Featuring a very unusual, yet discrete design of its black, lacquered dial with a single minute hand and a rotating disk with numerals and hour markers, the new Angular Momentum AXIS/III Handwinder is one of the rare breed of watches whose value greatly surpasses their price. If you search for a timekeeper that doesn’t look like another dull double of a Rolex or a Patek Philippe, I seriously recommend that you take a look at this new creation delivered by a small Swiss-based watchmaker.
As I have already noted, the new Angular Momentum AXIS/III Handwinder lacks the usual pair of hour and minute hands.
To display time, it employs a usual minute hand and a rotating disc with steel, applied and polished hour markers and numerals on it that rotates in counter-clockwise direction and is indicated with an inverted triangle at 12 o’clock.
The triangle and the hour markers (as well as the oversized Roman numeral “XII”) are covered with some luminous substance, so the night-time legibility must not be an issue.
Although models from Angular Momentum can sometimes look a little bit crude, this particular watch looks very elegant and even refined.
Its 42 mm body is, as usual, crafted from a Staybrite stainless steel alloy and features both mirror-polished (bezel, case back cover and lugs) and satin-finished (sides of the body) surfaces that give the watch even deeper, more complex appearance.
The transparent window that covers the case back is rather narrow, but still provides a good view at the “historic” hand-wound movement (which is quite nicely decorated, by the way).
The Swiss manufacturer doesn’t specify, which movement it is, but, judging by its design (and the fact that AM used the same movement for their other one-hander: the unique Angular Momentum Longitude 12 Traveler Timepiece Concept), I dare to assume that this is the good old FHF 96 hand-winder that Angular Momentum seems to possess an impressive stock of*.
Well, perhaps the timekeeper could have been a tad smaller (like, say, 39 millimeters in diameter), but even with this medium-sized body the watch looks simply terrific. Again, if you search for a unique watch at an affordable price, you should really check this one out.
Photos: Angular Momentum
* UPDATE ON THE MECHANISM: I have just checked their web-site and the wristwatch is currently listed as being powered by an unspecified Unitas 13″ hand-wound movement. Well, I still think that the piece that was briefly reviewed in this article is powered by an FHF 96 and it was true for its sisters that were equipped by the same engine “while supplies lasted”. For the next bunch, however, the mechanism was probably changed for a Unitas version. While not as unique, it is at least easier to keep in good working order since there is obviously more spare parts and more service persons qualified to work on them.
Angular Momentum AXIS/III Handwinder hand-wound watch specification
Movement: Manual, Unitas, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: No data
Power reserve: No data
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours (rotating disk), minutes
Case material: Stainless steel (Staybrite)
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: No data
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black, lacquered
Numerals: Arabic and Roman
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Luminous (minute hand)
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with steel buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, curved, 3.00 mm thick
Case back: Transparent