Last year A. Lange & Söhne entered the Gerald Genta-inspired fray with their own take on sports luxe, the Odysseus. From the integrated steel bracelet to the layered blue dial, it was a flawless Saxon take on industrial design, albeit with a serious haute horology price tag.
Now though, Lange has dropped all pretence of the Odysseus being a sports timepiece with their latest white gold edition.
Aside from the change in metal, the specs are the same as previously, meaning a 40.5mm and Lange’s own L 155.1 Datomatic movement, complete with a 50-hour power reserve and absolutely stunning finishing.
The main differences here are the dial and strap. The former has been changed from blue to slate grey, with a slight change in the texture to match, opting for radial grooves. It’s a sleeker, glossier look to pair with the white gold.
The second change is the bracelet, which has been exchanged for either a brown leather or black silicone number. Given that a white gold bracelet would pump up the price drastically, it’s not too much of a surprise, and the silicone does hark back to the sports roots.
While most of us were expecting a GMT edition to pop up this year – and honestly, I’m still a bit miffed it didn’t – the white gold version opts for design over functionality. That’s not too big a deal, given that nobody seriously considered the original Odysseus a sports watch anyway.
More importantly, it leaves plenty of room for Lange to play with their first entirely new design in quite a while.
Price & Specs:
Brand: A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus White Gold
Reference: 363.068 (black silicone strap)
363.038 (Brown leather)
Case/Dial: 40.5mm diameter x 11.1mm thickness, white gold case, grey brass dial
Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)
Movement: Calibre L 155.1 Datomatic, manual and automatic
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds sub-dial, large day and date display
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 50h
Strap: Black silicone or brown leather
More details at A. Lange & Söhne.