Founded in 2010 and based in Le Locle, Cyrus is part of a group, owned by a wealthy Swiss family, which also includes Chronode, a well known manufacture of high-end mechanical movements which collaborates with several famous brands and is recognized for its capability to innovate. The latest creation from Cyrus well illustrates the desire and the capability of the brand to break conventions and explore new watchmaking possibilities. As its name suggests, the Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon features a sophisticated tourbillon and place it in the middle of the dial on a vertical axis. This is a complete first in watchmaking. In fact, the tourbillon is usually positioned horizontally and at 6 o’clock.
The dial of this original timepiece is dominated by an arched vertical bridge (gold or black DLC depending on the version) which is meticulously finished with “microbillage” and bevelled, polished edges. This scenographic element nicely blends with the lines of the case while emphasizing the central tourbillon and its one-minute rotation. Crafted from steel, the tourbillon cage is made of 52 parts and has a total weight of just 0.706 grams.
The solution is aesthetically attractive but the main reason for its adoption is a technical one. In fact, rigorous studies of the Cyrus engineering team revealed that the 90° angle of the tourbillon cage allows it to remain vertical for most of the time over the course of 24 hours. Positioned at this angle, the cage containing the regulating organ – composed by balance wheel, escapement and pallet fork – offsets the negative effects of gravity more effectively, thus improving the accuracy of the watch.
Comprised of 344 parts and 53 jewels, the new hand-wound manufacture movement beats at a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour) and offers a remarkable power reserve of 100 hours, more than four days, thanks to the two parallel barrels. It is housed in a 44 mm cushion shaped case with the typical two crowns, another detail that remarks the perfect symmetry of the Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon. The crown at 3 o’clock adjusts the time and winds the movement, while the crown at 9 o’clock can be pushed to rapidly adjust the hour without interfering with the running of the watch, a very useful feature when travelling.
At 12 o’clock, between the two arches of the tourbillon bridge, a sphere with a diameter of 5 mm indicates the remaining power reserve, expressed in days. This element is visually balanced, in respect of symmetry, by the Cyrus logo at 6 o’clock. Created on a brass base finished with “microbillage” and treated with black DLC, the dial is decorated by a geometric pattern made of small raised triangles and protected by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment.
The sapphire crystal case back offers more details of the hand-made calibre, revealing the tourbillon, part of the gears, and the two barrels with the black lacquered ratchet-wheels representing the Maison’s logo.
The attention that the brand pays to even the smaller details is evidenced by the customised screws bearing the Cyrus symbol.
The Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon is available in three variations, each limited to 38 pieces: a sporty titanium case with black DLC finish (ref. 539.505.DD.A), a two-tone model in rose gold enriched by a black DLC titanium bezel (ref. 539.505.GD.A), and an elegant rose gold version (ref. 539.505.GG.A), with prices of Euro 105,000, Euro 118,000 and Euro 135,000 respectively. Also be sure to check 10 most expensive wrist watches in the world and 25 luxury watch brands for men.