Born in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking center, La Chaux-de-Fonds, more than 100 years ago, Angelus has won numerous awards in the early 20th century for its outstanding mechanical craftsmanship and innovative watches. Sold in 2011 to La Joux Perret SA, the brand today is dedicated to new techniques in high watchmaking display and mechanics – offering diving and racing tourbillons, as well as other horological feats.
Angelus was founded in 1891 by two brothers, Albert and Gustav Stolz, in the famous Swiss watchmaking town of Le Locle. For a long time, the brand was best known as one of the most significant chronograph movement manufacturers. In 1925, Angelus produced their first in-house manual monopusher chronograph movement and, in 1930, the world’s smallest 8-day movement. Like many other prestigious watch brands, Angelus fell upon hard times during the 1970s quartz crisis and stopped production. The brand went dormant for over 40 years.
La Joux-Perret SA, a mechanical movement specialist in La Chaux-de-Fonds, decided to bring the Angelus name back to life in 2011.
Today Angelus embraces the best of the brand’s legacy, from the 30s era logo to the innovation and manufacturing excellence long linked to the Angelus name, while setting a new path as a modern, vertically-integrated watch manufacture.
The Angelus brand unites athletic aesthetics and advanced high-performance engineering to create its all-tourbillon watch collections, designed and produced entirely in-house. The U20 Ultra-Skeleton Tourbillon, with its sapphire main plate, the U21 Tourbillon, features a combination of carbon-fiber and 18-karat gold, and the U50 Diver Tourbillon, with its titanium case and superior water-resistance up to 300 meters.
The Angelus product catalog currently includes five unique all-tourbillon timepiece collections, ranging in price from $30,000 to $75,000. Angelus timepieces are fully skeletonized, but their openwork tourbillon movements are by no means delicate. From their beam-shaped bridges to their interchangeable lugs and straps, Angelus movements are built like athletes: lean, efficient, robust, and adaptable. Alternative materials like sapphire, titanium, ceramic, and carbon fiber are regularly incorporated for aesthetic effect or their unique properties of lightness and strength to improve long term wear and performance.
Angelus is owned by La Joux-Perret SA, a mechanical movement specialist in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Watch collectors still prize vintage Angelus chronographs made from the 30s to the 60s, with the holy grail being the Chronodato, the world’s first serially produced chronograph that featured a date.