The new Angular Momentum Incredible India Collection of wrist watches features a series of meticulously painted sequences from the Bhagavad Gita epos. Too bad that the brand’s traditionally rough-looking stainless steel cases clearly underperform when it comes to serving their primary function: being sort of frames for these beautiful paintings that are, as usual, done strictly by hand. On the other, um, hand, the contrast between the two parts may actually be the idea of the man (or a group of men) standing behind the whole collection.
To my deepest regret, I have no knowledge of Hinduism with its multitude of deities and often very complex relationships among them, so I will go ahem down to business right away.
Like the recent Angular Momentum Camaieu Rouge watch that was first presented last February, timekeepers from the new collection feature beautiful paintings that, in a very unusual way, are done not on an enameled brass dial or something like that, but on the inner side of a sapphire crystal using Verre Eglomise technique. First introduced in 18th century France, the technique allows creating glossy-deep, rich-colored images: a visual effect that not even the most expensive lacquer will ever produce.
So far, the Swiss watchmaker has presented six variations of the painting:
1. Lord Krishna making Prince Arjuna understand the meaning of duty
2. Lord Krishna, Arjuna`s companion and charioteer in battle
3. Arjuna receives the knowledge of Yoga
4. Showing Lord Rama
5. Showing Lord Krishna playing the flute
6. Showing Lord Ganesha
Although the names of the paintings sound a bit strange to an ear of an average European, they probably have the same sacred meanings to an average Indian as biblical stories to us.
All watches are powered by the Swiss made caliber FHF 96 hand-wound movement, which is encased in a two-part body made of 1.4435Ncu Staybrite steel. To my taste, the cases are a bit too crude and, although some may argue that people behind Angular Momentum simply don’t want to distract your attention from the beauty of their hand-made dials, I would say that they really need to invest more effort into making the cases more elegant.
Traditionally, the watches are equipped with oversized winding crowns whole 8.00 millimeters in diameter and set with an onyx cabochon. As usual, the brand prefers not to disclose pricing information.
See also: Angular Momentum Classic Artisan Sport
Photos: Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum Incredible India Collection hand-wound watch specification
Price: No data
Movement: Manual, Caliber FHF 96, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: No data
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: No data
Case material: 1.4435Ncu Staybrite steel
Bezel material: 1.4435Ncu Staybrite steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Water resistance: No data
Strap: Black leather
Case back: Solid