The small, yet quite well-known amid true connoisseurs of relatively affordable “artisan wristwatches”, Swiss watchmaker has updated its Angular Momentum Montre a Guichet Guilloche line with a model in titanium. Still featuring the same concept of digital time display, the watch is finally available in a case that not only looks elegant, but is also very light by today’s standards.
As the original model, this feather-light version is presented in a 39.5 mm case with the only difference being the high-grade stainless steel of the previous iteration being replaced with quality titanium alloy.
Instead of a usual sapphire crystal, the watch is equipped with a 925 sterling silver Medallion a Guichet cover with a psychedelic Guilloche “Soleil Inca” a la Main finish that not only looks cool, but also makes some serious optical effects when the watch is subjected to direct sources of lighting.
Since the sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of other metals, the medallion is available in four colors of gold, silver, Rhodium and even purple Ruthenium depending on which “coloring” metal was added to the mix.
To make the timepiece usable (no one wants a watch that doesn’t tell time, no matter how beautiful it is,) the Swiss watchmaker has done a pair of diamond cut apertures at 12 and 6 o’clock to display the revolving hours and minutes disks respectively.
To be frank, the solution still looks a kind of helpless compared to the gorgeous A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk mechanical watch with jumping hours and minutes both in terms of the level of technical sophistication and legibility.
However, being primarily a piece of art (and it is surely not just a mere accessory,) a comfort time representation is not the timekeeper’s primary function. Like most “artisan watches,” this one is, too, more of a beautiful artifact, rather than a time teller. I must admit that this is what really makes me like the device: it is different from the growing crowd of anonymous wristwatches being churned out by dozens of brands whose main purpose is to sell you a number of generic designs centered around the “Swiss Made” inscription. In this regard, the Montre a Guichet Guilloche clearly stands out from the rest of the pack of hungry contenders.
The Angular Momentum Montre a Guichet Guilloche Titanium watch is equipped with a modified Swiss Made hand-wound caliber that features a revolving time disks complication.
Alas, the movement is not visible, since the case back features a Palladium-coated 925 sterling silver medallion and is skillfully engraved with foliage on the Titanium back.
I must admit that the watch is so beautiful that even the over-sized 8 mm crown with a black Onyx cabochon in its middle doesn’t spoil the picture.
Photos: Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum Montre a Guichet Guilloche Titanium manual-wind watch specification
Price: No data
Movement: Hand-wound, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Titanium
Bezel material: Titanium
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.50 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Sterling silver
Hands: None, digital time representation
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather strap
Case back: Solid, engraved