July 26, 2022
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While the core function of a watch has remained virtually unchanged throughout the centuries, the manner in which they have gone about telling us the time has slowly evolved. Materials have advanced, precision manufacturing technologies have become more capable, and this has ultimately resulted in the ability to create timepieces that reimagine the classic wristwatch and even the way that it goes about displaying the time of day. As a company, Angles Watches places an emphasis on unconventional ways of representing the time, and the brand’s latest limited edition release, the Chain of Time offers a striking aesthetic and what could best be described as a unique chain-driven approach to a traditional 24-hour dial.
In total, there are five different variations of the Angles Chain of Time, and each one is limited to just 20 pieces. While the Adriatic Blue, Cobalt Grey, and Arctic White versions all receive cases with a classic stainless steel finish, the case of the Hunter Green model receives a gunmetal DLC coating, while the Ebony Black edition is completed by a matching black DLC case. Regardless of color, the cases of the Angles Chain of Time series all follow the same fluid shape of a vertically-oriented oval with integrated lugs and a signed push-pull winding crown located on the bottom of the case. Normally, this would be considered the 6 o’clock location, but since the watch follows a 24-hour format, the crown is actually positioned directly below the 12 o’clock marker, despite being on the bottom of the watch.
Crafted from 316L stainless steel and featuring brushed and polished surfaces with a solid stainless steel caseback, the Angles-exclusive design measures 42mm-wide by 55mm-long, and it comes in at 14.5mm-thick due to its highly convex, double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment that protrudes from the top of its thin oblong bezel. Offering users 30 meters of water resistance, the overall aesthetic of the case is highly modern and minimal while creating the perfect stage to showcase the Chain of Time’s unusual approach of displaying the time of day in a chain-driven 24-hour layout.
Occupying the center of the dial is the model’s signature micro-chain drive complication, which consists of two large vertically oriented gears that are connected by a tiny chain that runs around their perimeter. A minute hand with a luminous inlay is fitted directly to the lower gear itself and rotates once per hour, while the hour hand, which also features a luminous inlay, is attached to the actual chain and traverses along the inner perimeter of the dial throughout the course of the day, indicating the hour for the time in a 24-hour format against the Arabic numeral markers located on the convex dial ring that surrounds it.
The dial rings for the Angles Chain of Time are all different colors and they serve as the basis for the names of the different versions of the watch. The dial ring itself, which is a convex oval-shaped structure in either blue, green, black, gray, or white features raised Arabic numerals with three-dimensional radial lines running between them throughout the rest of its surface. The hands, hour markers, and Angles logo are all finished with Swiss Super-LumiNova, and it’s worth noting that the different versions of the Chain of Time feature different types of Super-LumiNova to better compliment their individual colorway. For example, the Cobalt Grey and Hunter Green models receive C3 Super-LumiNova, for a green glow, while the Adriatic Blue version gets finished with BGW9 Super-LumiNova, which will have more of a blue color to the glow that it emits.
Just looking at the face of the Angles Chain of Time, it would be easy to think that the watch is powered by an ultra-exclusive and entirely in-house movement that would need to be handed back to the manufacturer every time it needed service or repairs. However, at the core of the Chain of Time watch and driving its signature micro chain drive complication is the reliable Swiss-Made Sellita SW220-1 automatic movement. Running at a frequency of 28,800vph and offering timekeeping accuracy of +/-10 seconds a day with a 36-hour power reserve, the SW220-1 is about as proven of a design as you will find in the Swiss watch industry, which guarantees future support for the underlying movement that drives the Chain of Time’s unique complication.
All of the different variations of the Angles Chain of Time are fitted with crocodile leather straps completed with signed, fold-over deployant clasps with double push-button releases that are crafted from stainless steel and finished to match the case of the watch. Additionally, the color of the leather is matched to the color of the dial ring on each model, with the one exception being the Hunter Green model which receives a black strap for added contrast. Despite their differences, the straps all have identical proportions and taper from 26mm at the lugs all the way down to 20mm at the clasp for added comfort and a more contemporary overall appearance.
Statement pieces with avant-garde designs can often cost as much as the price of a home in many parts of the United States, and in addition to their high purchase price, the complex proprietary calibers powering them can often commit you to expensive repairs and service down the road. The Angles Chain of Time offers a truly unique aesthetic with an unusual complication that allows it to display the time in a dynamic and mechanical format. Additionally, with an official retail price of $3,000 USD and an early order pre-sale price of just $1,900 USD, the Angles Chain of Time represents an incredibly value-driven statement piece that offers just as much visual impact as some of the biggest names in the industry. Total production of the series will be 100 pieces, with 20 examples produced in each color and an estimated shipping date of early August 2022. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.Sponsored Posts are a form of advertising that allows sponsors to share useful news, messages, and offers to aBlogtoWatch readers in a way traditional display advertising is often not best suited to. All Sponsored Posts are subject to editorial guidelines with the intent that they offer readers useful news, promotions, or stories. The viewpoints and opinions expressed in Sponsored Posts are those of the advertiser and not necessarily those of aBlogtoWatch or its writers.