The Zelos Mirage
Zelos has been a mainstay in the microbrand industry since 2014, when the first Zelos watch was produced.
Six years later, Zelos has produced more than twenty different models of watches, with over a hundred different colourways.
In 2020, we present the pinnacle of Zelos watch crafting, our halo model, The Mirage.
The Mirage at a Glance
The Mirage represents the highest quality standards that Zelos has always strived to achieve, combined with rare materials that Zelos has come to be associated with.
As a halo model, The Mirage is designed from the ground up to be a showcase of the talents and resources of Zelos.
The Mirage, at a glance, is a fully skeletonised tourbillon watch, with the tourbillon movement made by La Joux-Perret, a notable Swiss movement manufacturer based in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
It exudes rarity and class, yet still paying respect to the origins of Zelos, incorporating the spirit of engineering with exotic materials in the three case materials available.
The Mirage is produced is an extremely limited run of ten pieces, with three case material options: Titanium (2 pieces), Timascus (5 pieces) and Mokume-gane (3 pieces).
Additionally, Zelos is the first watch company known to have used the Timascus material for its watch cases, which is a visually stunning material that is almost ridiculously light and strong.
Thank you for all the support! The Mirage is now sold out but we are planning for more exciting projects with La Joux Perret for the year end!
Skeletonised Swiss 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 millimeters, creating a sleeker profile.
The movement is fully decorated, complete with black PVD mainplates and a curved-grain pattern. Anglage is applied to the mainplates and bridges for a lustrous look. The tourbillon cage is satin finished and hand-angled, while polished screw heads compliment the overall finish of the movement.
The movement boasts an impressive power reserve of 60 hours.
Manufacture La Joux-Perret
La Joux-Perret is a prestigious Swiss watch movement company, situated within La Chaux-de-Fonds..
Other complications they are known for, in addition to the tourbillon movement, include split seconds, grande dates, and even jumping seconds hands complications.
Exotic Case Alloys
The titanium case is exquisitely finished with alternating brushed and polished surfaces to provide depth in complexity to the watch. It is sleek, inconspicuous, and combined with a colour-coded set of hands and movements, creates an impeccable monochrome outfit for the wrist.
Timascus is Titanium Damascus, an alloy formed by combining two different titanium alloys, resulting in an extremely strong and light material boasting wood-grain patterns. It is a very visually striking material that never fails to capture the attention of those who lay eyes on it.
It is worth noting that Zelos was the first watch manufacturer in the world to create a watch utilizing the Ti-Damascus material. The Ti-damascus material used is comprised of grade 2 and grade 5 titanium, repeatedly folded and forged to create a material strong than the sum of it’s parts. To achieve its stunning colors, each piece is torched personally by Elshan.
Yellow Titanium Damascus is achieved with a lower temperature of roughly 350 Celcius while Blued Titanium Damascus is achieved at approximately 500 Celcius.
Lastly, we have Mokume-gane: A similar metalworking procedure of Japanese origins, utilizing copper and nickel silver to produce a similar wood-grain pattern. One difference is that Mokume-gane will patina, with the copper portions eventually aging to a beautiful dark red, providing a contrast against the nickel silver.
We wanted the unboxing of the Mirage to be an experience in itself. Each watch is shipped in a handcrafted Zingana wood box, prized for its distinct wood grain. Besides an impressive display box, a functional full leather Travel Briefcase will be included. It is crafted to hold 10 watches and 8 watch straps, or it will also double up as a laptop case. Crafted from Italian vegetable tanned leather, this briefcase will obtain a beautiful patina in the years to come.
Each Mirage will also ship with 2 straps, a black Horween leather strap and a genuine crocodile strap. This crocodile strap will come either in Himalayan Grey or Antiqued Blue depending on the case variant purchased.
- Case Size : 41mm Diameter, 45mm Lug to Lug
- Thickness : 9.5mm without crystal
- Strap Width: 20mm
- Water Resistance: 50m
- Movement: LJP 7814
- Power Reserve: 60 Hours
- Frequency: 28800 bhp
- Crystal: Sapphire (Front, dial, back)
- Limited Edition: 10 pieces in total