The Clean, Modernist Display of the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumière.The first thing one first notices when viewing the U10 Tourbillon Lumière is its rectangular shape along with its time display and one-minute flying tourbillon encased in two separate sapphire crystal windows. This unusual looking timepiece signals the rebirth of the watch brand, Angelus, revived after lying dormant for more than 30 years by Manufacture La Joux-Perret.
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This clean, modernist display pays tribute to Angelus’ acclaimed travel clocks. Angelus pioneered the concept of displaying a range of information on different dials with dedicated windows for each indication. The design also takes its cues from the work of iconic industrial designers of the 1960s and ’70s, including Dieter Rams and Achille Castiglioni. The assertive, sculpturally-shaped case spreads out generously on either side of the black strap, almost dwarfing the alligator leather fixation. Without curved corners to soften its strong lines, the case would resemble a linear and blocky box. The 62.75 mm x 38 mm x 15 mm case features seven sapphire crystals that allow the watch display, the separate tourbillon and the in house caliber to be visible from the front, back and sides. The tourbillon alone is visible from five angles • AdM