When you are passionate about watches and you spend all your free time gazing at complicated designer timepieces equipped with intricate movements you tend to not get overexcited for every new automatic movement model you see. There are only a few watches out there that are so impressively constructed that actually blow your mind. The Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante is one of the few spectacular self-winding automatic movement timepieces that prove that there is more to an automatic timepiece that meets the eye.
The uniqueness of the Angelus U30 Yourbillon Rattrapante consists of its intricate construction. It is an automatic winding tourbillon watch that has a double column wheel flyback split second chronograph, a power reserve indicator and that delightful skeletonization that fascinates us so much. The ultimate innovation of this model is the double column wheel flyback split second chronograph that has been incorporated in its Angelus A-150 manufacture caliber, a mechanism that was created by the brand’s watchmakers in more than five years. The real challenge was to engineer all these complications so that they fit inside the small size movement, an elegant mechanism that measures 37.60-millimeter-wide and 9.35-millimeter-thick, and looks stunning inside the skeletonized dial and caseback.
The dial of the watch impresses right from the first moment due to its over the top design. There are 15 wheels visible on the dial which complements the hour markers and hands beautifully. In the center there are the hour and minute hands, in the right side there is the 30 minutes sub-dial and below it we find the split seconds column wheel also known as the chronograph’s rattrapante function. At 8 o’clock there is a bright red-green power reserve indicator decorated with stunning wheels and pinions. And the final addition is located in the upper left side of the dial- the one-minute tourbillon. This function is visible through the skeletonized dial and works at 4 Hertz.
The really interesting thing about the Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante is that it has a unique chronograph complication. The watch offers a rattrapante chronograph with a fly-back function. As mentioned earlier, rattrapante refers to the two central chronograph hands that function at the same time, but when you press the crown button the top one counts the time period while the bottom one stops and marks the split time. Even though there are many mind blowing chronographs with impressive functions out there, this one is by far the most interesting chronograph modification available at the moment.
To this very special function the brand’s engineers have added a stunning vibrating automatic winding mechanism and an intriguing tourbillon. The result is a movement that is both intricate and delicate, one that captivates with its innovation and sophistication. The watch has all the modern features of a 21st century fashion timepiece. Its winding rotor and movement bridges are manufactured from solid 22 k white gold treated with black ADLC coating whereas the edges of the bridges and plates are polished intensively.
The elegant steel case measures 47 mm wide and 15 mm thickness and comes with untreated grade 5 titanium lugs and bezel which match the dark themed movement and the black stealth alligator leather strap.
The Angelus U30 Tourbillon Rattrapante is a spectacular timepiece that captures your attention with its rare complexity. Its unique automatic mechanism, magnificent skeletonized dial and case and innovative functions are the things that amaze even the most demanding watch collector.