June 29, 2023 / Launch

Nuit FantastiqueLimited Edition for Hodinkee 

“A timepiece that showcases our idea of beauty through the Hodinkee lens”
Gautier Massonneau, Trilobe’s Founder and Creative Director. 

Trilobe is proud to join forces with Hodinkee and to unveil a limited and numeroted edition of 30 pieces. This exclusivity is a fusion of horological heritage and the Maison’s contemporary DNA.

This creation draws on the minimalist aesthetic of the Nuit Fantastique collection while boasting a truly noteworthy evolution– the guilloche dial that is adorned with not one but two distinct patterns.

Guilloche represents a harmonious blend of tradition and complexity, serving as one of the most challenging techniques for crafting a dial. Trilobe has previously ventured into this type of finishing only once before, further underscoring the significance of this design element.

The base of the dial shows an exquisite Grain d’Orge patterning, meticulously carved into the surface using a hand-operated rose engine machine. This time-honored apparatus, largely unchanged over the course of several centuries, demands the skillful expertise of an artisan to intricately shape the dial’s motifs. Within the seconds disk, a Clous de Paris pattern takes form—an elegant arrangement of straight-line engravings that starkly contrast with the dial’s rounded etchings. The juxtaposition of these contrasting elements generates a captivating visual tension, enhancing the allure of both designs.

To accentuate the prominence of the captivating guilloche patterns on the dial, a deliberate decision was made to omit the Trilobe name while retaining the logo, which serves a dual purpose as the hour marker. This thoughtful approach ensures that the guilloche designs take center stage, allowing their intricate beauty to command attention and become the focal point of the watch.

Focusing on the hours ring, Trilobe chose to offer a fresh take on timekeeping by trading Arabic numerals for the timeless elegance of Roman numerals, a humble way to pay tribute to the history of time telling. A slight slant to the numerals accentuates the movement of the outer disk, emphasizing the passing of time.

The Trilobe Nuit Fantastique Limited Edition For Hodinkee measures just 38.5mm in diameter and 9.2mm thick, offering a perfect balance between presence on the wrist and comfort. The case is made from lightweight Grade 5 titanium, lending its greyish hue to the satin-brushed mid-case. The polished lugs flow to a slightly domed bezel that houses a sapphire crystal with multi-layered anti-reflective treatment (ARDUR), ensuring an optimal view from any angle.

Powering this watch is a self-winding mechanical movement with a micro-rotor, called the X-Centric Calibre. The X-Centric Calibre is designed and created by Trilobe and manufactured by hand in Switzerland’s storied La Chaux-de-Fonds by Le Cercle des Horlogers.

With a 48-hour power reserve and an operating frequency of 28.800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), the X Centric Calibre represents a marvel of engineering composed of 33 functional rubies and a total of 215 components. Turning the watch over will reward you with a view of the movement that features micro-blasted bridges and plates, which are frosted to achieve a fine-grain effect in the brass and then electroplated for a striking black-gold surface.

Along the edge of the caseback, the individual number of each watch is engraved X/30, a reminder that the Trilobe Nuit Fantastique Limited Edition for Hodinkee is part of a very exclusive production run of just 30 pieces.