The Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon leads a new generation of Angelus cases. Its sleek and dynamic lines are befitting of 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.
Meanwhile, the A-250 skeletonised flying tourbillon calibre is surrounded by an ultra-rigid and ultralight carbon composite container. To complete the overall effect, the Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon comes with a black ballistic-style rubber strap, featuring an interchangeable system and a red gold and titanium folding clasp.
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 star of this Angelus’ multilevel display is the tourbillon. It 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: ethereal, technical, graphic, and very Angelus.
Limited edition of 18 pieces – Guide Price: CHF 68,900
- Dial color: Black
- Luminescence: Yes
- Case size: 42.50mm
- Case material: Carbon, Red Gold
- Case back: Open
- Strap material: Rubber
- Strap color: Black
- Buckle type: Folding Clasp
- Flying Tourbillon
- Water resistance 30m/3 bar