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BASELNEWS 2011Milus presents the classic version of the Herios TriRetrograde watch

The Herios TriRetrograde watch is the only square model in the Milus collection. This shaped piece, thus far produced in versions that are feminine, sporting or even  featuring dials artistically decorated in cloisonné enamel, is presented in a classic and entirely reworked version. New case, new style but still the famous retrograde display that has become the hallmark of Milus.

If the power and the success of a model can be judged by the originality of its style and its incessant capacity to reinvent itself without ever betraying itself, the Herios TriRetrograde watch is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished watches. Successively sporting, an article of jewellery or decorated in cloisonné enamel, Milus now presents it in a resolutely classical style. An item of great formal beauty, with an emotional design, rigorous and guided by a desire for simplicity and purity. The original square form has thus been reworked to give it a gentleness that is reflected in its many curves, both on the flanks as well as in its profile. To accomplish this work, the designer has gone back to the aesthetics of the 17th century arabesque style from which he has re-transcribed the fineness and lightness, above all on the level of the added horns, very much a watchmaker’s detail. These horns thus appear to integrate into the case only to come out again, like an extension, on the level of the crown protection, giving the overall item a harmonious and delicate cohesion. The glass with double radius of curvature, assembled at the same level as the bezel, gives the whole item the roundness of a runner long polished by the sea, a roundness that is also found on the back cover of the case for improved comfort in contact with the wrist.

In terms of the dial, there are two versions available. The first has a galvanic black decor stamped with a sun motif centred on the little seconds hand situated at 6 o’clock. Adorned with an hour circle made of silver-plated indexes in appliques, it creates an impression of discrete classicism and elegance. The second appears less formal with its more vintage accents thanks to a white lacquered decor adorned with blue Arabic numerals, its peripheral area is stamped with pulsating motifs. Both are animated with three retrograde seconds hands, now symbolic of the Milus brand and its very playful way of measuring time.

These hands are controlled by the exclusive Milus 3838 mechanism and by a special-execution, Swiss-made movement. Visible through the transparent back cover of the case, this mechanical calibre with automatic winding features an oscillating skeleton weight in the form of the Milus logo with the symbol of the brand engraved in its centre.

Water-resistant to 3 atm, the Herios TriRetrograde Classic watch is available in steel with a black or brown alligator strap.

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