Vangarde Tempo Théorie Skeleton w/Off-Center hands
November 22, 2011
This is the Vangarde Tempo Théorie, a new limited edition timepiece with a Swiss made 7750 based skeleton movement.
Perhaps the coolest elements of this timepiece, aside from the openworked movement, are the hands. Machined from solid alloy in aluminum, magnesium and silicon (and featuring Superluminova inserts), the hands are skeletonized and uniquely shaped. They are off-center mounted, resulting in a very distinct way of telling the time (you have to watch the video to fully understand).
"The hour and minute hands are opposed, overlap, intersect, are juxtaposed, while the counter hands complete this design even more complex kinetic whole. All these combinations are an architectural structure similar to a polymorphic array in motion, moved by the mechanical energy of a spring. The visual is confusing and encourages curiosity, while remaining perfectly legible."
The Tempo Théorie features a 42 mm by 13.9 mm stainless steel case with satin-brushed surfaces and fully polished bezel. It is powered by a caliber V1 movement, which is a modified 7750 (blackened and skeletonzied). Sapphire crystal with double glareproofing. Sapphire caseback. Screw-down crown, decorated with polished nails finish. Locking pushers with polished nails finish.
Louisiana alligator strap with hand-stitched calf leather lining (screw in strap). Satin finished steel butterfly clasp with double push, and polished nails finish. Limited to 88 pieces.