Discovering Trilobe‘s horological creations is like peeling back the layers of a finely crafted onion, each one revealing more complexity and beauty than the last. With its latest creation, Nuit Fantastique Brume, Trilobe has once again demonstrated its ability to blend tradition with avant-garde design, creating a timepiece that speaks volumes to the most discerning collector.
Trilobe is no stranger to the world of haute horlogerie. Born from the inventive mind of Gautier Massonneau, the brand has steadily carved its place in the annals of watchmaking since its inception. While the Une Folle Journée collection has been in the spotlight in recent months, especially with the launch of new versions at Watches and Wonders 2022, there is one particular line that stands out for its uniqueness and exquisite craftsmanship – the Nuit Fantastique collection.
Gautier Massonneau, the visionary founder and designer behind Trilobe, introduced Nuit Fantastique at Dubai Watch Week 2021, marking a pivotal moment in the brand’s timeline. Fast forward to today and we witness the evolution of this remarkable line with the unveiling of the Nuit Fantastique Brume, a timepiece that seamlessly blends heritage and innovation.
The art of guilloche
At the heart of this masterpiece is the Grain d’Orge guilloché technique, a first for a Trilobe watch. Here, the ancient motif undergoes a metamorphosis and blends seamlessly with the eccentric displays that are synonymous with the Maison Trilobe. The design plays with duality, combining the sharpness of the Clous de Paris with the fluid curves of the Grain d’Orge guilloche, both of which come together to highlight the Trilobe time display. It’s a visual feast that pays homage to traditional watchmaking while remaining firmly rooted in the contemporary world.
“The fixed part of the dial and the hour ring have an ambiguous tone between grey and brown that oscillates with the light,” explains Trilobe, drawing a parallel with the “mist” that the model’s name implies. It’s this subtle dance of light and shadow that adds layers to the watch’s narrative, capturing the essence of infinite timelessness.
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A technical marvel
The Nuit Fantastique Brume’s elegant guilloché and grained dial is the result of meticulous craftsmanship. Breaking with symmetry, the watch is composed of four parts, three of which are in perpetual motion. The hours, minutes and seconds are indicated by rotating rings and fixed numerals, a characteristic Trilobe feature.
The watch is driven by the X-Centric calibre, an automatic movement exclusive to Trilobe. The watch bears the inscription “Paris – France“, a reference to the brand’s recent expansion with a new workshop in Paris. Here, expert watchmakers assemble and case each timepiece, ensuring that every creation that leaves the workshop embodies the Maison’s exacting standards.
A closer look
The watch is presented in two versions, with a titanium case measuring 38.5 millimeters and 40.5 millimeters. Both exude luxury, but for those looking for something a little more special, the 40.5 millimeter rose gold version may be just the thing. Each version reflects Trilobe’s commitment to quality, with meticulous attention to detail such as water-resistance and a balanced mix of mirror-polished and satin-brushed finishes.
A perfect blend of heritage and innovation, the Nuit Fantastique Brume is Trilobe’s love letter to fine watchmaking. It is a testament to the brand’s dedication to craftsmanship, design and the quest for horological perfection. For the man with a passion for timepieces, it is a journey into the heart of watchmaking, an exploration of what happens when tradition and innovation meet in the most elegant of dances.
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