The Odysseus Chronograph is the first A. Lange & Söhne self-winding chronograph! Four years ago, with the Odysseus, the A. Lange & Söhne watchmakers launched their first sporty-elegant timepiece, showcasing a unique design and a customised, exquisitely finished movement. Now, the Odysseus Chronograph is the sequel to the success story of this watch family. With the youngest member of the Odysseus watch family, A. Lange & Söhne once again forayed into unknown territory, thus underscoring its expertise in the area of short-time measurement. To this day, designing and building a chronograph calibre is considered to be one of the greatest challenges in precision watchmaking. Only a few manufacturers possess the knowledge and ability to develop and craft a similarly complex movement. With a total of 13 manufacture movements, chronographs have been among the most coveted A. Lange & Söhne models since 1999. “The Odysseus Chronograph Transports the contemporary and one-of-a-kind design of the watch family to a new technical dimension. It meets all the requirements of a stopwatch suitable for many fields of application, without relinquishing the hallmarks of Lange precision watchmaking,” says Anthony de Haas, Director of Product Development.
To retain the characteristic dial design of the Odysseus, the manufactory developed a customised movement that positions both chronograph hands in the centre, the minute counter with a lozenge-shaped tip as well as the red chrono seconds hand. As a consequence, the totalisers, which are conventionally arranged at 3 and 9 o’clock, could be dispensed with, and the style-defining positions of the outsize date and day of the week could be maintained. Owing to the expansion of the measuring range from 30 to 60 minutes, the Lange developers succeeded in introducing new fields of application for the chronograph. Additionally, it is endowed with an innovative, dynamic reset-to-zero function. When the reset-to-zero button at 4 o’clock is actuated after a time measurement, a short but impressive spectacle ensues: while the minute counter jumps back to its starting position in the conventional way, the red chrono seconds hand covers the entire distance travelled beforehand within a fraction of a second‒ one full revolution for each measured minute. If the minute counter has not reached the 30- minute mark yet, the two hands move anti-clockwise. If the minute counter has passed the 30- minute mark, both hands will advance to zero clockwise. At high speed, the chrono seconds hand performs a full revolution for every minute required to reach the full hour.
To assure safe and easy operation of the chronograph, the Lange product developers equipped the specially sealed, tapered buttons with a novel dual function. In the normal position of the screw-down crown, the buttons at 2 and 4 o’clock are used to operate the chronograph functions: start, stop and reset to zero. When the crown is pulled, the date and day of the week can be corrected with a newly developed mechanism.
Price March 2023: 135,000 Euro including VAT (a subject to possible changes of course!)
Lange manufacture calibre L156.1 Datomatic®, self-winding, crafted to the most exacting Lange quality standards, decorated and assembled by hand; precision-adjusted in five positions; unidirectional winding central rotor with 950 platinum centrifugal mass; balance bridge engraved by hand
Screwed gold chatons
Shock-resistant cam-poised balance with four poising screws, superior-quality balance spring manufactured in-house, frequency 28,800 A/h (= 4 Hz), precision beat adjustment system with cam and whiplash spring
50 hours when fully wound
Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds with stop seconds; date and day-of-week displays, chronograph with central chrono seconds hand and 60-minute counter
Screw-down crown for winding the watch and setting the time; two buttons for correcting the date and day of week as well as operating the chronograph
Diameter: 42.5 millimetres; height: 14.2 millimetres
Diameter: 34.9 millimetres; height: 8.4 millimetres
Up to 12 bar (120 metres)
Hands and appliques
Hours and minutes: white gold, luminous; subsidiary seconds: white gold; 60-minute counter: rhodiumed steel, luminous; red chrono seconds hand: aluminium; baton appliques: white gold, luminous
Crystal and caseback
Sapphire crystal (Mohs hardness 9)
Safety deployant buckle with precision adjustment mechanism for adjusting the length
100 watches, edition engraving, boutique-exclusive