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While the core function of a watch has remained virtually unchanged over the centuries, the way they tell us time has slowly evolved. Materials have evolved, precision manufacturing techniques have become more efficient, and this ultimately has the potential to create timepieces that reimagine the classic wristwatch and even the way it displays the time of day. As a company, Angles watches favor unconventional ways of telling time, and the brand’s latest limited edition release, the Chain of Time, offers a striking aesthetic and can best be described as a unique chain-based approach to the traditional 24. – Hour dial.
In total, there are five different variations of Angle’s Chain of Time, and each is limited to just 20 pieces. The Adriatic Blue, Cobalt Gray and Arctic White versions all receive cases with a classic stainless steel finish, while the Hunter Green model receives a case gunmetal DLC coating, while the Ebony Black edition is finished with a matching black DLC case. Regardless of color, the cases in the Angles Chain of Time series all follow the fluid shape of a vertically-oriented oval with integrated lugs and the signature push-pull winding crown at the bottom of the case. Normally, this would be considered the 6 o’clock location, but since the watch follows a 24-hour format, the crown is actually positioned below the 12 o’clock marker, even though the watch is at the bottom.
Crafted from 316L stainless steel and featuring a solid stainless steel caseback with brushed and polished surfaces, the Angles-exclusive design measures 42mm-wide and 55mm-long and comes in at 14.5mm-thick thanks to its highly convex, double-dome. Protruding from its thin rectangular bezel is a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment. Offering users 30 meters of water resistance, the overall aesthetic of the case is highly modern and minimal while creating the perfect platform to showcase the Chain of Time’s unusual approach to displaying the time of day in a chain-driven 24-hour layout.
Occupying the center of the dial is the model’s signature micro-chain drive complication, which consists of two large vertically oriented gears linked by a small chain that runs around their perimeter. The luminous inlaid minute hand is mounted directly to the bottom gear and rotates once an hour, while the hour hand, also featuring a luminous inlay, is attached to the original chain and travels along the inner circumference of the dial. The course of the day indicates the hour for the time in 24-hour format against the Arabic numerals on the convex dial ring around it.
The dial rings for the Angles chain of time are all different colors and are the basis for the names of the different versions of the watch. The dial ring, which features a convex oval shape in blue, green, black, gray or white features raised Arabic numerals across its remaining surface with three-dimensional radial lines between them. The hands, hour markers and the faceted logo are all finished in Swiss Super-Luminova, and it’s worth noting that different versions of the Chain of Time have different types of Super-Luminova to better compliment their individual colors. For example, the Cobalt Gray and Hunter Green models receive C3 Super-LumiNova for a green glow, while the Adriatic Blue version is finished with BGW9 Super-LumiNova, which has a more blue tint to the emitting glow.
Looking at the Angles Chain of Time face, it is easy to assume that the watch is ultra-exclusive and powered entirely by an in-house movement that is returned to the manufacturer every time it needs service or repairs. However, at the heart of the Chain of Time watch and its signature Micro Chain Drive complication is the reliable Swiss-made Sellita SW220-1 automatic movement. Running at a frequency of 28,800vph and offering a timekeeping accuracy of +/-10 seconds per day with a 36-hour power reserve, the SW220-1 is about as proven a design as you’ll find in the Swiss watch industry, guaranteeing that. Future support for the underlying movement that drives the unique complexity of Chain of Time.
All of the different variations of the Angles Chain of Time are fitted with crocodile leather straps that are crafted from stainless steel with signature, fold-over deployant clasps with double push-button releases and are finished to match the watch case. Additionally, the color of the leather matches the color of the dial ring on each model, with one exception being the Hunter Green model which receives a black strap for added contrast. Despite their differences, the straps all have similar proportions and taper from 26mm at the lugs to 20mm at the clasp for added comfort and a more contemporary overall appearance.
Statement pieces with avant-garde designs are often the same price as a home in many parts of the United States, and in addition to their high purchase price, the complex proprietary calibers that power them often commit you to costly repairs and servicing. Down the road. Angle’s Chain of Time offers a truly unique aesthetic with exceptional complexity, allowing time to be displayed in a dynamic and mechanical format. Plus, at the official retail price $3,000 USD And the pre-order pre-sale price is just $1,900 USD, Angle’s Chain of Time represents an incredible value-driven statement piece that delivers visual impact on par with some of the biggest names in the industry. Total production of the series will be 100 pieces, with 20 examples of each color being produced, and an estimated shipping date of early August 2022. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.
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