In 1942, Angelus launched a rather complex and unusual watch, the Chronodate. This was a watch that combined a bi-compax chronograph with a pointer date indication and has since become quite a famous piece in the brand’s history. After an 80-year hiatus, Angelus is bringing back the spirit of this renowned Chronodate with a completely revamped, contemporary new look. The Angelus Chronodate Editions, as it’s called, comes in titanium and red gold outfits.
The new Chronodate fuses the modern-day expressive watchmaking by Angelus with that of its famous complicated watch from the early 1940s. Some might feel it should have been more in line with the original, but this type of technical, angular construction fits well with the brand’s current position – take, for instance, the U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante or the U53 Tourbillon Dive Watch.
The shaped case comes in titanium or 18k 5N red gold. It is actually composed of six components: the two hollowed sides, the two central links and the bezel and caseback. It’s quite a complex structure and especially challenging to machine out of red gold. Inside, and partially visible through the cut-outs, is a carbon composite container. The bezel in either titanium or red gold is notched and has a carbon composite lower ‘ring’ underneath. The right-hand side of the case construction holds the carbon composite chronograph pushers and a large, shaped crown with a contrasting rubber ring.
In terms of dials, there’s a choice between blue and opaline white. Both are available in the titanium case; however, the gold case is only available in combination with the blue dial. The centre of the dial has a frosted finish with two large sub-dials for the running seconds and the chronograph 30-minute counter. Surrounding the dial is a sloped black minutes track and, of course, the trademark date ring on the perimeter. The hour indices are applied and filled with white Super-LumiNova. The applied Angelus logo is in titanium or red gold and filled by hand with black lacquer.
The Chronodate was known for its pointer date indication, which is honoured with a red triangular-tipped hand. The central hour and minute hands have a syringe-like shape with a Super-LumiNova insert. The central chronograph seconds hand also has a red tip. These are elements taken, in spirit at least, from the design of the original.
Inside ticks the calibre A500, which is made by La Joux-Perret and based on the architecture of the Valjoux 7750. This automatic movement has been reworked to show the pointer date through the central hand, just like the original Chronodate did. It runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and has 26 jewels. The power reserve is a generous 60 hours. Covered by a boxed sapphire crystal, the movement can be admired in full view. The finishing fits within the contemporary design of the watch and includes sandblasted and micro-bead blasted and NAC treated plates and bridges, circular-grained rhodium-plated wheels and more. The rotor is made in tungsten or tungsten and gold.
The Angelus Chronodate Editions are worn on a black or blue textile strap with a folding clasp in titanium or titanium and gold. Each edition is limited to 25 pieces only and retails for CHF 22,900 in titanium or CHF 42,900 in red gold.
For more information, please visit Angelus-Watches.com.