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Angelus Instrument de Vitesse 60 seconds chronograph

April 2024


Angelus Instrument de Vitesse 60 seconds chronograph

The brand’s La Fabrique collection, dedicated to reinterpreting its classic timepieces, unveils its second model in two limited versions. This mono-pusher chronograph blends aesthetic heritage with elements reminiscent of vintage English or Italian car dashboards..

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nstrument de Vitesse, a new opus in the La Fabrique collection, revives the golden age of timed races. This mono-pusher chronograph seems to have been plucked from the dashboard of a vintage GT car. It is equipped with a single timing hand – the centre seconds hand – and can time a maximum of one minute. With its sleek and refined retro sports look, Instrument de Vitesse is intended for enthusiasts of watchmaking history and culture. Housed in a 39 mm steel case, its 4.20 mm manually wound Manufacture calibre ensures that the finished timepiece is less than 10 mm thick. Instrument de Vitesse is available with an ivory-white or ebony-black dial in two limited series of 25 timepieces each.

Appearances can sometimes be deceptive. At first glance, Instrument de Vitesse does not appear to be a classic chronograph. With its three central hands, it looks like a watch... with three hands, but the tachymeter scale running around the outer edge of the dial reveals its chronometric function. For this is a chronograph presented in its purest expression, dedicated to timing short bursts – a measuring instrument designed to take average speed readings over a maximum of 60 seconds. This, in turn, casts new light on the crown, which also acts as the chronograph’s single push-piece to set the slender centre seconds hand in motion.

Joaillerie Rivière 101 by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Dedicated to the renaissance and reinterpretation of classic timepieces from Angelus’ past, the La Fabrique collection unveils its second model, following in the footsteps of the Chronographe Médical. Once again, the house draws on its aesthetic heritage and showcases historical design elements and affinities. As a result, Angelus has designed a chronograph that seems to belong on the dashboard of a beautiful English or Italian vintage car, with the roar of a V12 engine as its soundscape.

Released in two series of 25 timepieces, Instrument de Vitesse is available with a steel case measuring 39 mm in diameter and just 9.27 mm thick. It features a domed dial divided into two functional zones. The peripheral indications are dedicated to the tachymeter scale, graduated from 60 to 500 with a base metric of 1,000 (typically one kilometre). The more central indications, meanwhile, are designed to display the time, with a finely graduated minutes circle. In both cases, the typography – specially chosen for the La Fabrique collection – is clear, contrasting and elegant.

Joaillerie Rivière 101 by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Instrument de Vitesse is available in two versions. The first, on a caramel calfskin strap, features an ebony-black dial with rhodium-plated applied Arabic numerals that stand out with their striking white hue. The second version is presented on a midnight-blue nubuck strap. Its ivory-white dial is punctuated with applied Arabic numerals outlined in black to create an incredible three-dimensional effect. The hour and minute hands, together with the applied numerals, are coated with luminescent material.

Inside, Angelus operates its own A5000 chronograph movement. With this new variant, this calibre – the technical stalwart of La Fabrique – once again demonstrates its adaptability. Presented in this manually wound version without totalisers, it offers a reduced thickness of just 4.20 mm. Set to a frequency of 3 Hz, it functions by way of a column wheel and horizontal clutch in the pure chronograph tradition.

Joaillerie Rivière 101 by Jaeger-LeCoultre

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

References
ivory-white: 0CHBS.I01A.V010S
Ebony-black: 0CHBS.B01A.V010S

Functions: hours, minutes, one-minute chronograph, ‘base 1000’ tachymeter scale

Movement

  • Calibre A5000, manual winding, mechanical
  • Jewels 23
  • Diameter 24.00 mm
  • Thickness 4.20 mm
  • Power reserve 42 hours
  • Frequency 3 Hz/21,600 vph
  • Finishes mainplate: palladium finish, circular-grained
  • bridges: palladium finish, chamfered, Côtes de Genève motif
  • wheels: golden (2N) finish, circular-grained
  • screws: polished

Dial

  • Ivory-white or ebony-black, domed
  • Arabic numerals: applied, black-treated or rhodium-plated, and coated with Super-LumiNova hands: coated with Super-LumiNova

Case

  • Material: stainless steel
  • Diameter 39.00 mm
  • Thickness 9.27 mm
  • Crystal: box sapphire, anti-reflective coating on both sides
  • Case back: sapphire crystal, anti-reflective coating
  • Water-resistance 3 bar (30 metres/100 feet)

Strap

  • Material: caramel calfskin or midnight-blue nubuck calfskin, ecru stitching, hand-stitched
  • Buckle: pin, stainless steel

Limited edition: 25 timepieces in each colour variant

Swiss retail price: CHF 17,100 incl. VAT (subject to change)

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