The watchmaker Angelus can look back on a long tradition in innovative wristwatches. This history of manufacture chronographs for the wrist began in 1925 with a monopusher. The company’s first highlight was the launch of the Chronodato in 1942, the world’s first serially manufactured chronograph featuring a calender. Throughout subsequent decades, more groundbreaking chronographs followed, so when it came to developing an entirely new chronograph movement, Angelus’ engineers and watchmakers knew they had to come up with something utterly exceptional. After five years of intensive research and development (secured by several patents), Angelus now presents its U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante.
This watch unites three coveted haute horlogerie complications in a contemporary, three-dimensional form that is unlike any other: a one-minute tourbillon, a fly-back double column wheel chronograph, a split-seconds (rattrapante), a self-winding mechanism and a power reserve indicator.
However technically complicated the combination of this three haute horlogerie complications is, it is the movement’s contemporary architecture and the three-dimensional design that make this watch really unique. All of the complications have been re-engineered based on structural optimization and skeletonized to reveal as much of the movement as possible on the dial side, all while ensuring maximum legibility of the time and chronograph functions.
The complications of the movement are built on several layers, all visible thanks to the skeletonized bridges. To further increase the impression of depth, the movement is fully transparent around the tourbillon and treated in various shades of black and grey.
A tour of the open dial begins with skeletonized central hour and minute hands. The tourbillon occupies a quarter of the dial space and can be seen watched through the skeletonized movement plate and bridges at 10 o’clock. The tourbillon is high-beat with 4 Hz. Its cage is entirely made of non-magnetic material and reduced to the maximum to minimize mass and optimize performance.
The power reserve indicator, with visible gears and wheels, is positioned at 8 o’clock.
The rattrapante or split-seconds function is highly complex and allows the timing of different events that begin but do not end together. Two separate chronograph second hands are set one over the other; the one underneath is the split-seconds hand. When the chronograph is started, both hands start moving in lockstep together, until a press of the pusher in the crown “splits” them, with the top hand continuing and the bottom split-seconds hand stopping to allow an intermediate time to be noted. By again pressing the pusher, the split-seconds hand will instantly catch up to the main chronograph hand. Integrated onto the bridge at 3 o’clock, a 30-minute counter completes the chronograph functions.
The Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante is first of all a fly-back chronograph, which means that the timing operation can be directly reset and restart without having to be stopped first. This function allows instant restarting of the chronograph with one push.
The complicated, skeletonized movement and dial are housed in a 47 mm grade 5 titanium case with black coating on the case band. To see even more of the exceptional movement, the back is transparent. This timepiece comes on a black stealth alligator with titanium insert or rubber.
This is a limited edition; there will only be 25 pieces available.