Swiss watchmaker Angelus revealed a new edition of the brand’s beloved Chronodate family at Geneva Watch Days. The new model features a storm blue dial color paired with snailed metallic black chronograph sub-counters. The Angelus Chronodate Titanium Storm Blue is available on either a black rubber strap or the titanium Angelus bracelet.
The Chronodate collection fuses together Angelus’ different styles: that of a historical house grounded in Swiss watchmaking heritage and that of a modern, technical brand with a passion for extreme complications.
A Modern Case
The Chronodate Titanium Storm Blue continues the fusion of vintage and modern that has come to define Angelus’ sporty chronographs. The Chronodate maintains its standards of modernity and comfort with a modular multi-structure case. The movement is housed in a container machined from a hard, rigid, yet lightweight carbon-fiber composite. The chronograph push-pieces, also made from carbon composite, are directly applied to this vessel.
Around this container, Angelus has designed an open-worked cradle that brings the case middle and lugs into a single line. It also houses the bezel marked with twelve notches. This modular superstructure can feature several different materials. The energy emanating from its chamfered profile and the alternating straight lines and curves imparts a sporty style to the Chronodate collection and this new model.
The Chronodate recalls Angelus’ historical roots and legendary status as a manufacturer of first-rate chronographs from the 1940s onwards. Those early models were small in diameter to cater to the tastes of the time, yet featured outsized counters. It was therefore logical for Angelus to give today’s Chronodate similarly substantial counters and promote optimal readability.
The 30-minute chronograph counter and the small seconds at 9 o’clock adopt the dial’s secondary color: a modern, metallic black. The primary storm blue shade has been applied with a fine matte powdered effect that offers an excellent contrast with its luminescent appliqué hour-markers.
Inside the Chronodate Titanium Storm Blue, Angelus has incorporated its own chronograph movement: the caliber A-500. It features the small seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. A peripheral pointer date hand travels around the dial. Operating at a rate of 4 Hz, the movement incorporates a column wheel and a horizontal clutch to reduce its thickness. Its self-winding system operates by means of an oscillating weight with a design taken from the brand’s archives: a capital letter “A” reminiscent of a bell – an allusion to the early days of Angelus, right at the heart of the mechanism.