The New Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon Offers Straight Up Transparency
The new skeletonized tourbillon gives a full view of the watch’s mechanics. And what a view it is!
Cyrus launched its first tourbillon, the Klepcys Vertical Tourbillon, just a year ago at Baselworld. We’re all accustomed to seeing tourbillons set flat on the same plane as the dial, but this tourbillon is fully perpendicular to the dial. It's an awesome perspective on the intricate tourbillon’s workings, set firmly in the center of the watch. Having a tourbillon standing upright on a watch gives it a bold, eye-catching presence. It’s fun to watch from the side and the top, with the seconds displayed as the tourbillon cage makes a full rotation in 60 seconds.
Cyrus’ unique name comes from Cyrus the Great, ruler of Babylon, who lived from 600 to 530 BC. According to the brand, “Babylon was a city-state with unique architecture and gathering all the technical and intellectual know-how of its time.” With the Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon, the brand certainly exhibits its technical watchmaking know how to the max.
A Vertical Tourbillon in a Horizontal Watch
With its vertical cage, the Cyrus team found that, "this angle ensures that the tourbillon cage is almost always in a vertical position on the wrist.” It’s an interesting revival, in a sense, of the first tourbillons that were set in pocket watches, patented back at the turn of the 19th century by Abraham-Louis Breguet. Pocket watches were almost always in a vertical position when worn, and the tourbillon, also in an upright position on the same plane as the dial, served to greatly reduce the effect of gravity on the watch’s accuracy.
In the new Cyrus Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon, the tourbillon maintains its straight up position as in the pocket watches of old. But that’s pretty much where the similarities end: the Klepcys is an ultra-modern, even futuristic watch that’s clearly 21st century. The case is cushion-shaped, with crowns both at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, a signature design for the brand. What you’ll find underneath the domed crystal is an evenly symmetrical design from one side to the other, with the tourbillon at the center dividing the two sides of the watch. Retrograde indicators for the minutes and hours are placed in arches on each side, with the seconds easily read on the rotating tourbillon cage.
The da Vinci Influence
Cyrus went further back in time to the 15th century for the design inspiration of the arching vertical bridge. Leonardo da Vinci’s famed self-supporting bridge designs sparked the fluid curves in the tourbillon bridge. Cyrus’ “key objective is to be a dynamic, modern company with a conquering spirit and the courage to take the risks required when looking to the future,” the brand said in a statement. Da Vinci was arguably the most forward-thinking person of his time. Drawing inspiration from his genius-level design fits perfectly with Cyrus’ mission. And it works, beautifully. The watch will be produced in a limited edition of just 15 pieces, with five in rose gold, five in titanium, and five in a combination of rose gold and titanium.
Coming to America!
Cyrus will be bringing the new Klepcys Vertical Skeleton Tourbillon to the US for the first time to Watch Time LA on May 3 and 4. They’ll also have other watches from the collection at the event, so if you want to see the piece up close and personal, this is your chance. Watch Time LA will be held on May 3 and 4 at the Hudson Loft, 1200 South Hope Street. See you there!