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TRILOBE NUIT FANTASTIQUE DUNE WRISTWATCH REVIEW

A beguiling timepiece which is effortlessly elegant, yet with an avant-garde character, the Nuit Fantastique Dune watch by Trilobe is an excellent find for the discerning client who values uniqueness and horological innovation. With a façade which displays the time without the use of traditional watch hands, the piece offers a highly emotive perspective on the passage of time which is as thought-provoking as it is beautiful.


An independent watchmaking company defined by its creativity, Trilobe was founded in 2018 by Gautier Massonneau. From their first release, the company won acclaim for its technically challenging pieces. Forming part of a portfolio which is defined by originality, the Nuit Fantastique Dune model features a new colour tone, with which to showcase the model’s exceptional dial arrangement. Not limited to its eye-pleasing aesthetic, the watch has the added appeal of a complex mechanical self-winding movement.


Presented in a grade 5 titanium housing, the case carries flawless decorative techniques of satin-brushed and mirror-polished finishes which contrast superbly adding enhancement to its rounded profile. With neatly curving lugs and a subtle domed bezel the watch has all the requirements of a classical yet contemporary wrist watch. Sized at either 38.5mm or 40.5mm, it rests on the wrist at a height of 9.2mm.


The dial of the watch is outstanding in its uniqueness and is instantly compelling. Featuring a delicate grained dial surface in a warm sand tone which is  guaranteed to soothe the senses, the passage of time is enabled entirely without the use of traditional watch hands. Instead, a trio of individual displays for the hours, minutes and seconds form an exquisite alliance ensuring intuitive time reading for the wearer.


The hours, each rendered in charming diminutive arabic numerals, are located on a ring at the dial edge. In a stroke of ingenious yet disruptive design, the ring has been engineered to turn counterclockwise and it aligns with the splendid little Trilobe emblem at the 12 o’clock position. Leaving an abundance of exquisite grainy dial surface to enjoy, two recessed interlocking rings on the left of the dial, embrace to form the symbol for infinity or perchance, the fortuitous number 8. With the minutes in the upper section, and the seconds in the lower, a petite triangular pointer serves as a reference for both.


Echoing the motion of the hour ring, the rotation of the minutes and the seconds also run counterclockwise with each numeral crafted in eloquent script. Both indications are displayed in increments of five, and while the minutes slip by gracefully, the seconds add subtle dynamism to this otherwise tranquil façade, as they rotate upon a disc decorated at its centre with a Clous de Paris motif.


Revealed through the rear sapphire crystal, the company’s technically masterful self-winding Calibre X-centric proprietary mechanism is revealed. Exhibiting a highly contemporary architecture, the movement is designed and developed by Jean-François Mojon and Le Cercle des Horlogers, and has the refinement of meticulous micro-blasted finishing on its bridges and plates, and its linear arrangement with the micro-rotor and balance wheel poised at the upper and lower promotes excellent symmetry. Beating at 28’800 vib/h, it is equipped with a power reserve of 48 hours.


A beautifully executed piece throughout, the Trilobe Nuit Fantastique Dune watch comes presented on a brown alligator leather strap secured to the wrist with a titanium pin buckle. On request, our clients can avail of this timepiece in the 18ct rose gold case option.


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