Looks like the guys from the Swiss town of Bienne keep beating their favorite horse: a tri-retrograde seconds complication module that they used in, perhaps, a dozen of their timepieces. The new Milus Tirion TriRetrograde automatic wrist watch, too, features the same retrograde display and comes in a massive body that combines an intimidating black DLC coating with polished rose gold.
From the point of view of hardware, this is still the same model that was introduced back in 2008 that simply sports a set of new materials.
As you can see on the photos, the watch has the middle part of its body, as well as the transparent case back crafted from stainless steel and then treated with virtually scratchproof black DLC coating.
The rather thin bezel, the crown, as well as the hands, hour markers and the big, bold Arabic numerals are made from 18-carat rose gold.
Put against a black carbon fiber body with sun-stamped motif in its center, the parts look very contrast, thus significantly increasing the timekeeper’s readability (a property that was never a characteristic part of this particular model.)
The Swiss watchmaking brand keeps using the good old Milus caliber 3838 self-winding movement, which is based on the well-known ETA 2892-A2 ebauche and features a tri-retrograde complication module that was developed exclusively for Milus by a third-party complications specialist.
Since the mechanism seems to have been modified to fit this very model, the oversized timekeeper looks quite proportional (at least, on these promotional photos.)
While many XXL-watches that are powered by standard calibers usually have their date windows dangerously close to the center of the dial, this model has its date aperture comfortably placed right inside the outer ring between 4 and 5 o’clock, again, making it look more proportional, as well as leaving the needed real estate for the retrograde seconds hands.
Yes, the three small luminous hands in the center part of the dial are three seconds hands. Each counting its own 20-seconds interval, the hands provide for quite a spectacular (or, at least, entertaining) display that you will never grow tired to look at.
Of course, with its huge size of whole 45 millimeters, the watch looks somewhat archaic and out of trend to yours truly, but the size seems to be only problem of this watch.
Milus Tirion TriRetrograde Automatic watch specification
Price: TBD, expensive
Movement: Automatic, Milus caliber 3838, based on ETA 2892-A2, modified exclusively for Milus, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 21
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, three retrograde seconds, date
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel in black DLC
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold
Crown material: 18-carat rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Case height: N/A
Lug width: N/A
Dial: Black, carbon-fiber center part
Numerals: Arabic, rose gold
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire