Besides the light-weight titanium middle and the noble-looking rose gold bezel, the new Franc Vila FVa35 SuperSonico 5-Minute Repeater automatic watch also sports a case-back cover made of Lightnium: a light and stiff alloy of aluminum and lithium, which is widely used in aerospace and watchmaking business.
Equipped with their FV35 automatic movement, the new watch offers not only traditional hours, minutes and seconds display, but also sports a five-minute repeater mechanism.
The repeater is programmed in such a fashion so that one of its gongs chimes the hours and another –with the double-strike– chimes five-minute intervals.
As usual, the movement is hand-finished and is equipped with an exclusively decorated Franc Vila Gold Concept winding rotor.
While looking decisively striking, the SuperSonico’s skeletonized dial doesn’t seem to be particularly legible.
The reason for that is the black “frame” of the baseplate as well as one of the gears, both made in black-pigmented lightnium. These parts are as matt black finished as all the three hands, so it will be pretty difficult to discern their reading when the lighting is anything but perfect.
Coming in the signature Esprit Unique style, the figure eight-shaped dial also doesn’t make the task of reading time any easier.
However, if you are mostly interested in the minute repeater complication or simply crave for something unique, then the new Franc Vila FVa35 SuperSonico watch may really be a good choice provided that price is not an issue.
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Franc Vila FVa35 SuperSonico 5-Minute Repeater automatic watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Caliber FV35, Lightnium bridges, hand-finished, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Exclusive Franc Vila Gold Concept rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, minute repeater
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Titanium, Lightnium
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: N/A
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black crocodile leather strap with folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire, antireflective