Cyrus Adds Flavor to its Innovate Double Chronograph
Inspired by timing demands for sporting competitions, Klepcys DICE (an acronym for Double Independent Chronograph Evolution) is an innovative Double Independent Monopusher Chronograph. First introduced in 2021 by Cyrus Genève and its in-house manufacture in Le Locle (Switzerland), the Klepcys DICE now sports a new look in the form of the Klepcys DICE Lime.
The functions of the new Klepcys DICE Lime make it a one-off in the vast landscape of contemporary watchmaking. Like its predecessor, it is equipped with two independent monopusher chronographs for measuring two short intervals of time independently or in synchrony, all housed in a single self-winding mechanical movement. Jean-François Mojon is one of the 21st century’s greatest watchmakers, and the creative mastermind behind Cyrus Genève collections since the brand was first founded in 2010. This unprecedented, complex caliber is his brainchild, and it is ushering in a new generation of chronographs.
The first reports of a double independent chronograph date back to 1873, when American watchmaker Arnold Frankfeld registered a similar mechanism at New York’s patent office. Designed for a pocket watch, the architecture of the movement was, however, altogether different to the caliber which powers the Klepcys DICE.
Right from the very outset, Cyrus Genève watches have seamlessly combined bold architecture with innovative, unconventional mechanics. The result is a unique, exclusive style that is instantly associated with the brand.
The hallmark feature of Cyrus Genève’s Klepcys timepieces is the iconic cushion-shaped case with elongated lugs on the case body, a three-dimensional bezel with rounded corners, and symmetrical twin crowns. Assembly of the case is a complex process involving no less than 26 polished and satin-finish parts.
The Klepcys DICE Lime comes in two versions, crafted from natural grade 5 titanium with a polished/satin finish, or a black DLC treatment. Just 10 pieces are available for each version. Given the amount of space occupied by the unusual caliber, with two mainplates and as many chronographic modules, the size is actually limited, with a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 16.5 mm. The thinner bezel has been slightly adjusted to make more room for the dial and enhance legibility. Titanium is a hard-wearing, extremely lightweight material that makes this model, waterproof to 10 ATM, extremely comfortable to wear.
The 3D architecture of the open-worked display is key in all the Swiss Maison’s watches. It is a mediated approach, and designed to allow the chronograph mechanism to be seen in action from the dial side, from which the two column wheels are clearly visible.
The elapsed times recorded by the two chronographs can be read off at a glance, thanks to the two-color scheme which Cyrus Genève has adopted in dazzling green and intense yellow. Both hues feature on the two hands of the chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, on the double-scale flange around the dial, on the column wheels and the respective crowns. The chrono minute and second hands are specular. The first chronograph is picked out in green; the crown set at 3 o’clock starts, stops and resets it to 12 o’clock. The second chronograph is set with the pusher on the crown at 9 o’clock; it is highlighted in yellow, and resets to 6 o’clock.
The open-work luminescent hands are rhodium plated. They indicate the time on a beveled, anti-reflective sapphire crystal ring with raised Arabic numerals, also luminescent, which emit a blue glow. The transparency also ensures an unhindered view of the breathtaking movement that powers this model. The small seconds are placed at 9, with an original hand which recalls the Maison’s logo: a three-armed helix with a luminescent tip.
The look of the Klepcys DICE Lime has received an upgrade. The chrono counter and small seconds are both crafted in anti-reflective sapphire crystal with markers and profiles in green. The bridges above the respective counters are lacquer-finished in the same shade. The color elements are all combined with skill, making for a dial which is aesthetically pleasing.
To round off the style of the new Klepcys DICE Lime, Cyrus Genève has opted for a green Cordura fabric strap with a titanium folding clasp to match the case. The watch is delivered with an additional soft black rubber strap.