The A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus is and will continue to be a divisively designed watch. I have been absolutely in love with Lange’s sports masterpiece (which I would designate under the underused “leisure watch” category) since it debuted in steel in 2019, followed by a white gold model and then last year’s model. Titanium version. Now available at Watches & Wonders 2023, Lange returns to steel with the introduction of the new Odysseus Chronograph.

Even if Odysseus isn’t to your taste, this new release still inspires me to write some of the best words composed in the English language: the launch of a new Lange movement. While the first three Odysseus models all used the L155.1 Datomatic caliber, this chronograph version debuted the L156.1 caliber, which was also Lange’s first automatic chronograph. As you might have guessed, the L156.1 movement is built upon the L155.1 movement, so let go of any connections or associations you might make with the L.951.5 caliber found in the chronograph 1815 manual wind hour, L.951.6 seen in Datograph Up /Down, L001.1 seen in Double Split, L.132.1 found in Triple Split, or L101.2 seen in Rattrapante 1815. Allow me a moment to catch my breath… Lange certainly made a lot of chronograph movements, right? And that’s not even all of them.

Well, the L156.1 caliber is absolutely something new. Note that none of the sub-dials have a chronograph recording function? Instead of the typical method of displaying elapsed time via sub-dials, the Odysseus Chronograph has a “diamond” shaped hand in the middle that ticks in elapsed 60-minute intervals (making the watch even The 30-minute timer also seems a bit lackluster). comparison, right?). Basically, it operates at 4 Hz and has a power reserve of 50 hours. As for the finishing, you have classic warm German silver plates and bridges combined with a hand-engraved balance bridge, gold chatons with blued screws and a black rhodium center rotor with a white centrifugal block. needle.

As for the case, it’s 41mm wide and 14.2mm thick (with 120m of water resistance) with a matching stainless steel strap. The aesthetic on this one is “classic Odyssey,” which is impressive considering the addition of a chronograph function. The pushers blend perfectly with the Odysseus design language but of course these are not typical chronograph pushers. The pusher at 2 o’clock activates and stops the chronograph, which is simple enough. However, the pusher at 4 o’clock activates the reset function, which moves the minute counter to 12 o’clock but the red chronograph hand rotates rapidly for each passing minute. If it is less than 30 minutes, the clock hand will move counterclockwise, and if it exceeds 30 minutes, it will move clockwise. To the eye, this looks like the minute counter returns to the 12 o’clock position a little slower than the red chronograph hand. Seeing something so painstakingly tedious happen at such a quick clip just makes me fall in love with incredible watchmaking all over again.

There is also a dual function system that is activated when the crown is pulled out. The pusher can now be used to adjust the date and day of the week instead of operating the stopwatch.

The dial is made of black bronze with grain on the central disc and a circular guilloché pattern around the outer ring. This same combination is scaled down and repeated for the seconds sub-dial, which is a nice and thoughtful touch. The hour, minute and second hands as well as the decorations are all made of white gold while the 60-minute counter is made of rhodium steel and the red chronograph seconds hand is made of aluminum. I find the dial layout of the Odysseus very nice with the large date and day apertures creating a great off-center design. Coupled with the asymmetrical and stylized case, the entire package is confidently divisive.

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