The new U52 can reach depths of 300 meters unscathed and features a 60-minute timing system
October 26, 2020: Known for its athletically-inspired tourbillon timepieces, Swiss watchmaker Angelus has collaborated with Luis Campos for its U52, a renowned soccer scout and one of the best technical directors in the world of football.
The new limited edition watch, with just 25 copies, is a powerful yet lightweight skeleton tourbillon executed in vivid turquoise.
Mr. Campos is the sporting advisor to Gérard Lopez, Owner and President of LOSC football club in Lille, France. He has an exceptional career of 30 years, managing European soccer clubs. For this collaboration, Mr. Campos chose the blues that adorn the watch and its strap and selected the football motif for the small seconds. He also determined the technical specifications for the piece, which is directly descended from the U50 diving watch and its A-300 flying tourbillon skeleton caliber.
Such technicity and precision means that the U52 can reach depths of 300 meters unscathed and features a 60-minute timing system. Instead of occupying the bezel, the system is situated inside the case on the flange divided into five-minute intervals. This unidirectional rotating ring is operated using the crown at 2 o’clock.
One of U52’s specific features is that the markings from zero (the Angelus logo) to 45 are in a different shade of blue. Their distinct color means they can be used to time each half of a football match. Another characteristic that makes this edition so special is the small seconds which, instead of being indicated by a hand, is mounted on a disc painted with a Super-LumiNova soccer ball.
A recently revived brand, originally born in 1891, Angelus has yet again proved its savoir faire in house-made movements and vintage timepieces which continue to be coveted by collectors all around the world.