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Angelus Reveals Three New Chronodate Gold and Chonodate Titanium Watch Models at Watches and Wonders


GENEVA (March 27, 2023) – Swiss watchmaker Angelus revived its famed Chronodato model with a modern iteration in 2022, and the latest Chronodate models revealed at Watches and Wonders Geneva 2023 underline the fact that the neo-retro Chronodate collection is here to stay. 

With its historical references and contemporary construction, the Chronodate deftly mixes different eras. The collection represents a fusion of the Angelus brand legacy and its significant contribution to Swiss watchmaking heritage – and the Angelus of today: contemporary, technical, and ultra-dynamic. The Chronodate complication alludes to the brand’s early successes, in 1935, when it helped pioneer double push-piece chronograph wristwatches.

Heritage and modernity align in the new Angelus Chronodate, with its modular case and clever mix of highly technical materials. The A-500 caliber is housed within a carbon composite container, itself surrounded by a 5N red-gold or titanium case middle.

A modern case

These new Chronodate references boast a 42.5 mm case that continues the neo-retro spirit of these sporty chronographs. The movement is housed in a container machined from a carbon-fiber composite. The chronograph push-pieces, also made from carbon composite, are directly applied to this vessel. Lastly, a ring between the case middle and bezel is also made from this matte black material.

Around this container, Angelus has designed an attachment system consisting of an open-worked cradle that aligns the case middle and lugs into a single axis, made from 5N red gold or titanium. It also houses the bezel marked with 12 notches, which is also cut from these same metals.

A flexible structure

This modular superstructure was developed to play with multiple materials. It is made up of elements with taut, sloping, and beveled lines that adopt the same aesthetics as several other Angelus timepieces, such as its diving collection.

Their chamfered profiles, alternating right angles and curves, endow the Chronodate with dynamic and sporty energy. The same is true of the crown, with a wide form that projects out from its guard and a central rubber strip that makes it easier to operate.

Chronograph aesthetics

A chronograph was chosen to recall Angelus’s roots, since the brand was a first-rate manufacturer of these pieces from the 1930s onwards. The watches were small in diameter to cater to the tastes of the time. These modest dimensions made the counters appear particularly large and visible, so Angelus has naturally now chosen to give the Chronodate imposing counters that offer optimal readability.

The counters are set on a deep-black dial fittingly described as “velvet black” or on a subtle shade of “fern” green. All the dials are punctuated with large applied Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova.

A dynamic movement

Inside the Chronodate collection is Angelus’s chronograph movement, the A-500 calibre. Its format displays the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. A hand-based date display circles around the edge of the dial to pay homage to the first Angelus Chronodate in 1942. Its red arrowhead sets the tone for the secondary indications; the markings on the chronograph push-pieces, the chronograph central seconds hand and the 30-minute counter hand are all finished with a touch of red lacquer.

Oscillating at a frequency of 4 Hz, the A-500 calibre incorporates a column wheel and a horizontal coupling clutch to keep a slim profile. It operates via a self-winding system with an oscillating weight shaped like a capital letter “A” above a star – Angelus’s emblem depicting a bell and its clapper. This rotor is in tungsten on the Chronodate Titanium and is fitted with a 5N red-gold counterweight on the Chronodate Gold. A reference to the early days of Angelus right at the heart of the mechanism.

About Angelus

Founded in 1891 in Switzerland, Angelus has been widely hailed by watchmaking connoisseurs as one of the most influential horological manufactures of the 20th century. Angelus’ pioneering, house-made movements and vintage timepieces continue to be coveted by collectors all over the world. The recently revived Angelus Manufacture is fully equipped to design, produce, finish, assemble, regulate, and test its entire line of house-made movements and timepieces. The Angelus collection blends the very best of classic high watchmaking with ultra-modern design and materials, as evidenced by the Chronodate, a chronograph for a new Angelus era with a cutting-edge dial and modular case, the U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon with its sapphire mainplate, the U21 Tourbillon, which features a combination of carbon-fiber and 18-karat gold, and the U50 Diver Tourbillon, with its titanium case and superior water-resistance up to 300 meters.

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