Unveiling the next potent piece of innovative “time sculpture”, WILBUR launches the LEO Timepiece at this year’s Couture Show. The LEO represents seven years of extreme design and engineering by its creator, Jason Wilbur, and it is truly a piece of living art.
The LEO is Jason Wilbur’s other-worldly method of utilizing what can only be described as an alien alphabet, displayed on a series of specially constructed floating disks, creating a jumping hour display. With over seven years of design and engineering development to achieve the finished product, the creator’s original inspiration was derived from a fascination with extra-terrestrial stories from Roswell, New Mexico, and Area 51 in Nevada.
In early 1947, a mysterious wreckage was discovered in Roswell, and a piece of metal with cryptic symbols was found. To this day, no one knows what the hieroglyphic symbols mean. For the LEO, Jason Wilbur created his own type of alien-coded language to feed the unusual jump hour display.
Using a first-of-its-kind space-age aluminum alloy, two separate disks rotate twice an hour on either side of the display. Where they meet, the hieroglyphic symbols form the correct hour digit at the dial’s center. To display the minutes and seconds, the LEO returns to earth displaying each at the end of fixed bridges that double as hands.
The LEO utilizes an 8-part modular case design with anti-reflective sapphire crystal on the front and back. The WILBUR Engine One movement is constructed for WILBUR by Concepto in La Chaux-deFonds, Switzerland, running at 4Hz, with a 50-hour power reserve and 27 jewels. The case is hand finished in Titanium and Black DLC, and sports WILBUR’s ergonomic “landing-gear” strap.
The LEO is the experimental high-horology complement to WILBUR’s existing lineup, which also includes the EXP and the Launch Edition collections, both of which are serious wrist machines under WILBUR’s “Daily Driver” umbrella of timepieces. Built in the USA with in-house regulated Swiss movements, each timepiece is created with an artful mix of steel, ceramic, and titanium components.