Cyrus Offers a Fresh Perspective on the Classic Tourbillon
The young and dynamic independent Cyrus Manufacture, based in Le Locle, expands its collection with the 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 optimizing its performance in precision.
Spectacular and refined, the new 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 beveled, 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 1.2mm.
To the right, a DLC black arch decorated with microbillage shows a scale running from 0 to 60 at five-second intervals. It is embellished with a 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 recognized in many Cyrus models. The bridges are microbillé with a dark grey NAC galvanic treatment, and the edges are beveled 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 color to the finished item. Nothing has been left to chance!
Every component of the hand-winding manufacture movement, caliber 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.
Star of the Show
The “beating heart” of the Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon can also be seen from the caseback. 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 44mm, 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 rose gold and a two-tone version in 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 rose gold features a brown alligator leather strap, with a gold buckle.