Independent Swiss watch brand Cyrus Geneva has introduced the Klepcys Dice timepiece to its Klepcys collection.
Even if you don’t believe in it, evolution is a pretty cool concept. The idea that things change, based on external factors, to become increasingly better suited to their environment is fascinating, and the notion doesn’t just apply to finches and marine iguanas. Almost anything can be innovated upon, improved, adapted and tweaked for the good, even timepieces.
The new Klepcys Dice chronograph from Cyrus Geneva is a great example. Named for the acronym of Klepcys Double Independent Chronograph Evolution, the new watch, available in two models and limited to just 50 units a piece, is an intriguing evolution of the brand’s traditional chronograph.
An innovative technical development, master watchmaker Jean-François Mojon has transformed the original into a double chronograph capable of measuring two short intervals of time independently or in synchrony. However, it should not be confused with the rattrapante version, where the two hands track the time of two events that start simultaneously but end at different times or indicate an intermediate elapsed time.
The first report of a double independent chronograph dates back to 1873, when watchmaker Arnold Frankfeld registered the development of his ‘Double-Stop Movements’ at the New York patent office. Since then there are very few examples of this innovation, until now.
The bold and distinctive three-dimensional architecture that houses the atypical layouts of all Cyrus watches is only possible using cutting-edge technical solutions that ensure excellent levels of reliability and precision. Powered by an exceptional self-winding manufacture movement, the new Klepcys Dice is equipped with an unprecedented double independent monopusher chronograph, the motivation for which comes directly from the world of sports with which Cyrus has a very special relationship, being the official timekeeper and watch partner of the Uralkali Haas Formula 1 Team.
The result of a deep reflection on the role of timing in sports competitions, the Klepcys Dice chronograph can measure the times between two consecutive runners or racing drivers. The new timepiece comes in a distinctive 26-part cushion-shaped case, which, with a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 16.5 mm, is water-resistant to 10 ATM/100 m. Available in polished grade 5 titanium or black DLC grade 5 titanium, the case undergoes various finishings, alternating polished, satin-brushed and sandblasted surfaces. The case back is sealed with customised screws with the Maison’s three-armed helix logo.
The twin crowns are equipped with a pusher that sets the three chronograph functions (start/stop/reset). Both are fully functional and embellished with the brand’s helix logo and distinguished by either a red or blue anodised aluminium ring to select which chronograph is going to be activated. The hallmark rubber ring, which ensures a better grip of the crown when winding or setting the time, also makes an appearance on the Klepcys Dice.
Thanks to the signature open-worked architecture, the prestigious mechanics that power the new model command centre stage on the dial. The two column wheels are highlighted on the dial; picked out in bright red and electric blue lacquer, they are placed at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The unusual arrangement of the chronograph mechanism on the dial side reveals the motion of the finely decorated wheels, levers and gears mounted on a double mainplate with a black microbeaded PVD treatment.
A host of sapphire crystal elements on the dial offer an unhindered view of this extraordinary calibre. The large sapphire crystal ring corresponding to the time 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.
The dimensions of the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the counter corresponding to the two independent chronographs at 3 o’clock are generous to enhance legibility. Both counters are crafted in smoked sapphire crystal and fixed to a bridge carved in the shape of Cyrus’s logo. The rhodium-plated microbeaded helix is decorated with circular satin finish and doubles up as an original seconds hand with a luminescent tip.
The 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock – the star function of Klepcys Dice – is equipped with two vertically aligned hands in red and blue for improved legibility, while the independent hands track a graduated scale with markers at 15 and 30 minutes in alternating red and blue. The same red and blue colour scheme is used for the two central seconds hands, each measuring a different length, to better track the seconds on a slightly convex flange printed with two parallel scales graduated every five 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.
The meticulous attention to detail on the dial of the new model extends to the reverse side of the case and include an embossed sunray pattern, bridges displayed with satin-brushed and polished surfaces, and an open-worked monobloc rotor in a galvanic grey NAC coating and a sunray finish. The rotor is engraved with the motto “The Conquest of Innovation” and adorned with an 18k 4N gold helix.
The new Klepcys Dice is presented with a grey Cordura fabric strap with a titanium folding clasp to match the case material and is delivered with an additional black rubber strap.
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