The New Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire from Cyrus Genève marks the brand’s ten year anniversary in true style.
It’s amazing the global impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had, not just on the economy and the health of the world’s population, but also by putting a halt to every-day celebrations. We all know a lad that missed an important milestone, a birthday that won’t ever be repeated, perhaps a wedding day that had to be postponed, or a graduation that wasn’t to be.
So it was with watch brand Cyrus Genève, which marked its 10th anniversary last year with a collection of just ten Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire timepieces, which it has now released a year after the fact.
Continuing on the innovation of the first edition of the Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon, created by master-watchmaker Jean-François Mojon in 2018, the new timepiece showcases its innovative manual winding movement as well as its striking tourbillon cage, which is placed in the middle of the dial and is set on a vertical axis at a 90-degree 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.
For the first time, enhancing the beauty of this surprising mechanism, Cyrus Genève has created unique 3D open-worked architecture that includes a transparent sapphire crystal case that allows a complete view of the movement from all angles. Composed of 29 parts, including a 44mm case body with lugs, bezel, and case back ring in sapphire crystal, this limited-release has been redesigned to hide a maximum of fasteners, screws and steel elements.
The transparency of the case also highlights the 18K 4N gold arch, inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s self-supporting bridge, which symmetrically divides the hours and minutes indications. Due to this layout, the Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon Sapphire shows the jumping retrograde hours on a left black microbeaded arch with luminescent Arabic numerals while the sweeping retrogade minutes are read off on the right arch. Hour and minute hands are also covered with Super-LumiNova for better legibility in dark light conditions, while the seconds are visible on the tourbillon cage thanks to small numbered plates on a 5-second interval scale.
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 power reserve (1-4), while the CYRUS logo is set at 6 o’clock.
This original 3D structure is protected by a tailor-made sapphire crystal glass which is domed and anti-reflective, with a thickness of 1.2mm. Thanks to its transparent nature and exclusive open-worked dial, all the features of the in-house manufacture hand-wound movement, calibre CYR625, beating at 21.600 vph and offering over 100-hour power reserve, can be admired in full.
The “beating heart” of the new timepiece can also be seen from the case back, where the bridges, presented in grey thanks to an NAC galvanic treatment, are decorated with an embossed sunray pattern and have a micro beaded satin finish that contrasts with the polished finish of the edges.
The two parallel barrels have black lacquered ratchet-wheels adorned with Cyrus’ signature propeller-like logo, while the sapphire crystal ring that secures the case back with customised screws is engraved with the inscription “10 years CYRUS – Est. 2010”.
This new timepiece is completed with a white rubber strap featuring a new embossed prism pattern and is fitted with a 18K 4N gold folding buckle embellished with the Cyrus logo.
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