Angelus has announced two updated versions of the futuristic U20 Ultra Skeleton, the U21 and U22 Tourbillons
Angelus was relaunched back in 2015 by parent company Arnold & Son. Since then, it has released a variety of futuristic-looking models in its Urban Collection under the guidance of Dr Sebastien Chaulmontet, Head of Movement Design for Arnold & Son, Angelus Watches, and La Joux-Perret, and all-round horological wonderkind.
Now Angelus has launched the U21 and U22, two variations on last year’s U20 Ultra Skeleton. Angelus uses the term ‘Ultra Skeleton’ to describe a movement entirely designed as skeletonised, rather than a movement which has later had pieces cut out to make it skeletonised.
Both the U21 and the U22 have moved away from the sapphire plate that made the U20 totally transparent, changing to a NPT carbon fibre mainplate which doubles up as the “dial”.
The main difference between the two new iterations is materials: the U21 has a carbon fibre and red gold case with golden bridges, whilst the U22 has a carbon fibre and titanium case and titanium bridges. Unsurprisingly, the U22 is the lighter of the pair, weighing in at 54g.
Aesthetically, there are a few differences as well: the U22 has red Super Luminova accents and a red minute track. The logo on the U22 is a little more prominent, placed between 4 and 5 o’clock rather than at 12 o’clock as on the U21. Finally, the U22 also has satin-finished hour markers, and an altogether sportier look.
Neither of the new models, however, has a bezel, allowing a good sideways examination of the manual-winding Angelus A-250 (with 90-hour power reserve) inside.
The lugs have been designed to mimic the shape of the bridges on the dial, with a combination of polished edges and satin-finished surfaces.
The red gold U21 is priced at 49,100 CHF (excluding VAT), whilst the titanium U22 costs 35,800 CHF (excluding VAT). Both are limited to 18 pieces each.