-directionless ‘sports’ watch is not so much either of those things.

    I love you Lange, don’t ever change.

  • Wow! Top quality in the smallest details.

  • Travis Cannata

    Fantastic write up David. Almost 100% my thoughts exactly. I do, unfortunately, think they missed the mark a bit on the bracelet. I can’t help but feel it’s a bit behind the times. I get what they’re going for, it just doesn’t present the right vibe for a Lange or a modern sport watch.

  • Ugo

    a steel sport watch with no screw along the bezel?
    WHAT WERE THEY THINKIN’?????

    (seriously, it’s -unsurprisingly- very beautiful. my only concern regards the possibility of an involuntary action of the two pushers while in water, but maybe i haven’t understood exactly where the buttons really are…)

  • DanW94

    So Lange finally joins the luxury steel sports watch fray and this is what they came up with? Look, I love Lange but I think they failed miserably with this offering. The bracelet is horrible, already looks dated and the integration with the lugs and case is awkward. I think the designers had a bit of trouble stepping away from the staid Saxon DNA and fully committing to producing a sporty, casual watch. They got in their own way, and the finished product appears a bit muddled.

  • cluedog12

    David, any thoughts on how this choice may link up with Glashutte Original’s own odyssey through bracelet design? I’m a fan of Glashutte Original’s current bracelets, but they too went through a seven link phase in the early 2000’s.

  • Marceau Ratard

    This is an academic exercise for due to the price of the watch. I’d say I kinda like it.

    The movement is cool and extremely beautifully finished (this is 100% expected from these guys). The dial layout is symmetrical and I like their take on the day date complication. If it were me, I’d rather a central seconds and power reserve indication that would sweep across the bottom of the dial. The pusher correctors seem overly complex. You could just have an intermediate crown position to adjust the day and date, but I do like the look of the crown guards. The size is fine, I’d want it larger (42ish) but I’m not the target buyer and they have to appeal to as many people as possible. The blue is nice, it a conservative shade of blue but that is to be expected.

    The bracelet is probably my least favorite part, it a little to Breitlingish for me. Something like the bracelet that you find on a Oris chronoris would be better. The design of the clasp looks great.

    If I had the money, I’d get a VC overseas dual time before getting this one but I don’t hate it.

  • Jon Heinz

    Just about everything on the whole thing has anglage. I want one! It’s pretty much what I figured a Lange sports model would be: a safe bet, design wise. They’re not going to go too far out of the box, and they shouldn’t.

  • Jared

    this is code 11:59 all over again, and it seems the watch media still hasn’t learned that they shouldn’t polish a turd just because they want a piece of those advertising bucks

    • David Bredan

      I understand your frustration with the larger watch media, and share it. Don’t you find it interesting though that this is by every chance the only comment section under an article where you can say stuff like that — and where people, if they remain vaguely reasonable, can speak their minds? That and, personally speaking, a long series of articles that I wrote b*tching about big brands and their idiotic novelties, is enough for me not to take on this “advertising bucks” nonsense — not to mention the fact that we have listened and responded to this countless times at this point.
      That said, have you even read the article? I do call out the dial and the bracelet design, and say that it’s controversial — which it is. The 11:59 was a total disaster with a hit rate of 1%, and it was a horrid design that was disproportionate and cheap-looking. This is odd at best, but some with their heads out of their arses either already like it, or can see the possibility of it growing on them once they’ve seen it in person. The AP objectively was a disaster, this is divisive. That’s the difference you’ll find once you care to read other people’s comments — and once you’ve done that, there still won’t be anyone stopping you from hating or liking this one.

      • Ugo

        Don’t you find it interesting though that this is by every chance the only comment section under an article where you can say stuff like that — and where people, if they remain vaguely reasonable, can speak their minds?

        can i use the occasion to thank you all for this?
        it’s truly refreshing.

      • Ugo

        PS: a side note on the Code 11.59.
        i was (and still am) probably part of the 1% that like that watch: it’s what elegance looks like. the only thing i found quite cheap-looking is the chapter ring.
        also, the positioning was severely wrong: put it in the same league of a datejust, with that movement and that finish, and you’d had to sell it with snow cannons…

        • SuperStrapper

          A better handset alone will do wonders for that watch.

  • Richard Baptist

    it’s growing on me, but I’m not sure it’s a winner.

  • Leaving the bracelet aside this is what we have.

    -Great legible day-date that is perfectly balanced on either side of the dial (compare with the crappy squashed date on the Nautilus)
    -Perfect size and width of hands, including generous amounts of lume (not just a tiny strip like most others except Parmigiani add)
    -120m of water resistance when Panerai is now offering 30m (and every other similar high end watch barely offers 50m)
    -Gorgeous in-house movement
    -Amazing finishing all around
    -A price that is a little higher than that 20K Bremont with ETA from a few days ago
    -The fact that you can enjoy this now while others will receive their generic AP/PP in 5-10 years waiting time

    Even if someone doesn’t like it…can anyone suggest a similar piece that does all of these well and offers similar value?

    • DanW94

      The VC Overseas comes in a bit lower price wise and has 150m WR. Also has a nicely finished in-house movement.

      • I like the Overseas three hander and the chrono. However, their more complicated models like the dual time are very unbalanced visually. I’d still take this (or any) Lange over most VC’s.

    • Independent_George

      Well, actually, the Bremont contained an LJP movement, but otherwise, I but I agree with all your points.

      I think there is too much Lange DNA in the design. Lange is ultimately an old-fashioned haute horological manufacture, and, to be honest, a luxury steel sports watch is not exactly an example of haute horology. I think there is a reason why AP, then Patek, went outside their four walls and hired Gerald Genta, and why neither have designed nor released anything similar to the RO or the Nautilus other than variations and adding complications on the existing design. It because it’s not in their DNA, either.

      I might be in the minority, but I but don’t think this is a complete miss. Off-target, yes, but it still hits the dart board, albeit barely. The only real miss for me is the bracelet. But it’s a big miss. It’s simply too old-fashioned. I think a three-link design, similar to the Journe Octo, would have looked less fussy.

      Bracelets make or break these watches. Yet it’s what B&R and Chopard and now Lange, seemed to have out the least amount of thought into.

    • SuperStrapper

      They apparantly are telling dealers to have customers expect delivery in late 2020. I think that is a great lead, not bad at all; and clearly shows they’ve been working on this for a while.

  • AlbieC

    In spite of all the shortcomings noted below, I must say, I prefer this already to a Nautilus or an RO…

    I didn’t think it was quite clear… is the crown screwed down? The back looks like a threaded type, so those are 2 traits I like in a sports watch so it locks up like a vault… Along those lines, I don’t like the idea of additional pusher controls, though, that may act points of weakness in the water resistance… wish those functions could simply have been integrated into the screw down (hopefully) crown.

    Beautiful modern movement, too… much more desirable to me than the 20+ year old 324 with a 40hour power reserve that Patek Phillipe continues to put into its offerings.

  • ray h.

    I think on a well thought out strap this would be very handsome. Too much money,but that’s lange and pretty much every swiss watch maker,the only way to justify the prices is in comparison,i.e peso to dollars,so real world 7k but in watch pesos 28k.

    • SuperStrapper

      You’ll see this on strap before long. It was obviously always in the cards. I’m buckled up for my first Lange rubber.

  • You can even sense that Jack Forster of Hodinkee was trying to sound diplomatic and optimistic but deep inside he must be feeling disappointed with the typically Germanic 5 link integrated bracelet

    The Gerald Genta bracelet will always reign supreme

  • TheChuphta

    I knew it might take a while, but eventually Lange would turn out a major miss. If it had to stay on the bracelet, I don’t think I’d wear this if I got it for free (and I’m a broke-ass civil servant). Wait, is there an easy way to wear it caseback up?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Well, on the possitive side, you’re always going to know what day it is.

  • IanE

    Hmm, love almost everything about the back, hate almost everything about the front (and the, to my eyes, horrible, bracelet).

  • Beefalope

    Meh.

  • LetoAtreides69

    This is a disappointing release. It stays on the safe side of luxury watch. If you look at the classics, those sport watches have almost nothing in common with the rest of their lineup. This is too Lange-y and not sporty enough. My suggestions would be: Mirror the crown guards on other side, commit to integrated bracelet (and do something more exciting than a 5 link), change font away from standard lange set, change sub-seconds hand to something sportier to match rest of dial.. It just feels too safe to really add to a grail list.

    • WINKS

      My thoughts exactly.

    • BadgerHeel

      But I think that’s part of the criticism of the Code 11:59. It was such a departure from traditional AP that people didn’t like it. I’d consider a Code if they changed the dial and font to a more traditional AP style. I get the crown guard mirroring comment but then people would say they’re copying the Nautilus. This is at least instantly recognizable as a Lange.

    • Rob Crenshaw

      I don’t think there’s as much room now as there was in the ‘70s for all-new designs, mostly everything’s been tried, refined, morphed, failed, and tried again. To set out with a design brief to make another RO or Nautilus in an era when a watch is *completely unnecessary* is a journey towards failure, and Lange cannot afford that mistake.

      Amidst the ocean of current Genta direct descendants, inspired-bys, and blatant ripoffs, the Odysseus is refreshingly resolute. If the worst criticism of it is it’s plain bracelet and Lange-consistent design, then the watch is a success.

  • Independent_George

    Well, at least no one is accusing Lange of making an homage, so it’s got that going for it.

  • BrJean

    At last some big news in the world of horology. I noticed that this watch gets a lot of hate in the media for unclear reason. I agree that blue dials stopped being cool a while ago and the bracelet looks too wide but it’s still Lange and this fellas know how to make an almost perfect watch. Overall, very good debut. Just need more color variety. But I still have to say that for me VC Overseas remains the best in luxury sports league.

  • SMB

    I’m with Mr Bredan on this one. I think it will take some time to get to know this watch, to see it in person and see how it evolves.

    I like that it looks like a Lange, front and back, which makes it different to the established competition. I’m just not sure how well that style works as a sport watch. The new movement is interesting, since I’m always forgetting what day it is. Hopefully we will see the movement in a Saxonia in future.

  • David Stettenbauer

    Love it

  • WINKS

    Lacks a design edge. Too generic.

  • The bracelet is hard to digest… but, I’m not entirely sure if it’s because the attempt of making a integrated look or the 5-link style that seems too busy. But, I’ve done a quick and poorly editing and if the bracelet had a “regular” proportion it would look too cheap. And, I’ve also embedded the Nautillus bracelet style, just for a sake, and it looks too bling…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c32532633c255dc319407e34ecc5ed2e7af10188eba10049a50b23f67ae588dd.png

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/90bc43538995c94a9f9188ae86a8de5c2452eb57689c0f82110faecf7e7e08da.png

    Well, kudos to Lange, that totally went out of their comfort zone and released a watch that embrace their brand style and doesn’t look like a knock off.

  • Adam B

    Not a bad debut for their first sports watch. However, I prefer a sweep seconds hand for a sports watch; leave the subsidiary ones for the dress watches. As others have commented, I don’t think that bracelet is going to go over well; so, why not offer it with a rubber strap as an alternative with a lower price point?

  • BNABOD

    A big huge ginormous NO and especially not for 28k. Don’t care who made it , it is hideous.

  • PowNation

    This is a great looking piece, and the finishing is superb but the price is a slap in the face. I was expecting somewhere in the half range but then this is A Lange & Sohne release and not some everyman’s steel Rolex.

  • Ugo

    i’m a big fan of sub-seconds.
    especially if you add complication (another example is GMT, which hand for functional reasons should be always centred although this is something that seems hard to understand for watchmakers… ????) this is a beautiful way to keep the thickness of the watch to a reasonable level.
    and “elegant” doesn’t mean necessarily “not sporty”.

    • Mikita

      You got me wrong. I am also a big fan of small seconds. Actually, favorite daily beater of mine has a small second at 6 o’clock. Just in this particular case, I feel like a central second might work better.

  • I demand an alternative strap!!! Go back to the drawing board, create a patented rubber with reinforced bendable metal alloy frame and call it Austernflex ????

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    I don’t see this as a “sports”watch.
    Try again.

  • Tarentinou
    • Richard Baptist

      That actually looks better!

  • Amit Menachemi

    I think ALS has now a better sports watch than the 3 big AP, Vacheron and Patek.

  • Independent_George

    They will sell out the production run, since Lange doesn’t make many watches in the first place. But I also don’t see this watch really bringing in many new collectors into Lange orbit. It’s just doesn’t have the “wow” factor.

    And just because it might become a waiting-list darling, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with issues.

    Lange was one of the few brands where the ABTW commentariat could find little or no wrong. I began to wonder if the love for Lange was beginning to become reflexive hive-mind think, so I am impressed that many of the more thoughtful regulars have issues with this watch.

  • Independent_George

    The BR05 bracelet suits the style, but it’s derivative of the Nautilus bracelet, and, IMHO, that’s where much of the homage criticism comes from, because the dial and case is faithful to B&R’s design language.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9345ea4992d166e2faf677afc816124bc3ea1cfa46917659e54be8588a02250e.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8be38bc0eaffe26998e231c7bae7011dde71b0d6f267e6704771b8e5fb07c72f.jpg

    Nomos bracelets look much better live, at least I thought so. I took a picture, but I thought they looked even worse. But it looked good on my wrist, at least I thought it did. And so did the saleswoman. And they never lie to a vain man.

    • Mikita

      I don’t find BR 05’s bracelet to be a direct homage to Nautilus bracelet. For me it looks closer to the so called H-link bracelet, which has been around for quite some time. What separates the Nautilus bracelet from plain H-link are the “3D” polished inserts, they have visual volume, protrude from the bracelet, and BR didn’t utilize such thing, so it’s a safe territory. Strictly IMHO, of course.

      • egznyc

        Yeah I’m with you. I rather like the BR 05 and its bracelet, too.

      • JamesWWIII

        Exactly. No company has a monopoly on the H-link. In fact, when I see one, I usually think of Sinn first.

  • I want post #66th on this thread? Alright People.Want see how the Odysseus looks like in real life?

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Ai4_OHBPs/?igshid=esfepvn372y9

  • egznyc

    Hah! I am pretty sure you’re being facetious (right?).

  • Rob Crenshaw

    The production will be too low to have any impact on AP/PP SS, and shoppers in this price range are likely to have all the watches anyway. In other words it’s an addition, not an alternative.

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