Angular Momentum Illum Aqua Ladies sports watch
While in the watch world form usually follows function, Angular Momentum, the Swiss watch maker, keeps designing timepieces following in exactly opposite direction. Just like it was with the AXIS/XXVII Time Spiral watch, the new Illum Aqua is more a piece of art than a time keeping device.
Featuring a Swiss automatic movement (the Swiss watchmaker doesn’t specify the caliber, but this is probably the well-known ETA 2824 self-winding ebauche, since it is, too, built on 25 jewels) hidden inside the two-body 37mm circular stainless steel case, the Angular Momentum Illum Aqua actually makes its point with an arty two-tone dial.
The dial, as you can see on the pictures, is brass Champleve, rhodium plated with Email Lumineuse, which is currently available only in “Aqua Blue” and “Pale Green” colors.
The Email Lumineuse is AM’s proprietary technology of creating a luminescent cover based on fusing enamel and a non-radioactive substance.
Being exposed to direct light during a period of only 10 minutes, the Email Lumineuse will glow for up to 35 hours.
Of course, nobody would use her Illum Aqua as a real diving watch, although it provides for a decent water resistance of 100 meters, but it will be definitely a hit at a beach party.
Even its recommended street price of CHF 3200 doesn’t seem too high when you understand that, for such a miserable handful of Swiss francs you get yourself a watch that doesn’t look like anything you can encounter in a normal watch store.
The only problem with this timekeeper is that, like with most of other Angular Momentum watches, you will not find it in a normal watch store: the independent Swiss watchmaker is too far away from the mainstream to easily attract huge retail chains.
To get it, you will have to find and order it on AM’s site.
Photos: Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum Illum Aqua Ladies watch specification :
Price range: CHF 3200
Movement: Swiss made automatic, 25 jewels
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: Stainless steel, screwed back, screw-locked steel crown
Case diameter: 37mm
Case height: N/A
Dial: Brass Champleve, rhodium plated with Email Lumineuse in “Aqua Blue” and “Pale Green”
Water resistance: 100m
Strap: Natural rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: 3 mm curved sapphire crystal, scratch-proof
Tags: 100 m, 37 mm, Angular Momentum, diving watch, Email Lumineuse, Illum Aqua, Ladies watch