Singapore watchmaker Zelos Watches has released its first halo watch model, named The Mirage. The Mirage represents the pinnacle of the company’s capabilities and is a limited edition run of 10 pieces. It exudes rarity and class, paying respects to the origins of Zelos, incorporating the spirit of engineering with exotic materials. The Mirage is an accessible Swiss tourbillon, boasting many features far above its price tier.
The Mirage features a customized Manufacture La Joux-Perret skeletonized tourbillon movement featuring a flying tourbillon. A flying tourbillon is unlike a dual-supported tourbillon. Instead, it is cantilevered and supported only by one side. This feat of engineering requires higher quality standards due to the increased stresses on the support structure, but also provides more unobstructed views to showcase the tourbillon. Another engineering accomplishment is the re-designed gear train. Typically situated directly below the tourbillon cage, it has instead been designed to fit alongside. This helps reduce the overall thickness of the movement to barely 9-mm, creating a sleeker profile. The movement is fully decorated, complete with black PVD main plates and a curved-grain pattern. Every edge and join has been finely beveled for a remarkable finishing, especially up close. The movement boasts an impressive power reserve of 60-hours.
A standard that you should expect with all Zelos watches, The Mirage features a high double domed front sapphire crystal for maximum visibility. The display caseback is also made of sapphire crystal, and both front and rear crystals have anti-reflective coatings applied to the underside. The Mirage boasts an incredibly breathtaking “invisible” sapphire crystal dial. This creates a floating effect on the hands, indices, and brand logo, which seem to be levitating in the middle of the watch without any kind support. A circular window has been cut with much precision to house the tourbillon movement. The complexity of this task, coupled with the extreme hardness and relative brittleness of sapphire crystal, results in a failure rate of over 50%, even when conducted by a master artisan. Only sapphire crystal dials that have passed Zelos’ rigorous quality checks are used, ensuring the end product is nothing short of perfection. The sapphire dial and the accompanying floating effect it produces is an optical phenomenon, reminiscent of the original Latin meaning of the word Mirage: To Look at, to wonder at.
The Mirage series is available in three limited case options: Titanium (2 pieces $10,900), Timascus (5 pieces $11,900), and Mokume-gane (3 pieces $11,900).
The Mirage collection will be available for purchase on June 9 through Zelos’ site at 10 pm SGT. For more information on the collection, click here.