The Angelus U10 Tourbillon Calavera Counts Down To Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos – or simply ‘The Day of the Dead’ – is a two-day festival that takes place every year in the first days of November. Although most people think about Mexico upon hearing about this holiday, Dia de los Muertos is actually celebrated throughout all Latin America and every other place where Latino population lives, including Los Angeles, California and so on.
If you don’t know this yet, Dia de los Muertos has its origins in both Aztec tradition and Catholic observance of All Saints Day, and it apparently has nothing to do with Halloween, which is a Northern European tradition. But what we really want to talk about right now are the Calaveras de Azucar – or ‘sugar skulls’ – tiny candies which often come decorated in bright colors meant to be eaten or left for the dead on gravesites.
Why do we need to talk about such a sweet and possibly awkward piece of candy? Well, what else could you think about after stumbling upon the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Calavera watch? The first unique piece from this Angelus U10 art collection pays tribute to the old ways of Mexican Calaveras, part of a very ancient tradition of memento mori.
Showing off a 62.7 BO-988 specific annealed stainless steel case, bead-blasted and treated with black PVD on the inside, the watch benefits from seven AR-coated sapphire crystals and will handle 30-meter deep waters. The high-quality annealed steel contains fewer impurities, which makes it resistant to corrosion and the preferred choice for polishing and a cool finish.
The Swiss hand-wind Angelus in-house caliber A-100 with 38 jewels, 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 90 hours makes everything come to life. But it is the translucent-gray coated concave sapphire and black outer ring making up the dial are what gets everyone noticing the watch – that, and the deadly, colorful design. Nonetheless, a hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with a steel folding buckle is what finished everything off.