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It’s coming up to that exciting time of year, as Baselworld 2018 closes in us manufacturers are pre-releasing their latest and greatest wares.

Here’s something for us to marvel at – God knows it’s going to be too rich for the tastes of us mere mortals but that doesn’t mean we can’t get the Kleenex out take in the sights of the one of industry’s craziest, most cutting edge dive watch genres – the diving tourbillion.

Diving tourbillons are few and far between – the whole premise of combing the most complex of complications with a dive watch is kind of ridiculous but here we are with splashes of bright yellow and blue, something rather extraordinary from Angelus.

The brand has from their very beginnings been an integrated manufacture producing pieces of haute horology. Today, Angelus has taken its expertise in producing high-performance complications and applied it to their debut diver’s model, the U50 Diver Tourbillon.

Constructed with a lightweight yet robust 45mm Titanium case, the U50 Diver Tourbillon features two large screw-down crowns.

The two-position crown at 4 o’clock is used for winding and setting the time, while the crown at 2 o’clock is used to rotate the unidirectional 60-minute internal dive-timing ring, in lieu of the more common external rotational bezel found on most diver’s watches.

Opposite the crowns on the left side of the case at the 9 o’clock position, a Helium Escape Valve is placed to protect the movement from a buildup of He after a spot of Saturation Diving.

That’s right boys – Angelus are optimistic in thinking the U50 Diver Tourbillon might be put to work in any kind of environment that would require an HEV. Well you never know.

Jokes aside the, U50 Diver with its 300 meters of water-resistance would have absolutely no problem accompanying you of the deck of your luxury yacht and onto the reef for a spot of SCUBA diving.

Despite the A-300 caliber that is housed in the U50 Diver Tourbillon being intended as a high-performance movement ready to take on more extreme situations, the ultra-slim complication has been painstakingly executed with a contemporary haute horlogerie finish replete with snailed black ADLC coating and chamfered edges.

The design is enhanced by a skeletonized ratchet and barrel in the exclusive Angelus six-spoke design. All the U50 Diver’s inner-workings can be viewed through the watch’s open-work case and Sapphire crystal exhibition case-back.

The watch is presented on a custom rubber diver’s strap. Not sure on the MSRP but expect big bucks.

What do think? Is this a grail piece or do you think it’s ridiculous? I shall admire it from afar but even if I was in the position to buy such a dive watch, I never would. I am in no way being being factitious but I really love the logo design. ;)


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