Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

The Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial provides the best of both worlds. On the one hand the wearer can enjoy the spectacle of the inner workings by viewing the time with the bezel in the open position. Alternatively, should ease of read-off be required, the bezel can be rotated into the closed position and the gold hands, with luminous centres, will convey hours and minutes with uncluttered elegance.

This detailed review of the Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial includes live images and specification details.

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

Most adults create a veneer to robustly protect themselves from revealing too much of their personality. A psychiatrist will expend much effort through careful use of techniques to identify traits that may impair a patients day to day life. They will spend much time carefully coaxing the disclosure of the inner workings of the mind.

This pre-amble leads me to a timepiece which does not require a medical background to reveal its inner workings. Merely by twisting its bezel 90°, the inner mind of the timepiece is exposed.

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

A magical display

The “magical” display is created by employing two polarising discs whose nanostructures act like shutters. In the closed position they block light, but when opened they allow light to pass through. The discs are detailed with fine lines, imperceptible to the human eye. It is the angle of interaction, between the lines on the two discs, which results in the magical effect.

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

The lines, or nanostructures, are a mere 70 nanometres wide (70 billionth of a meter). The patented know-how was registered by the founders of Revelation, Anouk Danthe and Olivier Leu. They approached the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) to assist in refining the know-how to a level which met their exacting requirements.

Unique choice for the wearer

There is a sound rationale to providing the watch with this unusual feature. Like many, I adore seeing a skletonised movement, with beautiful craftsmanship, openly disclosed. By way of contrast, when two hands are presented against a plain canvas they can bestow peerless legibility without any extraneous details to distract from the hours and minutes conveyed.

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

The Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial provides the best of both worlds. On the one hand the wearer can enjoy the spectacle of the inner workings by viewing the time with the bezel in the open position. Alternatively, should ease of read-off be required, the bezel can be rotated into the closed position and the gold hands, with luminous centres, will convey hours and minutes with uncluttered elegance.

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

Much substance within

Casual observers may suspect that this watch may be an example of style over substance. However, they would be very much mistaken.

Beneath the part-time black opaque dial, resides a remarkable example of horological prowess. Anouk and Olivier have created an impressive movement. The calibre carries the nomenclature “Tourbillon Manege”. The brand states it resembles a fairground carousel, where cars and horses are mounted on a rotating platform. In this instance, all components of the regulating system including balance, lever, wheel and escape pinion are mounted on a mobile arm.

The tourbillon carriage rotates once every minute, helping to compensate for gains and losses in rate due to gravity bearing on the balance.

Revelation is located in Lully-sur-Morges not far from the Jura mountains. This is a region world-renowned for crafting exceptional movements, particularly highly complicated calibres, produced to a blemish free standard.

Close scrutiny of the Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial reveals a timepiece which is modern in design, yet pays due reverence to the traditional finissage synonymous with haute horlogerie.

No need for psychoanalysis

There is an openness and honesty to the Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial which goes beyond its awe-inspiring magical watch dial. The 18-carat pink gold case with black PVD coated titanium caseband and caseback wonderfully blends polished and satin-brushed surfaces and is produced to a high standard. Whilst not all of the 365 movement components are revealed, those parts which are openly showed, example flawless execution.

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial

This watch readily shows its virtues and openly displays its meritorious traits. Indeed, there is no need for psychoanalysis, it candidly reveals its many attributes with a simple twist of the bezel.

Technical Specification

  • Model: Revelation RO4 Tourbillon Magical Watch Dial
  • Reference: R04.TM01.5N.A0001
  • Case: 18-carat pink gold with titanium black PVD; diameter 45.00 mm; height 15.00 mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; tourbillon.
  • Movement: TM01: Tourbillon Manège®, hand-wound movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3Hz); 44 jewels; power reserve 48 hours; 365 parts
  • Strap: Black rubber strap presented on a Titanium black PVD coated deployant

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