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, 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 and simply sports a set of new materials.
The Tirion TriRetrograde has the middle part of its body, as well as the transparent case back, crafted from stainless steel. The metal is then treated with virtually scratchproof black DLC coating. As far as I understand, there will also be a more lightweight version with a titanium body that will probably be slightly more expensive.
The rather thin bezel, the crown, as well as the hands, hour markers, and the big, bold Arabic numerals are made from 18-karat rose gold and, I am ready to admit that, it is that rare example of where a “two-tone watch” concept works: the combination of colors and textures give the gadget an interesting appearance (if you are into this sort of styling, the gorgeous Perrelet Turbine XL Ref. A3027/1 Limited Edition is another piece to check before you pull the trigger on this one.)
Put against a black carbon fiber body with the sun-stamped motif in its center, the parts look 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 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 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 is the only problem with this watch.
Milus Tirion TriRetrograde specification
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
Functions: Hours, minutes, three retrograde seconds, date
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case: Stainless steel in black DLC
Bezel and Crown: 18-karat rose gold
Size: 45.00 mm
Dial: Black, carbon-fiber center part, partially open-worked
Numerals: Arabic, rose gold
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Luminous (Superluminova,) rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective