New: Ba111od x Label Noir CHPTR_Δ.5

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Fast after the released of their CHPTR_Δ (full review coming soon!), Ba111od releases the CHPTR_Δ.5, a collaboration with Label Noir.

Press Release informtion with commentary in italics.

New: Ba111od x Label Noir CHPTR_Δ.5

The Ba111od x Label Noir CHPTR_Δ.5 retails for CHF 2,950 before taxes. Limited Edition of 111 numbered pieces.

Commentary

As we are preparing for a detailed hands-on review of the CHPTR_Δ, pronounced as “chapter delta”, Ba111od releases a special edition of the watch in collaboration with Label Noir. We have also previously touched on the CHPTR_Δ in another version the AGIL.

This novelty is exactly the same as the soon to be publiehed review sample we received. The only difference is that the review watch is in the regular catalog and thus is not limited, and carries different aesthetics in the colour palate. Of course, the Label Noir logo does not share space with the Ba111od logo. The movement, which uses an Oliver Mory (BCP Tourbillons) module christened Module 09310 is over a Soprod base, remains exactly the same. This module allows the wandering hours complication which traces the inner curved sides of a triangle prominently displayed on the dial.

The regular edition of the Ba111od CHPTR_Δ.

So more details when we do the full review later.

Release details

Opening new horizons in the world of personalized luxury watchmaking, BA111OD collaborates with Label Noir to unveil the CHPTR_Δ.5 Label Noir Limited Edition (pronounced Chapter Delta) in an exclusive series limited to 111 numbered pieces. In this collaboration, the Geneva-based customization house has reimagined the Neuchâtel watchmaker’s complication, adorning it with deep black tones that alternate between glossy and matte finishes in an elegant play of light, accented by a zesty green. This green delicately enhances the numerals and hour markers, the minute hand, and the stitching on the textile strap, subtly elevating the asymmetric reading of time. This unique interpretation of time, combining a circular minute display with a hypocycloidal hour display, transforms time-telling into a choreographic experience, capturing an alternative temporality that embodies the carousel of life.

Ode to Creativity

This exceptional collaboration between BA111OD and Label Noir, a pioneer and reference in creative luxury dedicated to the art of personalization, brings the CHPTR_Δ.5 Label Noir Limited Edition into a new and exclusive light.

“Together, we’ve explored new frontiers for our brand. Emmanuel Curti’s innovative approach, which boldly reinvents iconic pieces, deeply resonates with our vision of watchmaking. This partnership has allowed us to combine our ideas and create a unique watch.”

Thomas Baillod, founder of BA111OD

The CHPTR_Δ, celebrated since its launch last year for pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking with its novel interpretation of time, is sure to captivate with this ultra-exclusive series featuring matte and glossy black with a touch of zesty green.

« A hymn to Time that counts»

The brand’s founder, Thomas Baillod, is proud to present BA111OD’s first manufacture complication. While the minute hand travels around the dial in the usual way, the hour is indicated by a small dot following a hypocycloidal path within a triangle, creating a non-linear experience of time.

“I particularly appreciate this aspect. Besides being mesmerizing, it’s the symbolic aspect of life that fascinates me. Like those precious moments that last or slip away… the hour dot slows down and then speeds up again in a movement that appears irregular yet is perfectly calibrated and precise.”

Thomas Baillod.

A hypocycloidal reading of time

This project, initially imagined by the designer Diego Böttger-Zevallos, turns out to be complex to realize. Thomas Baillod takes on the challenge. To ensure its technical development and production, he once again calls upon the brilliant watchmaker Olivier Mory, who is already responsible for the paternity of the BA111OD Chapter 4 Tourbillon.

“There is hardly anything but the transcendent beauty of mathematics to obtain a triangle using only things that rotate in circles! And it is a discreet tribute to the several centuries-old use of the cycloid in watchmaking. Galileo, Newton, Huygens, Euler, Cantor or Roberval, to name but a handful, have all worked on the amazing properties of these curves.”

Olivier Mory.

Rather than simply rotating a hand around a central axis, the movement was designed to “roll” a satellite hour wheel around a fixed central hour wheel. When a wheel is rotated around another wheel, the trajectory described by any point on this satellite wheel is a cycloid. There are several types of cycloids, some of which have particular trajectories, depending on the size ratio between the fixed wheel and the satellite wheel, as well as whether the satellite wheel rotates inside or outside the fixed wheel. In this new chapter for BA1110D, the chosen cycloid is a deltoid (with a ratio of 1/3), and as a result, the trajectory described by the tip of the hour hand is… a triangle.

A particular shape highly appreciated by BA111OD is the triangle. With its three legs, this geometric shape that rises up represents direction and determination. It symbolizes stability and balance. This balance echoes the brand’s business model, which is based on three letters, BAC (Business → Afluendors → Clients), breaking with the linearity of traditional distribution (B2B, B2C). Even the name BA111OD incorporates the number 3, with its three 1’s.

Conception, design, development, production, and assembly Swiss made: Between local collaborations and in-house work.

While very few watch brands have taken the step to develop their manufacture module, those who have done so are well-established and have already gained recognition. BA111OD stands out from the crowd. The young Neuchâtel-based brand has already embarked on this adventure, despite being founded just over 4 years ago, on 11.10.2019. However, according to its founder, this is a continuation of their philosophy, stating: “Since day one, BA111OD has been about a different way of looking at watchmaking. Today, we offer a new reading of time as well”.

Accustomed to highlighting the artisans with whom he develops his models, Thomas Baillod is no exception in this case. He pays tribute to Diego Böttger-Zevallos, the initial designer of this movement, with an engraving of Module 09310 on the dial, which, when read backwards, offers a nice nod to this Neuchâtelois, as his first name can be discerned.

As with previous models, the design is handled by Liliane Murenzi, BA111OD’s Senior Designer. It is she who gives the piece its sleek character and highlights its DNA through a play of transparencies, asymmetries, and subtle open zones on the movement at different levels, adding depth. All of this is enhanced by the contrast of circular polished-brushed and matte satin finishes. The CHPTR_Δ is available in three color variations: a gray version with blue accents, a black version with red accents, and a third version sporting a deep blue and its distinctive yellow dot.

Working for over a year on the technical development of this automatic winding mechanical movement, with the BA111OD 09310 module for hypocycloidal time reading, watchmaker designer from Chaux-de-Fonds, Olivier Mory, is also responsible for its production, while assembly is done in-house. Since fall 2022, BA111OD has its own watchmaking workshop, T2 (dial fitting, hands, casing) and T3 (bracelet fitting) in Neuchâtel. The brand also has its own after-sales service and logistics department.

This integration demonstrates its dynamism, its Neuchâtel roots, and enables it to control the entire creation process in-house, thus strengthening its autonomy.

Swiss made NFC Technology – the watch industry’s first connected glass

BA111OD is proud to be the first watch brand to offer models with an NFC (Near Field Communication) connected sapphire glass, which allows for contactless communication between two devices in close range, within 1 cm. This technology provides a link between the physical watch and the digital world, but only if the customer desires. By scanning their watch, the NFC glass allows them to transmit their business card or any other predetermined link directly to the phone of their interlocutor.

This exclusive series of 111 numbered pieces of the CHPTR_Δ.5 Label Noir Limited Edition is now available for pre-order on the brand’s website: www.ba111od.com, on the Community App, or at one of the official experience points, at a price of CHF 2950.-

Ba111od x Label Noir CHPTR_Δ.5 Specifications

TECHNOLOGY

ID Glass technology with an NFC tag, non-invasive, inserted only into the curved sapphire glass. BA111OD is the first watchmaker to have used an NFC-connected glass.

Case Stainless steel 316L anti-allergic with Black PVD treatment, 44mm. Transparent caseback

Crown At 4 o’clock (brand signature), engraved with the BA111OD emblem

Crystal Domed sapphire crystal with antireflection treatment

Dial Satin matte steel with multiple levels and laser engraving Faceted triangle in polished steel with black PVD treatment; Green hour dot with superluminova

Movement Swiss made mechanical movement with automatic winding, BA111OD-manufactured module 09310 with hypocycloidal time display (based on Soprod M100).

Functions Hour-Minute

Date at 2 0’clock

Power Reserve 42 hours

Strap Black textile strap with green stitching and easy-clip system

Water Resistance 5 atm

Warranty 2 years

Limited Edition 111 numbered pieces

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