Angelus has a long and storied history and is arguably one of the most influential chronograph makers of the past century and a half. The company was founded in 1891 and quickly earned a reputation for creating exceptionally complicated watches before ceasing operation in the late 1970s. Being dormant for over three decades before its revival in 2015 meant that the name was slipping out of sight for most present-day enthusiasts. Now part of the Citizen Group and brought back to life by the Manufacture La Joux-Perret, Angelus is a low volume high-complexity type watch manufacturer with a very modern and sporty edge. Recently reviving the iconic Chronodate, in spirit at least, Angelus continues with this newfound and contemporary direction with the new Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon.
What the new Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon represents is basically the merger of the angular style of the new Chronodate, with the movement we know from the U23 Carbon Cocktail collection. This series of 8 unique pieces has now lent out its flying tourbillon movement to the angular case of the Chronodate, yet coming in at around 3mm slimmer.
While the new look of the Chronodate is nothing like the olden days, it does fit into the contemporary philosophy Angelus has adopted since its rebirth. The angular 42.50mm wide case is slimmed down to a very reasonable 11.7mm in height, given the fact it doesn’t have to house a chronograph movement anymore. The notched 18k red gold bezel sits atop a carbon mid-case, which is secured into a partially hollowed-out 18k red gold outer case. The finishing consists of vertical brushing, interchanged with chamfered and polished edges.
Powered by the in-house made Calibre A-250, the Angelus Gold & Carbo Flying Tourbillon lacks a traditional date. Instead, there’s basically just a sloped black flange with applied gold indices and rhodium-plated hour and minutes hands. For the rest, you get a full view of parts of the winding mechanism, running gear and the one-minute flying tourbillon escapement. The gold bridges continue the strong contrast of the watch’s exterior. The hand-wound movement runs at a frequency of 21,600vph and has a power reserve of a more than decent 90 hours when fully wound.
The Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon is worn on a black rubber “ballistic” strap with a canvas-like embossed pattern on top. It’s secured to the wrist with an 18k red gold and titanium folding buckle. It is limited to 18 pieces only, at a price of CHF 68,900.
For more information, please visit Angelus-Watches.com