Category: Cyrus Watches
The Fascination of exclusive mechanics
After the launch of the “Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon” in 2018, the first model to feature a tourbillon complication in its range, the young and dynamic independent CYRUS Manufacture, based in Le Locle, is expanding its collection.
To mark Baselworld 2019, it is presenting a new version of its innovative timepiece designed for enthusiasts of high-end exclusive mechanics: the Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon.
Jean-François Mojon, the Manufacture’s technical director and inspirational master watchmaker, is the mastermind behind CYRUS creations. With this new timepiece, he has set out to renew the magic of the Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon, creating an interpretation that showcases the outstandingly innovative mechanism driving the watch. The tourbillon cage, placed in the middle of the dial for the first time, is set on a vertical axis at a 90° angle. Painstaking studies by the technical team at CYRUS revealed that this angle ensures the tourbillon cage is almost always in vertical position when on the wrist, thereby optimising its performance in precision.
Spectacular and refined, the new Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon allows fine watchmaking enthusiasts to dive right into the heart of the movement and enjoy the “dance” performed by its parts while reading off the retrograde time. Each element of the mechanism is finely finished and decorated, transforming it into an animated piece of exquisite craftsmanship.
All the visible elements on the “face” of the KLEPCYS VERTICAL SKELETON TOURBILLON are positioned in such a way that ensure the design is perfectly symmetrical, and are set out in a three-dimensional architecture which adds further depth.
The arched vertical bridge, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s self-supporting bridge, decorated using the “microbillage” technique features bevelled, polished edges and frames the tourbillon cage which performs one full rotation in one minute. It harmoniously divides the dial into two equal parts, making it easier to read off the retrograde hours and minutes. This original 3D structure is protected by a tailor-made sapphire crystal glass which is domed and anti-reflective, with a thickness of 1.2 mm.
To the right, a DLC black arch decorated with microbillage shows a scale running from 0 to 60 at 5-second intervals. It is embellished with a 4N gold or silver-finish edge, depending on the versions, and indicates the sweeping retrograde minutes with an exclusively sculpted hand. The left-hand arch in white Arabic numerals, which features the same finish as the minutes, marks the retrograde jumping hours. The seconds can be read off the tourbillon cage thanks to small numbered blocks, with the 60 seconds highlighted in red.
Between the two arches of the tourbillon bridge, a black DLC microbillé sphere with a 5mm diameter, set at 12 o’clock, catches the eye. It displays the days of the watch’s power reserve (1-4). To achieve a balanced effect, the CYRUS logo is set at 6 o’clock.
On observing the dial more closely, we can make out the star of the show (namely the tourbillon, the undisputed protagonist of our watch). It is almost as if it is gracefully twirling on a stage, interacting with a choreography of wheels, gears and hands that sinuously move in unison.
The upper part of the skeleton dial reveals two rhodium-plated barrels, decorated with the typical engraved triangular motifs we recognize in many CYRUS models. The bridges are microbillé with a dark grey NAC galvanic treatment, and the edges are bevelled and polished. The levers of the retrograde system are satin-polished and rhodium plated. The wheels are rhodium-plated and decorated with cerclage, the cams are mirror-polished. The jewels give a touch of colour to the finished item. Nothing has been left to chance!
Every component of the hand-winding manufacture movement, calibre CYR625, with a double barrel offering more than a 100-hour power reserve, has been painstakingly decorated to give the Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon a sophisticated allure.
The “beating heart” of the KLEPCYS VERTICAL SKELETON TOURBILLON can also be seen from the case back. This reveals the masterful finish executed by the highly skilled master artisans at CYRUS. The grey-colored bridges, thanks to the NAC galvanic treatment, are decorated with a slightly curve sunray pattern and have a microbillé satin finish that contrasts with the polished finish of the edges. The two parallel barrels have black lacquered ratchet-wheels adorned with CYRUS’s signature propeller-like logo, whilst the screw heads are mirror-polished.
All this beauty is enclosed in a cushion-shaped case which has become a defining code of the Maison. It has a diameter of 44 mm, excluding the two crowns set at 3 and 9, another distinctive feature of CYRUS watches. Respectively, the first sets the time and winds the movement, whilst pressing the second, rapidly corrects the hour.
THE KLEPCYS VERTICAL SKELETON TOURBILLON is a limited edition manufactured in three versions. Five pieces of each are available: in grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment, in 4N rose gold and a two-tone version in 4N rose gold with black DLC titanium bezel.
The watch is completed with a black alligator leather strap with a folding DLC titanium clasp for the titanium and two-tone versions. The model in 4N rose gold features a brown alligator leather strap, with a gold buckle.
The Cyrus Klepcys 46mm is easily one of the strangest watches that I have worn for any extended amount of time (even more so than the Azimuth SP-1 Landship watch). Why strange? Well, let’s look at this cushion-shaped space craft for the wrist with its movement that is exotic not only in its complications, but also in how it even indicates the time. I’ve spent many conversations simply explaining to people how the “mobile cube” system in the Cyrus Klepcys allows you to read the proper hour and minute. With that said, after getting used to this rather clever time-telling concept, the Cyrus Klepcys becomes easy, if not actually enjoyable to read.
The Cyrus Klepcys 46mm started its life back in 2011 when it was originally debuted on aBlogtoWatch here. At the time, the brand was under different ownership. The movement was designed by Jean-Francois Mojon, a person we respect for his often brilliant and typically unique watch movements. Mr. Mojon is the head of a movement design firm called Chronode – which also happens to be owned by the same people who currently own Cyrus.
I don’t want to discuss the movement just yet. Even though the mechanical automatic movement inside of the Cyrus Klepcys is interesting, it isn’t what first catches most people’s attention. The large 48mm-wide case with its tall, curved stance and massive personality is what most people see first. You need some big wrists to properly pull off the Cyrus Klepcys, else it will eat your arm alive. The many surfaces and details are impressive, and the watch does look decidedly cool. With that said, there are some very sharp angles to the case. I’ll go so far as to suggest that the Cyrus Klepcys is among the more dangerous watches I’ve worn. Put to the test and in the right hands, it would not surprise me if an resourceful assassin could use the Cyrus Klepcys to complete a contract.
For the most part, the case isn’t going to cut you, but I am talking about certain elements, like the “serrated” crown and sharp edges to the deployant clasp. Wearing it normally is pain free, but once in a while, your finger will encounter a “challenging” angle. Perhaps, that is worth it, since it takes true grit to pull off a timepiece like this. It is interesting because I’ve found a distinct split among watch lovers with some capable (and willing) to don such a bold and avant-garde watch… while others shy away from anything that isn’t strictly “conservative” or “traditional.” What is it about untested designs that evokes so much emotion in either the positive or negative direction?
I, for one, am a known experimenter with watches, happy to wear a true classic, but excited to wear something new or uncommon. When wanting to go the full avant-garde route you really must combine a special movement with a special case – assuming you can afford it, that is. Looking at the Cyrus Klepcys in that regard, it does satisfy both qualifications. Just wait until you find the “Mars” version of the Klepcys…
One of the more obscure details of the Klepcys is on the rear of the case. There lies a solid gold medallion “replica” of an ancient Persian empire coin. Cyrus claims (at least they did in the past) that the company owns the actual coin and that the gold replica on the back is a testament to the name of the brand (which is that of Cyrus the Great of Persia). This medallion on the back of the watch is an interesting touch but, like many things in the world of watches, it is difficult to appreciate its purpose without more of the brand’s back story.
I have to admit that stuff like this happens a lot in the watch world. Brands produce products and are so invested in the process that they forget what the rest of the world needs to know about those products. Either there are design elements which require context to fully appreciate, or watches are designed without things like the actual model name on them. So I am not really singling out Cyrus here, but rather commenting on a larger issue in the watch industry which I find amusing. Then again, perhaps the mystery of why some watches are the way they are helps add to their appeal.
Exclusivity and rarity is an appeal unto itself when it comes to watches. In fact, the entire purpose of complex movements such as that in the Cyrus Klepcys is to be different. That means not only individual in their design, but also in how they operate and tell the time. Inside the Cyrus Klepcys is the caliber CYR598 produced from 456 parts, operating at 4Hz (28,800 bph). The movement has a power reserve of 40 hours and is an automatic. In terms of functions, it tells the time with hours, minutes, and seconds; shows AM and PM indicators; has a moon phase indicator; and displays the date. It also happens to do none of these things in ways most other watches do.
Time is told first with the seconds on a disc in the absolute center of the Klepcys dial. Around the seconds disc is a minute disc. This element is a bit complex because it needs to move in tandem with a retrograde hour hand. This means that as the hour hand moves, so does the minutes disc along with it. The effect is rather interesting and is certainly the result of clever gearing (and math). Hours are, of course, indicated on the scale to the left. To read the correct time, all you need to do is locate the position of the hour hand… which actually happens to also be the minute hand. While there are probably other examples, this is a very rare situation when the exact same hand indicates both the hours and minutes on separate scales.
Look to the left of the hand, and you’ll find the hour, and to the right, you’ll find the minute. It works easily once you get the hang of it, but you’d be surprised how often people don’t understand how to read the time on the Cyrus Klepcys. It is a fun way to test people – just ask them to read the time. The time-telling hand has another trick to it, though: the small cubes spin in order to indicate day or night. Basically, one side of the cubes are painted one color (such as yellow or white) and the other side is painted red. This is how you you determine AM or PM.
The upper right quadrant of the Cyrus Klepcys 46mm dial is dedicated to the very interesting retrograde date indicator. Once again, a small metal cube is used to indicate the correct information. The cube indicates either 0, 1, 2, or 3 and moves along a scale of 0-9. The most clever part is how the system knows there aren’t 33 days in a month and adjusts accordingly. The date is further adjusted by the Cyrus Klepcys’ right crown – which is actually a pusher. Playing with the date indicator is easily one of the most enjoyable elements of fiddling with this timepiece.
Last, the dial has a moonphase indicator – and again, Cyrus was not able to go a “standard route” with this classic horological complication. Rather than a disc, the moon phase is indicated using an actually three-dimensional moon orb. The detailing on the moon orb is very impressive, and a metal shroud is used to slowly cover the moon. This is how the moon phase is indicated, and there is an inset pusher on the side of the case used to adjust the moon phase indication.
The movement inside of the Cyrus Klepcys 46mm is certainly a highlight of the collection – and I believe the dial is finished in a slightly different way depending on the case material. Again, there are also the rare “Mars” versions. This particular ref. 539.004.C version of the Cyrus Klepcys is the base model because it is in natural polished titanium. I prefer that because it helps remove a bit of the mass, given the lightness of titanium. Cyrus offers at least six other versions. These are produced either in 18k white or rose gold, or a combination of gold and titanium parts. There are also some models with DLC black-coated titanium parts.
All versions of the Cyrus Klepcys 46mm are limited editions, and each version is limited to just 33 pieces, save for the 18k white gold with black DLC titanium 539.002.A (limited to 88 pieces). This is a very unconventional watch that is going to be uniquely enjoyable to collectors of rare, complicated timepieces. I feel very lucky to have worn and shown off one of these – especially when seeing people struggle over understanding the dial.
Symmetry is a quality I often refer to with watch design. For example, the harmony conferred with a bi-compax dial is sublime. It delivers a notable balance which invariably elicits words of praise from my direction.
With the Cyrus Klepcys Solo Tempo, Cyrus imbues a case design with a degree of symmetry, granting a balanced appearance and a handsome mien. The case includes a normal winding crown on the right hand flank of the case while also featuring a similarly designed faux crown on the left hand side of the case. While the left hand crown serves no functional role it does grant the case with an agreeable appearance.
Beyond the black sapphire crystal, a black skeleton main-plate can be seen. The main-plate does not afford views through the movement but does grant an unusual, mechanical dialscape with a structural quality to its form.
The hour and minute hands are partly lined with luminescent treatment and partly open-worked near the fulcrum of the hands. A lithe central sweep seconds hand features a red tip and virtually kisses the minuterie as it circumnavigates the dial.
Each hour is denoted with a triangular index, again featuring luminescent treatment. The minuterie is delivered in red and white hues with each 5-minute integer proclaimed with Arabic numerals.
Despite its smoked black sapphire crystal and absence of a conventional dial, the Klepcys Solo Tempo remains simple to read. Indeed, it is the absence of other dial indications which sidesteps any potential clutter that could otherwise mar ease of interpretation.
The case is formed of titanium, steel and DLC coating. This has a tendency to mitigate the perceived sense of scale. However, there is no escaping the fact that this is a generously proportioned watch, measuring 46mm in diameter.
Despite the scale of the Cyrus Klepcys Solo Tempo, wearing it did not prove a problem as the lugs are comparatively short and the strap is designed to sit perpendicular to the case-back. Indeed, I found this timepiece to be very comfortable, but concede some smaller wrists may be overwhelmed by its sheer bulk.
The crown on the right hand side of the case is used for winding and time-setting, while the crown on the left hand side is merely for decoration. There may be some readers who argue that the faux crown is superfluous but it does introduce a becoming symmetry to the design which I find very likeable.
I have grown accustomed to viewing movements via exhibition case-backs with a loupe in hand. Sadly, the case-back is solid which I found a little disappointing.
The self-winding CYR1015 has been produced in partnership with Jean-François Mojon. Monsieur Mojon needs little introduction, he has been responsible for crafting movements for Czapek, HYT, Harry Winston, MB&F, MCT et al. It would appear that Cyrus has joined some illustrious company when using the services of Jean-François Mojon and his company Chronode.
The Cyrus Klepcys Solo Tempo is a handsome watch which does not follow the pack but delivers a wholly new aesthetic. As you will be able to ascertain from reading this article, I clearly like the appearance of this watch but I concede that its individualistic design and scale may not be to everyone’s taste.
Cyrus has successfully recognised the public’s desire for symmetrical detail, harnessed this and suffused this into an unusual and individual design.
Beyond the aesthetic appearance of the Cyrus Klepcys Solo Tempo is a movement produced in partnership with one of the leading watchmaking talents, Jean-François Mojon and his company Chronode.
While the crown on the left flank of the case may be faux, this is not a metaphor for the watch. Indeed, the Klepcys Solo Tempo is the real deal, delivering an array of attributes housed within an interesting case.
The Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde is the latest creation from the Le Locle based brand and its inspirational master watchmaker, Jean-François Mojon. After previously reviewing the brand’s Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon and falling for its charms, Carl Eady was keen to review another of the Swiss marque’s distinctive creations.
Jean-François Mojon grew up in a small village not far from Le Locle. His father was a watchmaker and proved a source of inspiration to Mojon. From a young age, he was fascinated with the creation of movements, so it was perhaps inevitable that he would choose a career in the watch industry. He studied for a Diploma in Engineering and Microtechnology in Le Locle. Thereafter, Mojon went on to work for brands within the Swatch Group, before becoming the Technical Director of IWC. Ultimately, his overriding ambition led him to form his own company, Chronode, in 2005.
Initially, Chronode specialised in developing movements equipped with exceptional complications. The firm, based in Le Locle, has built an enviable list of clients, including Czapek, Hermès, HYT, MB&F and many others. Many of these collaborations have seen Mojon and his clients win prestigious awards. Indeed, he won the ‘Best Watchmaker Prize’ at GPHG 2010.
Since 2011, Mojon and Chronode have worked in collaboration with Cyrus, assuming responsibility for the production of the watch brand’s creations. In so doing, Mojon has created a unique design language, including multi-layered dials and cushion-shaped cases. The brand’s distinctive dual crown designs provide a further point of differentiation as well as delivering a pleasing symmetry. Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde timepieces tend to be eye-catching and predominantly feature cases measuring 45mm or more, making them ideally suited for the more adventurous collector.
The Swiss firm’s latest creation, the Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde , was requested by the brand’s well-travelled Managing Director, Walter Ribaga. Its design is thoroughly modern, yet upholds the design language that Cyrus fans have come to love. It is spectacular but also practical, both in form and function. Its comparatively restrained dimensions of 42mm subscribe to present-day trends, while the user-friendly dual time zone function ably fulfils the needs of today’s international traveller.
The Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde subscribes to the brand’s ‘tried and tested’ cushion-shaped case design but, as stated earlier, it has been pared back to 42mm. The case has been made considerably thinner and now measures 13.9mm. Fashioned from lightweight Grade 5 titanium, the housing is a wonderful exhibition of contrasts, mixing high grade polishing with fine brushwork. Each elongated lug is accompanied by a deep recess, reinforcing the model’s contemporary persona. The sense of symmetry is conferred by the ‘twin crowns’ positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock, a stylish trademark common to all Cyrus creations. The sapphire glass, positioned to the front and rear, has been treated with anti-reflective coating, bestowing superb views of the wizardry within.
The dial of the Klepcys GMT Retrograde is comprised of multiple layers, delivering a wonderful three-dimensional appearance. A sapphire disc forms the upper layer, it is adorned with luminescent Arabic numerals and features the Cyrus moniker, presented in a contemporary font, at 12 o’clock. The rhodium-plated hands are part skeletonised and incorporate a generous application of Super-LumiNova
. The arrow-shaped GMT hand is presented in a prominent shade of royal blue and complements the blue lacquered track of the GMT display. At the 6 o’clock position sits a small seconds display, decorated with a raised triangle pattern and finished in black PVD. Each 5-second marker is white and luminescent, while a helix-shaped hand, also the brand’s logo, imparts meaning. Perhaps the most extraordinary feature in the display is the upper plate. Originating from the 6 o’clock position, its arms are finished with satin and microbillé finishes and extend to the hour markers positioned at the dial’s periphery, delivering a dramatic sunburst effect. By skeletonising this plate, the beauty of the movement’s gear train is revealed.
To date, the name Cyrus is inextricably linked with Mojon, whose credibility is at the heart of each of the brand’s timepieces. To power the Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde, the team created a new in-house calibre, the the self-winding CYR708 comprised of some 278 parts. The movement is a derivative of Chronode’s excellent C102 movement and carries a 5-year guarantee. Visible through the exhibition caseback, the movement features bridges presented in grey anthracite NAC, decorated with a slightly curving sunray motif and embellished with satin and microbillé finishes. The oscillating weight sports fine brushwork and is also skeletonised, giving brief glimpses of the rubies, balance wheel and mirrored screws that sparkle among the movement’s grey canvas. Beating at 4Hz (28,800 vph), the movement will run autonomously for 55 hours once fully wound.
Most watches in the luxury world are paired with alligator straps. Personally, I find it refreshing to see some that some brands are now favouring environmentally and ethically sourced alternatives. For the Klepcys GMT Retrograde, Cyrus has selected a caoutchouc (natural rubber) strap. Sitting neatly between the lugs, the jet-black strap sports the Cyrus logo and is secured with a folding clasp.
In my opinion, Cyrus is one of the most exciting independent watch brands of recent years, often delighting watch aficionados by pushing horological boundaries. Its designs have a healthy appreciation for traditional watchmaking techniques but merge that respect with innovative movements and daring design.
There is a palpable sense of passion which pervades the Cyrus brand and the models it makes. The GMT Retrograde proves no exception. The design is eye-catching, modern and unique, all highly admirable qualities and attributes which Cyrus has repeatedly demonstrated since its foundation in 2010. Furthermore, the firm’s highly skilled team have combined said attributes with exceptional practicality. Indeed, the Cyrus Klepcys GMT Retrograde is comfortable, legible and simple to understand. By adding this new model to the Cyrus portfolio, the brand’s extraordinary appeal has been elevated, potentially enticing new buyers to this fascinating marque.
Cyrus watches are characterized by a bold style which makes them immediately recognizable. Behind the avant-garde design, there are innovative mechanical movements that Jean-Francois Mojon, one of the most talented contemporary master watchmakers, creates in cooperation with his collaborators.
This is clearly evident when you handle the Cyrus Klepcys Moon, a timepiece featuring an innovative system to display the time, the date and the moonphases which render its three-dimensional dial particularly eye-catching.
The patented mechanism governs the speed of the wheels of the hours (retrograde), minutes and seconds. In particular, the unusually-shaped hour hand accomplishes retrograde movement over a 180° arch of the dial’s circumference. Small cubes with painted sides rotate, changing colour to distinguish daytime hours (in yellow) from night-time ones (in blue).
Embellished with the Cyrus Klepcys Moon logo at the central fixing point, the two concentric disks respectively show the minutes on the outside with Arabic numerals on a scale of 5, and the seconds on the inside on a scale of 10. This unique system makes it possible to read off the linear time accurately at a glance.
The large date has been placed on a grooved arch between 12 and 4. The units from 1 to 9 are static, whilst the tens, engraved on a cube-shaped indicator, are mobile. When the tens reach the number nine, it becomes retrograde and rotates through 90°, making way for the next ten digits.
The moon phases are displayed in a spectacular way. Set at 5 o’clock, a rose gold sphere with a diameter of 6 mm helps underscore the 3D architecture of the dial, rendered even more realistic by the images of the craters on its surface. A black cover gradually covers the moon, showing the positions of its cycle in relation to Earth. When the cover is total, the propeller-like symbol of the Cyrus Klepcys Moon logo is revealed.
Enriched by various finishes and colours, this dial is like a small world, rich of details to explore.
Available in limited editions in rose gold, rose gold and titanium black DLC, and white gold and titanium black DLC, the Cyrus Klepcys Moon features a cushion-shaped case (47 mm in diameter) characterized by two functional crowns: the one at 3 o’clock manages the date with a push-button, the other at 9 o’clock adjusts the time in two directions and winds the movement.
These functions are powered by the 4 Hz (28,800 vph) CYR598 calibre, an automatic movement designed and produced in the company’s own Manufacture comprising no less than 390 parts and offering a power reserve of 40 hours.
The caseback is embellished with a copy, in 18 carat rose gold, of a coin first minted in 2500 B.C. during the reign of Cyrus the Great, with effigies of the lion and the bull. Cyrus owns an original of these coins.
Cyrus is launching today the Cyrus Klepcys DICE, an innovative chronograph whose peculiarities are well explained by its acronym DICE which stands for Double Independent Chronograph Evolution.
Capable of measuring two short intervals independently, this timepiece is an evolution of the traditional chronograph.
It should not be confused with the rattrapante chronograph. In fact, while the rattrapante can measure two events that start simultaneously but end at different times or indicate an intermediate elapsed time, the Cyrus Klepcys DICE can measure elapsed times even with different starting times. This occurs, as an example, in races like marathons or biathlons where the starting time can be different for every runner, or in car rallies, where it is common to use two independent chronographs.
In 1873 watchmaker Arnold Frankfeld registered the development of his ‘Double-Stop Movements’ at the New York patent office but other than that there are no reports of other double independent chronographs made available in the market.
Cyrus was the ideal company to develop such an innovation thanks to its independence, production autonomy and unique watchmaking know-how. The mastermind behind this concept is Jean-François Mojon, one of the most ingenious and respected watchmakers of our time (you can read our interview here).
Moreover, the cushion-shaped case of the Klepcys, with its two symmetrical crowns at 3 and 9 o’clock, was simply perfect to house such a technical solution.
Measuring 42 mm in diameter and 16.5 mm of height, the watch guarantees water-resistance up to a pressure of 10 ATM (approximately 100 metres / 330 feet).
Available in two 50-piece limited editions in Grade 5 titanium or black DLC Grade 5 titanium, the case alternates polished, satin-brushed and sandblasted surfaces.
The twin crowns are equipped with a pusher that sets the three chronograph functions (start/stop/reset). Decorated with the brand’s helix logo, they are distinguished by either a red or blue anodised aluminium ring to instantly recognize which of the two chronograph mechanisms they activate.
The open-worked dial showcases fascinating glimpses of the mechanics including wheels, levers and the two column wheels, in bright red and electric blue lacquer, placed at 12 and 6 o’clock.
At 3 o’clock, the 30-minute chronograph counter is equipped with two vertically aligned hands, also in bright red and electric blue lacquer.
The same bright red and electric blue colour scheme is used for the two central seconds hands, each measuring a different length and, at 3 o’clock, the 30-minute chronograph counter. Thanks to the bold colours, reading the two elapsed times is instantaneous.
These hands differ in length is because they track the seconds on a slightly convex flange printed with two parallel scales graduated every 5 seconds and picked out in red and blue. Mirroring the motion of the hands on the 30-minute counter, the longer red central seconds hand measures time on the outermost scale and returns to zero at 12 o’clock; the shorter blue hand tracks the innermost blue scale and returns to zero at 6 o’clock.
Like the counter at 3 o’clock, the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock is made in smoked sapphire crystal. The rhodium-plated microbeaded helix is decorated with circular satin finish and a luminescent tip.
The outer sapphire crystal ring is anti-reflective and features Arabic numerals in relief with white Super-LumiNova that emits a blue glow. The sapphire ring, with its bevelled and polished profile, is cut to make room for the chronograph counter, the small seconds and the two column wheels.
Sealed with customised screws with the Maison’s three-armed helix logo, the transparent caseback showcases the 443-component self-winding CYR718 calibre and its open-worked monobloc rotor engraved with the motto “The Conquest of Innovation” and adorned with an 18k 4N gold helix.
Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, this exclusive manufacture movement offers a power reserve of 60 hours delivered by a single barrel.
A special system of insulation ensures precision measurement for the duration of the event. This way, the shocks generated by the activation of chronograph levers have no repercussions on the display of the functions. The two chronographs function independently without exerting any influence on one another.
The motion work mechanism that carries the hours and minutes hands is usually composed of several gears placed on different rotational axes but in this model this approach was not an option due to the dual chronograph complication. To free up as much space as possible, Mojon came up with a concentric mechanism for the motion work making the mechanism more compact and coaxial to the axes of the hands.
Matched to a grey cordura fabric or a black rubber strap with with a folding clasp in same material of the case, the new Cyrus Klepcys DICE Double Chronograph in titanium (ref. 539.508.TT.A) and black DLC titanium (ref. 539.508.DD.A) have prices of USA 300