The Angelus U10 Tourbillon Calavera reference 0LUAS.B01A.C001F copy watches are totally unique piece, meaning that there is just one of these versions of the already super-rare Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere. The watch takes the seriously weird (but in a cool way) U10 Tourbillon and gives it a few cosmetic changes – most notably the Mexican Day of the Dead “Calavera” painted skull and the bund-style strap.
It’s challenging for me to write about Angelus, because as a brand I respect, I don’t know what the future has in store for it. Angelus is a historic brand that was revived by La Joux-Perret and master lead designer Sebastien Chaulmontet (best know for his work at Arnold & Son). Since Angelus was reborn (with the U10 Tourbillon being the debut piece) La Joux-Perret was purchased by Citizen watches in Japan, and Sebastien Chaulmontet later left the company. So what I feel is a legitimate question – is who will run the brand now and give it the creative spark it needs?
That the fake U10 Tourbillon Lumiere and U10 Calavera (to a greater degree) are niche-appeal timepieces with strange looks is a good thing for the purposes of this conversation. Angelus proved that you could be innovative when it comes to design these days, and still be familiar enough to satisfy high horology purists. What Chaulmontet did with Angelus is make most of the designs actually original. Without him though… who will spearhead originality? If there is anything I know for certain about the watch industry, it is that independent thinkers, who can design and manage projects, and who understand the nuances of watch production (like Sebastien) are damn hard to find. So while he isn’t the only of his ilk out there, replacing the man outright will be impossible.
That means the future of Angelus might be closer to Dia de Muertos than even this one-of-a-kind watch suggests. Whether or not what I’ve described makes the brand remarkably more collectible, or fade faster into the dusk is something we have to wait for and find out. Nothing like an uncertain future to keep prospector-style collector’s on their toes.
Here’s when I ask big questions about replica watches with skulls on them. At best, such symbolism is meant to remind us mere mortals that conscious life is a gift and to cherish it. At worst, skulls on watches or most fashion-related objects is the epitome of cliché trends that promotes a morbid curiosity thinly veiled with artistic credibility.