Angelus presents Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon, a limited edition timepiece that fuses it technicality with precious materials and finishes.
Limited to 18 pieces, this sporty flying tourbillon watch features a 42.5 mm diameter case in carbon composite and red gold. The A-250 calibre gives it a three-dimensional skeletonised look with its array of bridges in relief.
For this model, Angelus has introduced a new case design with sleek and dynamic lines to harmonize with the extreme technicality of this supremely graphic timepiece.
The red gold crown with wide notches has a rubber insert for improved grip and is protected by an asymmetrical guard projecting from the lugs. The crenellated bezel presents Angelus’ signature slight angular grooves.
The A-250 skeletonised flying tourbillon calibre is surrounded by an ultra-rigid and ultralight carbon composite container. It is held within an open-worked 18K 5N red gold case middle.
The bridges of the Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon form its face. In the absence of a dial, these components play an expressive role in any skeleton movement. And since the main plate of the A-250 calibre is made from woven carbon composite, it is black, accentuating the contrasting 18K red gold bridges. Their volume is also emphasised by their placement above the carbon, arranged in pivotal positions on a higher level.
The bridges are hollowed out, as are the arms of the wheels. The aim of this skeletonisation is to reduce the physical weight of the piece and to lighten the aesthetic impression. After being pared down, these miniature sculptures are chamfered by hand along all their edges. Their flat surface, measuring less than half a millimetre across, then undergoes careful horizontal satin-brushing to give a matte finish. To put the final flourish on these bridges, Angelus has attached them to the main plate using Angelus screws with a proprietary head.
The flange, which marks the transition between bezel and watch interior, is finished with a matte black PVD treatment. It is then graduated with sets of five increments, separated by three-dimensional white gold hour-markers filled with a luminescent substance. Since this flange is placed level with the bezel, it creates a sunken effect that accentuates the feeling of depth in the A-250 calibre.
The tourbillon is situated at 6 o’clock, next to a bridge that does not hold it in place and instead supports the first wheel in the gear train. The tourbillon is only fixed in place from below, making it a flying tourbillon. It is attached directly to the carbon main plate, which is pierced in this spot to give a transparent effect, accentuating the sense of levitation and highlighting the tourbillon’s rotation.
Meanwhile, the balance oscillating within it also has a pared-down construction. Instead of being a ring like most balances, it is a cut, non-circular flywheel. Lighter and more efficient in terms of drag, it further enhances the innate timekeeping performance of an Angelus tourbillon.
The workings are housed within a vast sapphire crystal glass box. This transparent component is angled – almost vertically where it touches the bezel – to provide a large, flat surface for the Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon’s spectacular display.
The Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon watch comes with a black ballistic-style rubber strap, featuring an interchangeable system and a red gold and titanium folding clasp.
Model: Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon
Hours and minutes
Calibre A-250, skeletonised, hand-wound mechanical, one-minute flying tourbillon
Diameter: 32.60 mm
Thickness: 5.78 mm
Power reserve: 90 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21,600 vph
Main plate: carbon fibre
Bridges: 18K red gold (5N), satin-finished
Screws: Angelus design
Tourbillon carriage: chamfered and hand-polished
Flange: Black PVD treatment
18K white gold hour-markers with Super-LumiNova
Hands rhodium-plated, with Super-LumiNova
Material: 18K red gold (5N) and carbon composite
Diameter: 42.50 mm
Thickness: 11.70 mm
Crystal: Sapphire box, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Back: Sapphire, anti-reflecting coating
Water resistance: 30 metres/3 ATM
With interchangeable system
Material: black “ballistic” rubber
Buckle: Folding clasp, 18K red gold (5N) and titanium
Limited edition of 18 pieces
Retail price (in Switzerland)
CHF 68,900 tax included