Riders on the Storm
Grey and blue – the colours of a stormy sky. A new and sporty men’s timepiece joins the Chronodate family. Angelus’ pointer date chronograph is sustaining momentum with this storm blue version. Its 42.5 mm satin-finished titanium case, its similarly satin-finished titanium bracelet, and its technical look make a wonderful match with this new shade of blue.
Following on from black, fern green, navy blue and opaline white, the Chronodate introduces a new dial colour: storm blue, which forms a striking contrast with the snailed metallic black chronograph sub-counters. The 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 that is part of 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 between vintage and modern seen in 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-fibre composite. The chronograph push-pieces, also made from carbon composite, are directly applied to this vessel.
Around this container, Angelus has designed an openworked 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 give the Chronodate collection a sporty style.
The Chronodate recalls the brand’s historical roots since Angelus was a manufacturer of first-rate chronographs from the 1940s onwards. They were small in diameter to cater to the tastes of the time. Their counters stood out, appearing particularly large and visible. It was therefore logical for Angelus to give today’s Chronodate substantial counters that allow for optimal readability.
The 30-minute chronograph counter and the small seconds at 9 o’clock adopt the dial’s secondary colour: a metallic black, which adds to the modernity of the Chronodate’s design. The primary storm blue shade is applied with a fine matte powdered effect, which contrasts with luminescent appliqué hour-markers.
Inside the Chronodate Titanium Storm Blue, Angelus has incorporated its own chronograph movement, the calibre 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.
- Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph and peripheral date
Calibre: A-500, self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 7.90 mm
Power reserve: 60 hour
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
Numerals applied numerals and hour hands with Super-LumiNova
- Counters in black metallic
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 satin-finished titanium
- Folding clasp: titanium blades and cap
0CDZF.U02A.K009B on rubber
0CDZF.U03A.M009T on titanium bracelet
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.