Inspired by the uncompromising demands of sports timing at the highest levels of motorsports, the incredible Klepcys DICE is a truly exceptional high octane wristwatch by Cyrus of Geneva, which combines powerful aesthetics with profound technical complexity. Boasting an in-house designed and developed self winding movement the Klepcys DICE features two independently operated chronographs, whose sophisticated mechanics are laid bare on a dialside display of high tech contemporary haute horlogerie.
An independent Geneva based company established in 2010, Cyrus is a brand renowned for its groundbreaking innovations. Under the leadership of one of the most respected master watchmakers of our time, Jean-François Mojon, Cyrus watches have continuously pushed the parameters of mechanical watchmaking with their daring designs and novel complications.
Its name an acronym derived from the in-house designed and manufactured Double Independent Chronograph Evolution, the Klepcys DICE is a watch which offers an entirely new interpretation of the chronograph. Featuring not one, but two identical integrated chronograph mechanisms, the DICE allows the user to time two separate events simultaneously, using a simple but ingenious red and blue colour-coded solution which makes the two displays of lapsed time intuitively easy to operate and read at a glance.
The elaborate off-square cushion style case of Grade 5 titanium is constructed with no fewer than 26 components. Lightweight and extremely durable, the DICE measures a wrist friendly 42mm across and stands 16.5mm in height. With opposing crowns at the three and nine o’clock positions, the watch has a strikingly symmetric design which extends from the case to under the sapphire crystal and onto the dial.
Distinguished by a red or blue collar which correlates to the two chronograph indicators on the dial, at the centre of each crown is a monopusher, through which the start/stop/reset modes for the chronographs are operated independently.
Beneath the gentle convex curvature of the sapphire crystal, an openworked sapphire dial reveals a three dimensional view of the extraordinary mechanism within, which features a column wheel at the twelve and another at the six, in red and blue respectively.
A press on the three o’clock crown sets both the chrono seconds hands in motion, along with the 30-minute chrono counter which is displayed on a sapphire disc at the three o’clock. As the second timed event begins, the nine o’clock pusher begins the count of the blue hand from the six o’clock position, and with both hands measuring different times, the seconds are read off the grey rehaut around the dial, which is marked with red and blue references. If it sounds, complicated, it is complicated – technically, but the use of the colour coding makes usability easy.
The hours and minutes are displayed with steel hands which have a luminous application towards their ends. The arabic numerals which seem to float on their sapphire dial are also done in Super LumiNova which like the hands, glow a light blue in the dark. The small seconds are indicated with a rotating three-armed Cyrus motif on the subdial at the nine.
On the underside, a sapphire exhibition caseback reveals the detailing and finishing of the self winding CRY718 movement. Entirely designed, developed and manufactured in-house by Jean-François Mojon, it comprises some 446 individual components, and features a skeletonised rotor with an 18ct gold medallion, and boasts a minimum of sixty hours power reserve while beating at 28’800 vib/h.
Inside, and visible also through the sapphire caseback, the self-winding Calibre CRY718 is a fully in house designed and developed movement, and is the work of Jean-François Mojon, an award-winning Master Watchmaker, renowned across the industry as one of the great technical innovators and conceptualists of fine contemporary watchmaking.
Beating at a brisk 28’800 vib/hour and deriving a power reserve of 55 hours from its single barrel, the movement features anthracite NAC bridges and plates with a sunray effect radiating across their surfaces, with a similar working on the skeletonised oscillating weight, giving the movement and indeed the entire piece a dark and brooding veneer.
Available in two limited editions of fifty examples each, in titanium or black DLC titanium, the Cyrus Klepcys DICE is a truly spectacular piece of modern haute horological art.
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