In the world of haute horology and fine wines, tradition, passion, and craftsmanship intertwine. When two iconic names, Angelus and Château Angelus, unite, the result is the exceptional Chronodate Gold x Château Angelus, a one-of-a-kind timepiece created exclusively for Only Watch 2023. This masterpiece is not just a watch; it's a celebration of artistry, heritage, and a shared commitment to excellence.
Angelus, a Swiss watchmaker with a rich history in fine mechanical watchmaking, joins forces with Château Angelus, one of the most revered estates in Bordeaux. This collaboration represents more than a convergence of names; it's a fusion of two worlds dedicated to the pursuit of perfection. Both watchmaking and winemaking are driven by geography, where the unique terroirs of Bordeaux and the precision of Swiss watchmaking come together to create exceptional experiences.
At the heart of the Chronodate Gold x Château Angelus is an exquisite dial crafted from freeze-dried lees from the 2022 vintage, aptly named "Le Majestueux" (the majestic). These powdered wine remnants, delicately applied to the dial's base, infuse the timepiece with texture and color. A red gold appliqué at 6 o'clock bears the faithful engraving of Château Angelus's iconic bell, a symbol of this esteemed vineyard.
This exceptional creation offers more than just a timekeeping function; it's a full-bodied experience that combines the art of watchmaking, winegrowing, gastronomy, and winemaking. Alongside the Chronodate Gold x Château Angelus, the lucky owner will receive an "Impériale" from the 2012 vintage. This wine bottle features a 21.7-carat gold print of the Château's bell, a true collector's item. Additionally, three bottles of the Grand Vin Blanc, rarely available for sale and typically reserved for special occasions, are included in this exceptional lot, along with an invitation to visit Château Angelus in Saint-Émilion.
To pay homage to Angelus's rich history, the Chronodate Gold x Château Angelus is equipped with a chronograph movement. Harking back to Angelus's legacy as a premier manufacturer of chronographs from the late 1930s, this timepiece houses the A-500 in-house caliber. The design features a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o'clock, a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o'clock, and a hand-based date display that recalls the first Chronodate model from 1942.
Operating at a rate of 4 Hz, the caliber incorporates a column wheel for precise chronograph control. The self-winding system is powered by an A-shaped oscillating weight, reminiscent of Château Angelus's iconic bell, which historically marked moments of contemplation and reflection throughout the day.
While Angelus and Château Angelus are both deeply connected to the measurement of time, their significance goes beyond the hours and minutes. They embody the essence of human dedication, patience, and the pursuit of excellence.
Only Watch 2023 has given birth to a true masterpiece, where craftsmanship meets heritage, and horology blends seamlessly with oenology. The Chronodate Gold x Château Angelus is more than a watch; it's a symbol of two worlds united by tradition, passion, and the relentless pursuit of perfection.
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, and peripheral date
Movement: Calibre A-500, self-winding mechanical
Diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 7.90 mm
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz / 28,800 vph
Dial: Freeze-dried lees from Château Angelus, 2022 vintage
Case Material: Bezel, crown, case middle, and case back in 18-carat red gold (5N); chamber, bezel ring, and push-pieces in carbon composite
Diameter: 42.50 mm
Thickness: 14.25 mm
Crystal: Box sapphire with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Water-Resistance: 3 bar (30 meters/100 feet)
Interchangeable Strap: Black alligator skin with burgundy alligator skin lining, hand-sewn, folding clasp top cover in 18-carat (5N) red gold
Edition: Only Watch one-off piece