A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus Steel Blue Dial
- Condition: Excellent
- Model: 363.179
- Movement: Automatic
- Strap Length: 195mm
- Scope: Box & Papers
- Year: 2020
- Case Width: 40.5mm
- Listing ID: SD023492
|Scope||Original Box & Papers|
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This watch is in excellent condition, with some light marks on the case and bracelet.
Comes in original box with documents.
The Odysseus is Lange's newest (and most controversial) product family. While the terms 'sports watch' and 'Lange' aren't necessarily natural companions, the Odysseus is, even at a quick glance, very much a product of the brand. From its sporty take on Lange's alpha hands to the iconic Big Date, this watch exhibits the manufacture's signature DNA. However, the watch itself is a distinctly original design and holds its own without being derivative of its more well-known integrated bracelet sports watch contemporaries.
Perfectly proportioned for a modern wearer at 40.5mm in diameter, it also showcases an entirely new movement. While finished to an extremely high standard and unmistakeably reminiscent of Lange's other movements, the movement is the brand's first example of a balance bridge. This allows the movement to sustain more punishment expected of a sports watch.
While conceptually similar to other luxury sports watches, the Odysseus maintains a uniquely Saxon aesthetic that sets it apart from the competition.
A. LANGE & SÖHNE
From the ashes of the Cold War, A. Lange & Söhne's relaunch in 1994 reintroduced the world to both the brand and the concept of fine German watchmaking. When its first four watches debuted, they formed the crest of a resurgent wave of high-end watchmaking. This period marked the high tide of the watchmaking renaissance that began in the late 1970s as a response to the Quartz Crisis. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Lange has since gone from strength to strength, building up a highly-focused range of watches that show off its signature complications and Teutonic aesthetics.
While other brands look to their own history for inspiration, Lange takes a broader view. The brand prides itself in being a thought leader, being one of the first manufactures to produce an in-house manually wound chronograph from scratch a full decade before Patek Philippe. At the same time, Lange also draws design cues from its surroundings, with the most famous example being the 'outsized date' window being inspired by the Five-Minute Clock at the Semper Opera House in Dresden.
This unique combination gives Lange a unique position. While the brand is part of a large luxury group and produces more watches than the highly-revered independent watchmakers, Lange collectors are arguably more passionate than their contemporaries who focus on other brands. The brand's positioning as a challenger while adhering to traditional watchmaking created an alluring combination that managed to excite even the most cynical of collectors, and continues to do so over 25 years after its revival.
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