Since the brand’s revival in 2015, Angelus Men’s Replica has been producing highly engineered, avant-garde timepieces under the direction of La Joux-Perret in Switzerland. Their most notable releases, which include replica watches like the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere Replica, fall under their product line known as the Urban Collection. For Baselworld 2017, Angelus will be marking a new chapter in this collection with the introduction of the Angelus U21 Tourbillon and U22 Tourbillon replica watches. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of these two replica watches is the fact that they offer a fundamental and streamlined look that allows for the movement’s key components to be viewed without obstruction. This is accomplished in part by the integration of a mainplate constructed entirely out of carbon fiber, which makes it appear as if it’s part of the case itself.
Much like the U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon replica watch that achieved a similar effect through the use of massive sapphire crystal pieces, the Angelus U21 Tourbillon and U22 Tourbillon replica watches are meant to provide exceptional visibility to the movement. The key with these two models, however, is the structural optimization and weight reduction Angelus is able to achieve through the use of specialized materials. It’s a welcome effort, and any notable motion to reduce weight through the use of these materials is something I can appreciate.
The bezel-less cases on both the Angelus U21 Tourbillon and U22 Tourbillon replica watches measure in at 42mm in diameter, are 10.3mm thick, and deliver a vastly different look when compared to the Angelus models constructed before the brand’s revival. Both models also feature sapphire crystal casebacks and offer 30 meters of water resistance. This approach in and of itself is yet another reason to love the Angelus of today, as they have chosen to exist and progress as an entirely new brand without feeling the need to shoehorn an endless barrage of tribute models from the Angelus of the past.
The Angelus U21 Tourbillon replica watch features a case constructed entirely out of NPT carbon-fiber and 18-karat red gold – a look that goes well with the fully carbon fiber mainplate. To enhance this look, the skeletonized bridges along with a few other movement elements are also finished in 18-karat red gold and we can also find a variety of brushed and polished surfaces throughout. Same goes for the crown, which features a deep engraving of the Angelus logo.