Marking a new chapter in Angelus’ Urban Collection of watchmaking. The U21 and U22 Tourbillon revisit the singular movement and streamlined design focused on structural optimization with two new executions: the U21 and U22.
From the movement to the case design, the objective from the get-go has to showcase the splendor of the movement’s architecture and tourbillon while reducing as much weight as possible. For this purpose, the U21 and U22 Tourbillon feature a carbon fiber main plate, giving the impression of being a part of the case.
The U21 Tourbillon interprets the uniquely structured movement in a noble metal case, combining the bezel-less carbon fiber central case element with polished and satin-brushed red gold lugs, enhancing its visual appeal. The skeletonized bridges are red gold for additional harmony between the case and the movement. To further enhance the legibility, the hands are filled with white Super-LumiNova.
The U22 Tourbillon on the other hand features a carbon fiber and titanium case like the original U20, however with an even greater emphasis on weight reduction. Thanks to its carbon fiber main plate, the U22 Tourbillon weighs a mere 54 grams in total. The flange ring has also been revisited, set with a satin-finished applied indexes for the hour markers. The central hands offer a racy look thanks to the red Super-LumiNova.
The goal with these two watches is to present the essence of the movement by removing any superfluous material. The more material is removed, the more the structure of the movement has to be carefully calculated to ensure rigidity and sturdiness for a maximum precision.
The tourbillon does not boast an ordinary movement that has been skeletonized afterwards, but has been created from scratch to be as open, three-dimensional and resplendent as possible.
Angelus hasn’t forgotten about the Haute Horlogerie either: components have been hand-chamfered, hand-polished and hand satin-finished to ensure that the look as good as they are filigree.
And to further increase visibility into the top of the three-dimensional movement, both models feature a case fashioned without a bezel. Instead a sapphire crystal dome iss used, which also allows a sideways view onto the movement.
The watches are powered by the Angelus A-250, a manual-winding calibre with flying tourbillon. It beats with 21,600 vph (3 Hz) and provides a power reserve of 90 hours when fully wound.
Angelus manufactured the cases of the U21 and U22 Tourbillon entirely of carbon fiber, red gold or titanium. They have been designed to echo the three-dimensional aspect and the technical feel of the timepiece. Nicely done, we would say.