The announcement in late 2019 of the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus somehow came as a surprise. First, it was the German brand’s first-ever sports watch, while the competition was already well active in this field. Second, it was a rather unexpected watch, as many hope for a watch like the competition, but it wasn’t… In short, it is the A. Lange & Söhne you can wear on a daily basis, at the pool, on holidays, but not a true ultra-thin luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet (like an RO or a Nautilus). First unveiled in steel, followed by a white gold edition, now A. Lange & Söhne drops the first limited edition model… And it’s stunning, yet rare and very exclusive. Meet the Odysseus Titanium Limited Edition.
The new Odysseus Titanium is basically the same watch you’ve come to love (or not) as before. Except for changes in the materials, finishings and colours, it’s entirely identical to the stainless steel model regarding proportions and mechanics. And we encourage you to read this article first, as it will tell you a lot about this specific model. So, the basics are all the attributes of a Lange watch, with refinement and mechanical beauty, in a non-precious 120m WR case of 40.5mm x 11.1mm, with an automatic movement, a display with small seconds and Day-Date and a metallic bracelet that isn’t entirely integrated into the overall design.
What mostly changed in this context is the material, as the Odysseus now comes in grade 5 titanium, an alloy known for its lightness (about 40% less than steel), its slightly different colour and its great resistance to external aggressions. While the steel model was mostly brushed, the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Titanium is largely matte, with sandblasted surfaces. This treatment of the case and bracelet brings a different look to the watch, yet the multiple polished accents (bezel, sides of the case and lugs, edges of the links) have been retained. Apart from this different look and stealthy colour, there will be a clear comfort advantage here. Otherwise, we’ll find a case with traditional Lange lugs, a large bezel, an asymmetrical profile that actually hides pushers to correct the day-date function, a screw-down crown and sapphire crystals on both sides.
The dial of the Odysseus Titanium is also bringing its dosage of novelties. Apart from a new ice-blue colour that matches well with the stealthy look of the case, the patterns have been revised too, with a wave-like decor on the hour chapter ring. The small seconds is still snailed and the central parts are grained. The hands and the applied markers are polished, faceted white gold, filled with luminous material. An ode to other models of the brands, and specifically to the Zeitwerk, the dial features two large windows at 6 and 9 o’clock, framed by large polished elements, to display the date (oversized, with two discs) and the day of the week – two elements that not only give the ALS personality but also differentiate this watch from the rest of the crown of high-end sports watches.
Under the hood is the automatic, in-house Calibre L155.1 Datomatic. A rare element for ALS, it is wound by a central rotor and beats at 4Hz – two specifications that demonstrate the wish for modernity, resistance and practicality. The movement features a cam-poised balance with four poising screws and in-house balance spring. It is also equipped with a transversal balance cock for better shock resistance. And the power reserve is rated at 50 hours. Other than that, it’s typical Lange, with high-end decoration, double assembly and hand-engraved cock. The finishing includes stripes, bevelled edges, blues screws and a skeletonised and partially black-rhodiumed rotor with platinum mass.
The bracelet of the Odysseus Titanium follows the same principles as the case, with matte and polished surfaces. As said, it’s not entirely integrated but flows with the case. It is closed by a folding clasp with precision-stepped, easily operable micro-adjustment mechanism. Thus the length of the bracelet can be changed by as much as 7 millimetres by simply pressing the logo on the clasp.
Availability & Price
The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Titanium (ref. 363.117) is a limited edition of 250 pieces, only available in the brand’s boutiques. It will be priced at EUR 55,000 – which has to be compared to EUR 28,000 for the steel version (at the time of launch) or EUR 42,000 for the gold version on a rubber strap… Feels a bit overpriced in our opinion, don’t you think?
For more details, please visit www.alange-soehne.com.