Angelus U10 Tourbillon Calavera
From the earliest days of its conception, the master model U10 Tourbillon Lumière was imagined as a piece of mechanical art, paying tribute to some of the most influential and forward-thinking designers from the 60s and 70s, such as Dieter Rams and Achille Castiglioni.
Now, Angelus is pushing the envelope even further by integrating striking visual art into this singular watch.
With its unique design and especially its vitrine-type construction, the U10 offers an extraordinary platform to showcase not only its oversized tourbillon, but also miniature works of wearable art.
As such, Angelus will take on different themes from various artistic movements and integrate them with its U10.
The first unique piece from this Angelus U10 art collection pays tribute to the old tradition of Mexican Calaveras.
These are part of a very ancient tradition of memento mori.
Since Ancient Rome, Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.
Symbolic reminders of mortality, what could have been a better theme to ornate the tourbillon watch displaying dead beat seconds than a mementos mori?
The Calaveras are mainly used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), where people remember and honor those who have passed on with calaveras, poems and other forms of symbolism.
Above all, it is a celebration of life and its transient nature.