The new Angular Momentum A Golden Plume hand-wound watch not only features luscious exterior with lots of gold and finely cut diamonds, but also comes equipped with their signature Souscription digital time display system that involves a revolving hour disk and a single stationary hand-pointer.
The photo that was disseminated with the press release is not very good: it’s not only small, but it also clearly doesn’t do the Golden Plume the justice it deserves. Yet, you can get the idea behind the Souscription complication. It is that current hour is displayed in digital form with Breguet-style Arabic numerals painted on a rotating disk, while the minute track is represented not with traditional 60 (or twelve) marks, but with whole 144 indexes, each standing for five minutes of the hour.
While the disk is turning, the single hand points at one of the indexes allowing you to tell current time with an accuracy of up to a couple of minutes.
It sounds quite complicated, but in fact only requires some getting used to it. Also, it is not a pilot’s watch: it was designed to impress and to be worn only on special occasions, not to measure time with an accuracy of 1/100th of a second.
Although it doesn’t look as sexy as “jumping hours” complication that allows the numbers on the disc to instantly “jump” every 3600 seconds, it certainly does the job of telling time done, especially if you accept the fact that Angular Momentum watches are primarily art objects, not mere time-keeping instruments. Also, it allowed the brand to use a more simple mechanism in order to concentrate on the artistic part of the gadget.
As you can see on the picture, the main point of attraction of the watch is the gorgeous golden plume, which is set with an almost infinite number of full cut diamonds.
The same stones decorate the round 18-carat rose gold aperture for the digital time display.
While most Angular Momentum watches that are equipped with the Souscription complication usually have the aperture placed either at 6 o’clock or at 12 o’clock, this one has the display window located closer to 3 o’clock.
As a result, the Arabic numerals are always displayed lying on their sides. I guess some people may find it pretty annoying, but, again, time telling is the last thing which is demanded from this piece of jewelry.
According to the Swiss watchmaker, the watch is powered by an “ultra-flat” hand-wound movement (possibly, some “historic” job,) which is placed inside a mid-sized round case 41 mm in diameter.
As usual, the case sports a pair of centered round lugs and a signature 8.00 mm fluted winding crown set with a black diamond cabochon.
Photos: Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum A Golden Plume hand-wound watch specification
Price: No data
Movement: Manual, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Standard finish
Functions: “Digital”-style hours, minutes
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 12.00 mm
Dial: Decorated with a Golden Plume set with diamonds
Hands: A stationary hand-pointer visible through dial cutout
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black alligator leather strap
Case back: Sapphire