Hands-On With The Omega Speedmaster CK2998 Reference 3126.96.36.199.02.001
When Mr. Ollila first introduced me to his newest project and some of the timepieces his company was making, I was truly astounded. The Time Warp Creations Zymosis Lockdown is so totally "out there" it transcends pretty much everything I know about when it comes to judging a watch. It reminds me of those terribly painted Victorian houses that populate parts of San Francisco in colors that should never go together on a residential home such as purple and green, or yellow and red. These buildings are in some instances so ugly, they become endearing to certain people. I could say the same thing about many breeds of dog that I personally find visually distasteful.
With those indices, the sapphire crystal has another treat in store for the wearer. From the photos we have seen, it does certainly appear that the sub-displays are floating over the dial. This is one of those aspects that come into play with having the translucent surface, and something we more commonly see on a carbon fiber dial (which generally has a layer of clear epoxy over it). Aside from being a rather neat effect to notice in person, it also manages to further separate things from the movement underneath.
A close look at the construction of the 300 meter water resistant case allows you to see that the middle section is actually colored black. It is sort of silly how easy this element is to see for even a few years of wearing one. The rear of the watch is screwed down, but not very interesting. The engraving feels a bit simple and beneath what a ,000 plus watch should have. Inside the JeanRichard Aquascope, as well as in three-hand Terrascope and Aeroscope models is a Swiss ETA or Sellita automatic movement. Though JeanRichard calls it their caliber JR60.
I am glad to report that Angelus is not going with precious metals for the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere watch. I so could have seen this being produced in 18k white gold or platinum and the price being silly enough for most people to simply write-off the watch. No, the Angelus U10 Tourbillon Lumiere in this ref. 0LUAS.B01A.C001F version is in steel (there is some titanium in the movement - as well as nickel). However, the steel used is an alloy known as BO-988 which apparently is tougher than 316L steel. I wonder how it compares to the 904L steel that Rolex uses.