Cyrus Watches is joining with the 8th edition of the biannual charity auction of unique timepieces ONLY WATCH to support the research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The charity auction, under the patronage of HSH the Prince of Monaco and at the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque contre les Myophaties, will take place on November 9th 2019 – under the hammer of Christie’s – at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva.
CYRUS –high-end niche brand with its own independent Manufacture in Le Locle (Switzerland), known for the creation of timepieces with original, avant-garde architectures and movements – is participating the charity event with a model featuring the “alarm complication”.
This fascinating and useful complication – rarely found on a wristwatch – is the “soul” of the unique piece “KLEPCYS ALARM” which showcases an eye-catching green olive dial, expressly made for ONLY WATCH.
The creator of the Cyrus KLEPCYS ALARM, a superlatively manufactured watch with an unusual interpretation of the alarm function that incorporates the typical chime of the minute repeater, is Jean-François Mojon, one of today’s most talented master watchmakers and technical manager of Chronode, the in-house Manufacture of the Cyrus Watches Group.
The common element of this exclusive watch, with a modern, bold style that immediately identifies it with the Cyrus brand, is its iconic multi-layer, cushion-shaped steel case with black DLC coating and its double crown (46 mm in diameter without crowns), extremely comfortable on the wrist thanks to its ergonomic construction.
Two crowns have now become a distinctive feature of Cyrus. Usually, both are functional in all the models of the various collections. The KLEPCYS ALARM is an exception to the rule, as only the crown placed at 3 o’clock – highlighted with a green olive rubber ring – is operational, while the one at 9 o’clock is purely aesthetic.
The bezel frames a large, round, three-dimensional green olive dial with the typical decoration of engraved triangular motifs which is rich in indicators and has many details that make it truly unique.
The hour, minute and second hands are slightly off-centre to the left and show the time on an upper arch, with a decoration that recalls vinyl records, and diamond cut applied Arabic numerals, filled with SuperLuminova, mixed with indices. Between 10 and 12 o’clock is a display with a rotating olive green/black disc and customised screws bearing the Cyrus logo that provides the day/night indication of the main time.
The KLEPCYS ALARM also has a secondary dial, between 3 and 6 o’clock for setting the alarm function. Surrounded by two concentric rings, one white with even Arabic numerals on a 24 hour scale and an outer black one indicating the minutes on a scale of 15, it has a central two-tone olive green/black part subdivided by a red line to distinguish the day-time numbers from the night-time ones.
Between 5 and 9 o’clock, the space on the dial is dominated by a large symmetrical opening that makes it possible to see a section of the movement and attracts attention to the alarm hammer. Its particular design recalls the shape of a bell, exhibits a brushed surface and bevelled, polished corners, and is embellished with the CYRUS logo. It strikes various chimes producing harmonious, easily heard notes for a maximum time of 16 seconds.
Setting the alarm is simple and intuitive. Just pull out the crown in first position to rotate the pointers, in either direction, and select the chosen hour on the 24 hour scale, also setting the minutes at intervals of 5. To know if the alarm is active, just check if the small hand with a luminescent triangular tip at 7 o’clock is positioned to ON or OFF, shown in green and red. Simply pressing on the crown at 3 o’clock turns this feature on or off.
The beating heart of the KLEPCYS ALARM is its in-house manufactured hand-winding CYR1280 calibre which ensures a power reserve of 72 hours. The case back is engraved “ONLY WATCH” and its anti-reflective sapphire crystal allows to admire the elegant architecture of the movement. It displays two parallel barrels with the ratchet-wheel embellished with black lacquer and the helix, Cyrus’s symbol. The exclusive winding system, conceived by Jean-François Mojon in collaboration with his team, allows the barrel placed close to the balance wheel to power the main time and the second to provide the energy to the sub-dial that activates the alarm.
In keeping with the tradition of watchmaking art, no detail is overlooked, and also the bridges of the movement are finely finished and decorated with an engraved, curved sunray pattern, brushed and polished, on which the jewels and the mirror-polished screws stand out.
The KLEPCYS ALARM ONLY WATCH is a unique piece completed by a customised black rubber strap with a central groove bearing the Cyrus symbol and a folding clasp that has a mechanism for a simple and quick size setting.
Klepcys Alarm Only Watch
Ref. 539.502.DDG.A – steel with black DLC finish
In-house manufactured hand-winding movement, calibre CYR1280
Dimensions: 34.80 mm Ø x 7.00 mm thickness
Number of parts of the complete movement: 340
Number of jewels: 50
Frequency: 4 Hz
Vibrations per hour: 28,800
Power reserve: 72 hours
Two parallel barrels with black lacquered ratchet-wheel bearing the Cyrus logo
Swiss pallet fork escapement
Annular balance wheel
Bridges: decoration with engraved, slightly curved sunray pattern alternating between polished and brushed effect
Bridge screws with mirror-polished heads
Hours, minutes and seconds slightly decentred to the left of the dial
Day/night indicator between 10 and 12 o’clock
24-hour wakeup/alarm on sub-dial between 3 and 6 o’clock
Alarm chime by means of hammer at 7 o’clock
Duration of alarm chime: 16 seconds
Cushion-shaped case comprised of 26 parts
Diameter: 46 mm, crowns excluded
Thickness: 17.15 mm
Steel with black DLC coating
Crown at 3 o’clock: in position 1 winds the movement, in position 2 sets the time of the secondary dial with alarm function, in position 3 sets the main time. Pressing on the crown activates or deactivates the alarm.
Crown at 9 o’clock: purely aesthetic
Crown decoration: engraved Cyrus logo –olive green caoutchouc rubber ring on the crown at 3 o’clock – black rubber ring on the crown at 9 o’clock
Sapphire crystal on dial: anti-reflective on both sides
Case back: transparent with anti-reflective sapphire crystal, fastened with screws customised with the Cyrus logo, engraved “ONLY WATCH”
Water resistant to 3 ATM (30 m. – 100 ft.)
Dial on a brass base with lacquered finish in olive green colour, decorated with small raised triangles
Arch of the main time decorated with thin grooves that follow its shape
Applied indexes and Arabic numerals, diamond cut, filled with SuperLuminova
Open-worked hour and minute hands with SuperLuminova and central second hand
Day/night indicator of the main time by means of rotating disc in the colours olive green (day) and black (night), fastened with customised screws
Small dial between 3 and 6 o’clock for the wake-up/alarm function on 24 hours and minutes at intervals of 5
Open-worked hour/minute hands with SuperLuminova
2 concentric rings: internal white with 24 hour indication in Arabic numerals
Black external ring with minutes indication on a scale of 15 in Arabic numerals
Central part with two hemispheres divided by a red line respectively coloured olive green (day-time hours) and black (night-time hours)
Hammer of the alarm chime in brushed steel with polished profiles at 7 o’clock that leaves part of the underlying movement visible
Chime ON/OFF indication at 7 o’clock, lacquered green/red, respectively
In black caoutchouc rubber with central groove customised with the Cyrus logo
Folding clasp customised with the Cyrus logo with a mechanism that facilitates setting wrist size