Sporting a morbidly red and black dial that looks like it was crafted from frozen dragon’s blood, the new Angular Momentum Classic Artisan Sport hand-wound watch is presented in a brand new –more energetic and masculine– Staybrite hardened steel case, which is going to be available in any size ranging from 38.00 mm to 42.00 mm in order to attract as many customers as possible without compromising the value of the Swiss-based brand.
This particular watch, for example, comes in a 39.00 mm case that features mirror polished sides and back that are nicely accented by a satin-finished bezel that not only makes the watch look more elegant, but also draws even more attention for the dial.
The case provides enough space for the hand-wound Calibre FHF 96 movement to fit comfortably in.
Built on 17 jewels and beating at a slow pace of 18,000 vibrations per hour, the 26 mm movement features Incabloc shack absorber, movable hairspring stud and the Fonto regulator lever. While Angular Momentum usually doesn’t give much love to their movements primarily focusing on dials and, in some cases, the front sapphire crystals, this particular set of mechanisms seems to be nicely finished with something that resembles gold-plating on the stock machine-brushed bridges and plates, as well as blacked-out gears and even polished screw heads.
Although the FHF 96 originally comes with a directly driven center second hand, this particular watch is a simple two-hander. Being not particularly large with less than 26 millimeters in diameter, the mechanism looks best in the 39 millimeter version that is briefly reviewed here, but the difference in size with the 42 mm version is still not big enough to make the FHF 96 look tiny or out of place in the larger watch.
As you may have noticed already, AM’s signature lugs are now hexagon-shaped providing the watch with even sportier appearance. As usual, the main problem with this design is that, while looking cool and sporty, the lug design significantly limits your ability to find a replacement strap that would fit the lugs out of the box: you will have to either cut it yourself or have it cut for you at a nearest shop, which may not be the most satisfying experience in your life.
Also, as you can see on the images above and below, the solid semi-translucent Tortoise shell plate looks rather dark, not providing enough contrast for the rose gold hour and minute hands.
I can’t figure right now, whether it the problem of the watch or just not a very good job done by their photographer.
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Photos: Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum Classic Artisan Sport hand-wound watch specification
Price: No data
Movement: Manual, Caliber FHF 96, 25.94 mm, 17 jewels, 18,000 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Machine-brushed, blacked-out gears with sunburst finish, polished crew-heads
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: 1.4435Ncu Staybrite steel, mirror-polished
Bezel material: 1.4435Ncu Staybrite steel, satin-finished
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Tortoise shell plate
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather
Case back: Sapphire