Swiss luxury watch brand Angelus has expanded its Chronodate collection by introducing a new red gold and two titanium versions.
The red gold version comes with a jet-black dial, while the remaining two models in titanium is available in two dial options: jet black and fern green.
Proposed in unlimited series, the new references boast a 42.5 mm case that continues the neo-retro spirit of Angelus Chronodate.
The movement is housed in a container machined from a carbon-fibre composite. The chronograph push-pieces, also made from carbon composite, are directly applied to this vessel. Lastly, a ring between the case middle and bezel is also made from this matte black material.
Around this container, Angelus has designed an attachment system consisting of an open-worked cradle that brings the case middle and lugs into a single line, made from 5N red gold or titanium. It also houses the bezel marked with 12 notches, which is also cut from these same metals.
Introduced in 2022, the Chronodate collection recalls Angelus’s roots, since the brand was a first rate manufacturer of chronographs from the 1930s onwards.
The watches were small in diameter to cater to the tastes of the time. These modest dimensions made the counters appear particularly large and visible, so Angelus has naturally now chosen to give the Chronodate imposing counters that offer optimal readability.
The counters are set on a deep-black dial fittingly described as “velvet black” or on a subtle shade of “fern” green. All the dials are punctuated with large applied Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova.
Driven by the A-500 calibre, the Chronodate displays the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. A hand-based date display circles around the edge of the dial to pay homage to the first Angelus Chronodate in 1942.
Its red arrowhead sets the tone for the secondary indications; the markings on the chronograph push-pieces, the chronograph central seconds hand and the 30-minute counter hand are all finished with a touch of red lacquer.
Oscillating at a frequency of 4 Hz, the A-500 calibre incorporates a column wheel and a horizontal coupling clutch to keep a slim profile. This self-winding mechanical movement features an oscillating weight shaped like a capital letter “A” above a star – Angelus’s emblem depicting a bell and its clapper.
This rotor is in tungsten on the Chronodate Titanium and is fitted with a 5N red-gold counterweight on the Chronodate Gold.
Models: Angelus Chronodate Red Gold & Chronodate Titanium
Calibre A-500, self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 7.90 mm
Power reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 vph
Main plate: Sandblasted and NAC-treated
Bridges: Microblasted and NAC-treated, satin-finished edges
Wheels: Circular-grained and rhodium-plated
Oscillating weight: tungsten with 18-carat red-gold (5N) or tungsten decoration
Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and peripheral date
Bezel, crown and monobloc case middle: 18-carat red gold (5N) or titanium
Chamber, bezel ring and push-pieces: carbon composite
Satin-finished surfaces, polished chamfers
Diameter: 42.50 mm
Thickness: 14.25 mm
Front glass: Box sapphire, anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case-back: Box sapphire crystal, anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 metres/3 ATM
Red gold version: Velvet black dial
Titanium version: Velvet black or fern green dial
Applied numerals and hands (hour and minute) with Super-LumiNova
Black rubber strap or titanium bracelet
Red gold: titanium blades and 18-carat red-gold (5N) cap
Titanium: titanium blades and cap
Suggested retail price in Switzerland
Red gold version with rubber strap: CHF 42,900 incl. tax (subject to change)
Titanium version with rubber strap: CHF 22,900 incl. tax (subject to change)
Titanium version with titanium bracelet: CHF 24,700 incl. tax (subject to change)