A. Lange & Söhne: Titanium for the Win

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You have been shocked if you noticed it in metal, after which promptly handed over your bank card. Subsequent, you have been perplexed when it appeared in white gold with a rubber strap, however you mentioned take my cash anyway. You recognize it; you adore it; and so does everybody else with good sense… and quite a lot of cents to spare. Girls and gents, stand up and provides your finest impression of a Saxon roar because the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus returns to the Palexpo, this time in titanium! Okay, that opening took so much out of me, and it was truly meant to open a video concerning the watch (which we’re very a lot engaged on). Test it out (when it’s out) and see if my skilled sports activities narrator persona hits.

To be truthful right here, A. Lange & Söhne by no means debuted the metal Odysseus on the Geneva present, so this titanium chap is the primary to grace these hallowed halls. As Ruckdee Chotjinda and I get into it elsewhere this challenge, this watch is so clearly a winner that I even contemplated excluding it from my lineup this challenge. I imply, we’re making a video and all the pieces so it appears a bit a lot to spring this on you on this part too, particularly for the reason that watch is restricted to 250 items, and might be all gone by the point you learn this. In case you might be on the fence about this (who’re you? Please contact us), there are just a few vital factors concerning the Odysseus in titanium that make it stand out. I’ll spare us all of the recap on what makes the watch tick and get proper to the details.

In titanium, the watch is way lighter, as you’d anticipate versus both metal or white gold. This makes the watch head sit somewhat higher on the wrist — it might be argued that the metal model labored on most wrists, however this one goes the additional mile and makes the expertise extra snug. Subsequent, the mixture of matte and polished ending for the case and the bracelet is solely spectacular, contemplating how tough it’s to gussy up titanium. The watchmakers at A. Lange & Söhne opted for micro-blasting to attain the matte look, however the shiny bits — together with the hyperlinks within the bracelet — are hand-polished. Take a second to let that sink in. Take a look at the watch once more, and rely the hyperlinks. You recognize you wish to. We are going to wait. If you’re not duly impressed, then you recognize this watch just isn’t for you.

Lastly, there’s the brand new Ice Blue dial, which has completely received Ruckdee over (and in addition Logan Baker at Hodinkee). Additionally it is adorned in a means subtly completely different to the metal model (I can’t bear in mind the dial of the white gold model within the steel), which is a pleasant element. In a means, that is the icing on the horological cake that workforce A. Lange & Söhne have so rigorously ready. Now, if solely somebody would serve you up a slice of that.

Motion: Computerized calibre L 155.1 with huge day and date; 50-hour energy reserve
Case: 40.5mm in grade 5 titanium; water resistant to 120m
Strap: Grade 5 titanium bracelet
Worth: €55,000

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