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Trilobe

An audacious idea born out of a desire to break from the traditional watchmaking codes. A new way of reading time. Poetry on the wrist, an intimate link to time. Trilobe is all of those things, and so much more.

About

Trilobe is a creative brand that is 100% independent, founded in France in 2018. The Trilobe watch is truly an invitation to think outside the box and adopt a new way of reading time.

This original way of displaying the hours, minutes and seconds is made possible by a patented calibre unique in watchmaking: The X-Centric module, widely known for its reliability and Swiss Made precision.

At the center of this composition as technical as it is aesthetically pleasing lies several architectural inspirations. The three eccentric and mobile rings turn counter-clockwise. The trefoil (“Trilobe” in French), which gives the brand its name, an ornamental motif with three arms, is a timeless and universal architectural symbol and echoes the three units of time: hours, minutes, and seconds. Another architectural element featured is the “rosace”. Originally featured on the Sainte-Chapelle, a Parisian church built at the turn of the 14th century. A radiant symbol in architecture, this rosace welcomes light into the heart of the watch.

2015
Gautier Massoneau partners with Jean-François Mojon, master Swiss watchmaker.
2018
Trilobe is officially launched at the Musée des Arts & Métiers in Paris.
2019
Trilobe joins the circle of watchmaking companies exhibiting at Baselworld, the World Watchmaking Fair.

Launch of the first variation of Trilobe’s core collection, “Les Matinaux Secret”, which includes personalization of the dial.

The “Les Matinaux” watch is nominated for the first time at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in the “Petite Aiguille” category.

Trilobe joined the prestigious Only Watch auction with a unique bronze version of “Les Matinaux” signed by René Char and supported by Gallimard.
2020
Trilobe introduces the X-Centric calibre, an signature integrated automatic movement.

Trilobe presents its « Les Matinaux » collection in pink gold.

The « Les Matinaux » watch is nominated for the second time at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in the « Petite Aiguille » category.

Trilobe offers a more feminine interpretation of its collection with a 38.5mm case and a palette of colourful and interchangeable straps.

Trilobe continues its development in France (Bordeaux, Lyon) and abroad (USA, Mexico, Hong Kong ...).
2021
Trilobe participated in Watches and Wonders 2021, introducing its new Nuit Fantastique collection during the fair. In this collection, Trilobe retains its signature X-Centric movement, reinterpreted through a matte dial that is segmented into four parts, three of which are permanently rotating. The larger ring marks the hours, the minutes are displayed within an aperture, and the seconds wheel (adorned with a clous de Paris centre) rotates while encircled by an azure ring.
Philosophy

An audacious idea born out of a desire to break from the traditional watchmaking codes. A new way of reading time. Poetry on the wrist, an intimate link to time. Trilobe is all of those things, and so much more.

Created in 2013, Trilobe is a watchmaking journey that reinvents the wheel using no hands. The brand proposes (and submits) a unique concept in which the hours, minutes and seconds are indicated by eccentric rings that are permanently rotating. Time doesn’t stand still, but is on the continuous move: the large outermost ring indicates the hour, the middle ring the minutes, and the smallest ring the seconds.

Collections

Fantastic Night

The second collection from Trilobe, Nuit Fantastique, pays tribute to Stephan Zweig, Austrian writer, playwright, and biographer of the early 20th century (1881-1942). Nuit Fantastique invites you to take your time and also take possession of your life. Dare, live and open yourself up to your destiny by leaving your comfort zone so you can feel the adrenaline rush. 

The design of this creation favors minimalism and plays with perceptions. The elegant, grained and stamped dial is a real technical challenge. It defies symmetrical forms and comes in four parts, three of which are permanently in rotation. Both rough and uncluttered, this unstructured dial has three distinct windows: a larger ring for the hours; a minute wheel in an aperture; a seconds wheel that has a Clou de Paris motif in the centre and an azuré ring on the outside. 

The intertwining of the minutes and seconds gives a glimpse of infinity and the endless passage of time. The satin-finished and polished bezel pays reference to universality and timelessness that is part of this time display set in motion that always turns counter-clockwise. This X-Centric conception of watchmaking is at the heart of Trilobe. Nuit Fantastique is available in silver, black, midnight blue and a "secret" version with the positions of the stars. With a sober and elegant steel case and a resistant sapphire crystal, this creation reveals a new interpretation of the passage of time at Trilobe.

Les Matinaux

An homage to poet and member of the French Resistance René Char (1907 – 1988), “Les Matinaux” is a collection dedicated to its eponymous book, published in 1950. This collection of poems encourages readers to not rely on convention, to live, dare, create—a starting point for Trilobe which, today in its own fashion, proposes an alternative to traditional watchmaking with hands without sacrificing quality or craftsmanship.

Trilobe and René Char invite you to go beyond convention with this quote from the famous poet: “Try your luck, hold on to your happiness and move towards risk. By looking your way, others will follow.”

The collection offers 5 declinations with its dials and bracelets with pin bluckles, all with a 40.5mm 316L steel case. The mechanical self-winding movement with micro-rotor (28,800 vib/h, 48-hour power reserve) enables the concentric hour, minute and seconds rings to be set in motion.

Les Matinaux Secret

With the same technical base as the “Les Matinaux”, the “Les Matinaux Secret” Collection (2019) allows the user to personalize the dial with the representation of the night sky on the date and location of their choice. The collection therefore only offers unique custom-made models. Each dial depicting the starry sky is crafted through a Super-LumiNova 3D embossing—a first in watchmaking. “Les Matinaux Secret” was a project conceived at the founding of Trilobe that was originally pushed back due to the complexity and technicality of the 3D embossing process of Super LumiNova.

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