‘tempo théorie’ (‘tempo theory’) watch by vangarde

the limited edition ‘tempo théorie’ (‘tempo theory’) is the first watch created by french designer vangarde for his eponymous luxury timepiece company.

in ‘tempo théorie’, vangarde’s 29-jewel custom ‘calibre v1’ movement is set within a black galvanized steel case. decorated with hand-wrought côtes de genève (damaskeening) patterning, the movement is topped with a layer of gears before the final piece with its exposed aluminum alloy hands and time dial. made in switzerland, the watch features a power reserve of 48 hours.

vangarde notes the attention paid to the design of the hands, which was conceptualized as a kinetic whole showcasing the changing forms created by the intersections of the three needles.

‘the initial line of thought in creating this model was to transform the conventional reading of the time into a performance that conflates the architectural and the poetic. the watch seeks to enter its wearer into a complex equation of the relationship between energy (the mainspring), movement (the rotation of the watch mechanism), and shape (the visual composition of the hands).‘

‘tempo théorie’ is produced in a limited-edition run of 88 numbered copies.

vangarde: tempo théorie watch full view of watch movement, without hands or dial

vangarde: tempo théorie watch closer view, ‘calibre v1’ movement

vangarde: tempo théorie watch the composition of watch hands during different times

vangarde: tempo théorie watch cutaway view of the watch construction

video introduction to the watch