An innovative timepiece which is characterised by avant-garde styling, the Trilobe Une Folle Journée Black watch has the distinction of a spectacular three dimensional dial aspect A timepiece which exhibits exceptional finishing throughout and which enjoys the advantage of a complex proprietary mechanism, the model is a stunning, aesthetically pleasing example of independent watchmaking.
Having launched their first timepiece in 2018, Trilobe have developed a small but evolving portfolio of watches, each defined by uniqueness and sophistication. The brainchild of founder Frenchman Gautier Massonneau, every Trilobe timepiece combines a quintessential French flair for design, with sophisticated Swiss micro-mechanics. Boasting assertive design throughout, Une Folle Journée is a superb addition to the Trilobe collection which demonstrates their creativity and panache for unconventional dial arrangements.
The watch is housed within a Grade 5 titanium case enhanced with polished and brushed finishing techniques. Marking a first in the history of this youthful watchmaking company, the dial has an open worked architecture and in order to accommodate its three dimensional layout, the case is topped with a beautifully executed, pronounced domed sapphire crystal which rises up to a height of 10.2mm.
The dial side panorama of the watch is extraordinary. Laid out beneath the showcase sapphire dome and rising up to meet it, a trio of rotating rings mark the passage of time. Offering up an illusion, they appear to float whimsically upon a complicated labyrinth of mechanical components. Supported on nine tiny pillars the rings are crafted to conform to the curve of the sapphire, and as they rotate using the fixed reference, they enable an intuitive reading of the passage of time which is instantly mesmeric.
The hours, the larger of the three is positioned at the outer dial, followed by the minutes and seconds each concentrically placed. Rendered with black DLC coating, the indication rings are crafted from ultra-light titanium thus ensuring smoothness as they turn upon their sophisticated mechanisms. Beneath them, the base plate has been decorated with a darkened grained finish, creating a dramatic effect as it interacts with the polished elements of the rings.
To complement the glimpse of the mechanisms on the dial side, a full disclosure of the proprietary Calibre X-Centric self-winding movement is appreciable through the rear sapphire crystal. Meticulously finished throughout, in-keeping with the design language of the watch, the calibre carries a contemporary aesthetic, with high-contrast polished edges and a grained decoration. Powered by a micro-rotor, the calibre has a power reserve of 48 hours, running at 28’800 vib/h.
A remarkable watch from every aspect, the Une Folle Journée Black watch by Trilobe is presented on a black strap of sustainable leather, secured to the wrist with a titanium pin buckle.