Baselworld 2016 is just around the corner, and Angelus has provided a full preview of their soon to be released U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon.
Made of carbon and titanium, the (42 mm x 10.30 mm case) houses a movement that was designed to be a skeleton from the start, instead of taking an existing movement and removing material – as is typically the case. And thanks to an ingenious structural design, supported by a sapphire crystal mainplate, caliber A-250 truly appears to be floating in the case.
Crafted of blued titanium, the bridges have a distinctive beam shape that was designed to increase rigidity. And like virtually every other component, even the bridges are skeletonized – further enhancing transparency.
The balance wheel, which oscillates at 3Hz, is supported on the front by a rotating one-minute flying tourbillon, which helps offset the negative effects of gravity. The blackened variable inertia balance wheel, is regulated by four gold weights and has a special design that minimizes air-resistance to improve efficiency. Maximum power reserve is 90-hours.
The watch has a futuristic aesthetic, yet as you would expect at this level, everything from the mirror-polished bevelled edges of the titanium lugs to ruby bearings that are set into solid gold chatons is consistent with haute-horology standards.
The U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon is available in a limited edition of 18 pieces in the carbon-fiber/titanium case. (Ref. 0TCAB.U01A.C004T)