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.
- hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and peripheral date
Calibre: A-500, self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 7.90 mm
Power reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 vph
main plate: sandblasted and NAC-treated
bridges: microblasted and NAC-treated, satin-finished edges
wheels: circular-grained and rhodium-plated
oscillating weight: tungsten with tungsten decoration
- velvet black – applied numerals and hour hands with Super-LumiNova
bezel, crown and monobloc case middle: titanium
chamber, bezel ring and push-pieces: carbon composite
Finishes: satin-finished surfaces, polished chamfers
Diameter: 42.50 mm
Thickness: 14.25 mm
Crystal: box sapphire, anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Back: box sapphire crystal, anti-reflective treatment
- Water resistance: 30 metres/3 ATM
- Material: black rubber or titanium on titanium
- Folding clasp: titanium blades and cap
- titanium-black-rubber: 0CDYF.B02A.K009B
- titanium-black-titanium: 0CDYF.B02A.M009T
Founded in 1891 in Switzerland, Angelus has been one of the most influential horological manufactures of the last century.
Watchmaking connoisseurs universally hailed Angelus' pioneering, in-house developed movements and timepieces, which continue to be coveted by collectors all over the world. Today’s Angelus is fully equipped to design, produce, finish, assemble, regulate and test all its movements and timepieces in-house. The Angelus collection blends the very best of vintage high watchmaking with contemporary design and materials.
Angelus was founded by the brothers Stolz with the establishment of a watchmaking Manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. Over the past century, Angelus forged a fine reputation for creating exceptional chronograph and multi-complication wristwatches, multi-display travel clocks with long power reserves, and alarm watches.
Today’s Angelus manufacture is fully equipped with a highly skilled team allowing the House to design, produce, finish, assemble, regulate and test all its movements and timepieces in-house. For non-movement components, Angelus partners with the best suppliers in the Swiss watch industry.
Throughout, the Angelus manufacture team strives to continually innovate and is always researching and investigating new techniques, as well as keeping abreast of developments in other fields of fine mechanics.
Like its timepiece, Angelus manufacture blends the best of classic high watchmaking with modern production processes.
While the Brand employs skilled artisans using time-honoured techniques and tools to delicately craft and finish components using traditional methods, it also boasts a state-of-the-art production facility featuring latest machinery programmed and operated by experienced technicians, engineers and watchmakers.
Meticulous quality checks are performed during each process, between operations and, of course, on the completion of the finished timepiece, using a variety of measuring equipment testing various aspects including precision, torque, strength and water resistance.