Perpetuating Angelus’ legacy of innovative chronographs: U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante .
Built like a supercar, the Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante unites three coveted “haute horlogerie” complications in a contemporary, three-dimensional form that is unlike any other: the tourbillon, fly-back double column wheel chronograph and split-seconds (rattrapante), while also boasting automatic winding with a power reserve display.
Angelus can look back on a long tradition in innovative chronograph wristwatches: this history of manufacture chronographs for the wrist began in 1925 with a monopusher. The company’s first highlight was the 1942 launch of the Chronodato, the world’s first serially manufactured chronograph with calendar. Throughout subsequent decades, Angelus released ever more groundbreaking chronographs, many of them including world-first complications.
So when it came to developing an entirely new chronograph movement, Angelus’ present-day engineers and watchmakers knew that they had to do something utterly exceptional. After five years of intensive research and development secured by several patents, Angelus now presents the U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante. It features 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 that combination is, it is the movement’s contemporary architecture and three-dimensional design that make the Angelus Tourbillon Rattrapante truly unique. All of these complications have been reengineered 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 skeleton bridges alone allow the display of no fewer than 15 different wheels dial side The movement hosts a number of complications – all fully integrated rather than modular add-ons – that are built on several layers, all visible thanks to the skeletonized bridges that create a form evoking the “A” of Angelus. To further increase the impression of depth, the movement is fully transparent around the tourbillon and treated in various shades of black and grey.
With its exquisite craftsmanship and its visionary design, the U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante perfectly symbolizes the rebirth of Angelus. After lying dormant for 30 years, the brand has now been revived by new management, which has spent three years developing the next generation of visionary timepieces. The first of these, the U10 Tourbillon Lumière was launched in 2015, followed in 2016 by the U20 Ultra Light Tourbillon and U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante. All models have been developed at the Angelus manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, just a stone’s throw from where the Stolz brothers established their original factory.