A. Lange & Söhne has released a titanium variant of its ODYSSEUS watch in a limited edition of 250 pieces. This casually elegant creation boasts a new ice-blue coloured dial and a titanium bracelet with safety deployant buckle.
It is the Saxon brand’s first titanium timepiece. Titanium weighs about 43 per cent less than stainless steel, clearly improving the already high level of comfort of the ODYSSEUS on the wrist. It has a diameter of 40.5 millimetres and a height of 11.1 millimetres. Moreover, titanium is extremely robust and corrosion-resistant. The new ODYSSEUS watch comes with a combination of polished, matte, and brushed surfaces. Like the stainless-steel and white-gold versions, the titanium version has water resistance of 12 bar (120 meters).
In keeping with the other versions of the ODYSSEUS family, the titanium edition also has a multi-part dial. In addition to the new ice-blue colour, it features its own surface structure, primarily showcased by the decor on the hour ring. Here, the fine guilloched grooves extend in gentle arcs to the hour markers, creating an embedded look. This amplifies the three-dimensional effect and doubles as an exclusive signature.
The motif reappears in circular lines on the scale of the subsidiary seconds dial. The irregularly structured inner surfaces of the main and subsidiary dials contrast with the uniform lines. The argenté-coloured flange ring with the minute scale forms a shadow gap and adds lucidity to the dial.
Among the Arabic five-minute numerals in black, the red printed 60 stands out as a colour accent. The sporty nature of the watch is emphasised by prominent hour and minute hands with the Lange-typical lance shape. Just like the notched baton appliques, they are made of polished white gold and filled with a luminous compound.
For its first watch with a titanium case, A. Lange & Söhne created a matching bracelet that forms a harmonious entity with the case. Like the stainless-steel bracelet of the first ODYSSEUS, it is very comfortable to wear. Thanks to its precision-stepped, easily operable adjustment mechanism, the length of the closed bracelet can be changed by as much as 7 millimetres.
Specially conceived for sports and leisure activities, the ODYSSEUS features a reliable and precise self-winding movement that matches the upscale expectations of a manufactory focused on craftsmanship in every respect. This is clearly reflected by the design of the L155.1 DATOMATIC movement that can be admired through the sapphire-crystal caseback.
The name DATOMATIC comes from the words “date” and “automatic”. A skeletonised and partially black-rhodiumed central rotor with a centrifugal mass in 950 platinum delivers ample winding power. This movement provides a power reserve of 50 hours. The oscillation system is designed for superb rate stability. For this purpose, the balance has been aerodynamically optimised with recessed poising screws and firmly suspended beneath the balance bridge.
It is manually engraved with a stylised wave pattern, evoking the water-resistance of the watch. In line with Lange’s philosophy, all parts are lavishly hand-finished and the movement is assembled twice. This includes the German-silver plate decorated with Glashütte ribbing and the screwed gold chaton that marks the position of the escape wheel.
Model: A. Lange & Söhne ODYSSEUS Titanium, Ref. 363.117
Lange manufacture calibre L155.1 DATOMATIC®, self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; unidirectionally winding central rotor with 950 platinum centrifugal mass; balance bridge engraved by hand
Diameter: 32.9 millimetres
Height: 6.2 millimetres
Movement parts: 312
Screwed gold chatons: 1
Escapement: Lever escapement
Oscillation system: Shock-resistant cam-poised balance with four poising screws, superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house, frequency 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour (4 hertz), precision beat adjustment system with cam and whiplash spring
Power reserve: 50 hours when fully wound
Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; date and day-of-week displays
Screw-down crown for winding the watch and setting the time; two buttons for correcting the date and day
Diameter: 40.5 millimetres
Height: 11.1 millimetres
Crystal and caseback: Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
Water resistance: To 12 bar (120 metres)
Hands and appliques
White gold; baton markers, hour and minute luminous
Safety deployant buckle with precision length adjustment mechanism
Limited edition of 250 watches, engraved edition number, Boutique exclusive
Image Credit: Lange Uhren GmbH