Independent Swiss watch brand CYRUS Geneva presents KLEPCYS DICE, a new entrant into the Klepcys collection. DICE stands for Double Independent Chronograph Evolution.
A technically advanced progression of the traditional chronograph, DICE houses a singer-pusher double independent chronograph mechanism driven by a self-winding movement developed by master watchmaker, Jean-François Mojon.
The origins for double independent chronograph date back to 1873, when watchmaker Arnold Frankfeld registered the development of his ‘Double-Stop Movements’ at the New York patent office.
CYRUS KLEPCYS DICE is capable of measuring two short intervals independently. Its Double Independent Chronograph function is not similar as rattrapante (split-seconds chronograph), where the two hands track the time of two events that start simultaneously but end at different times or indicate an intermediate elapsed time.
With a diameter of 42 mm and a thickness of 16.5 mm, the distinctive 26-part cushion-shaped case is water-resistant to 10 ATM/100 m. Available in polished grade 5 titanium or black DLC grade 5 titanium, the case features alternating polished, satin-brushed and sandblasted surfaces. The case back is secured with customised screws with the Maison’s three-armed helix logo.
The twin crowns are equipped with a pusher that sets the three chronograph functions (start/stop/reset). Both are fully functional and embellished with the brand’s helix logo and distinguished by either a red or blue anodised aluminium ring to select which chronograph is going to be activated. The hallmark rubber ring to ensure a better grip of the crown when winding or setting the time is also featured on the KLEPCYS DICE.
Thanks to the open-worked architecture, the prestigious mechanics that powers KLEPCYS DICE command centre stage on the dial.
The two column wheels are highlighted on the dial. Picked out in bright red and electric blue lacquer, they are placed at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The unusual arrangement of the chronograph mechanism on the dial side reveals the motion of the finely decorated wheels, levers and gears mounted on a double mainplate with a black microbeaded PVD treatment.
A host of sapphire crystal elements on the dial offer an unhindered view of this extraordinary calibre. The large sapphire crystal ring corresponding to the time is anti-reflective and features Arabic numerals in relief with white Super-LumiNova that emits a blue glow. The sapphire ring, with its bevelled and polished profile, is cut to make room for the chronograph counter, the small seconds and the two column wheels.
The dimensions of the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the counter corresponding to the two independent chronographs at 3 o’clock are generous to enhance legibility.
Both counters are crafted in smoked sapphire crystal and fixed to a bridge carved in the shape of Cyrus’s logo. The rhodium-plated microbeaded helix is decorated with circular satin finish and doubles up as an original seconds hand with a luminescent tip.
The 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock – the star function of KLEPCYS DICE – is equipped with two vertically aligned hands in red and blue. Thanks to the bold colours, reading the two elapsed times is instantaneous.
The independent hands track a graduated scale with markers at 15 and 30 minutes in alternating red and blue. The same red and blue colour scheme is used for the two central seconds hands, each measuring a different length. The reason that the hands differ in length is because they track the seconds on a slightly convex flange printed with two parallel scales graduated every 5 seconds and picked out in red and blue.
Mirroring the motion of the hands on the 30-minute counter, the longer red central seconds hand measures time on the outermost scale and returns to zero at 12 o’clock; the shorter blue hand tracks the innermost blue scale and returns to zero at 6 o’clock.
Jean-François Mojon is the mastermind behind the new 443-component CYR718 self-winding manufacture calibre powering KLEPCYS DICE.
KLEPCYS DICE is equipped with two independent chronograph movements and two display axes: one corresponds to the chronograph seconds and the second to the 30-minute counter of the double chronograph. The chronographs are activated by two column wheels, which in turn activate the different levers and couplings that move the seconds and 30-minute chronograph display.
The activation of chronograph levers generates considerable shocks and dispersion of energy, especially during the return-to-zero phase when the hammer on the heart cam is activated. Thanks to a special system of insulation, which ensures precision measurements for the duration of the event, these shocks have no repercussions on the display of the functions. In short, the two chronographs function independently without exerting any influence on one another.
The motion work mechanism that carries the hours and minutes hands also required special attention. Conventionally, this mechanism is composed of several gears placed on different rotational axes. However, to free up as much space as possible for the dual chronograph complication, Mojon came up with a concentric mechanism for the motion work. Not only is the mechanism more compact, but it is coaxial to the axes of the hands.
Two main-plates were required for this innovative mechanism. Treated with black microbeaded PVD, the 218 components of the additional module corresponding to the two independent chronographs are mounted on the this two mainplates.
It is worth noting that since the chronograph mechanism is visible on the dial side, the movement has been reversed. Its symmetrical design offers a fascinating view of the two column wheels that are the “heart” of this complication.
Automatic calibre CYR718 beats at 28,800 vibrations/hour and is equipped with a single barrel offering 60 hours of autonomy at full charge. Furthermore, the balance wheel is protected by an Incabloc shock protection system.
The meticulous attention to detail on the dial of the KLEPCYS DICE extends to the reverse side of the case. Thanks to a sapphire glass case back, the decorative flourishes on the NAC-treated bridges can be admired.
Decorated with an embossed sunray pattern, the bridges display satin-brushed and polished surfaces. The design of the open-worked monobloc rotor is new and features a galvanic grey NAC coating and a sunray finish. The rotor is engraved with the motto “The Conquest of Innovation” and adorned with an 18k 4N gold helix.
KLEPCYS DICE is presented with a grey Cordura fabric strap with a titanium folding clasp to match the case material and is delivered with an additional black rubber strap.
KLEPCYS DICE” is presented in two different versions in limited editions of 50 pieces each.
Model: CYRUS KLEPCYS DICE
Ref. 539.508.TT.A: Polished titanium
Ref. 539.508.DD.A: Black DLC titanium
Manufacture self-winding movement, calibre CYR718
Dimensions: 36.00 mm Ø x 11.65 mm thickness
Components: 443 (total – 218 correspond to the chronograph module)
Number of Jewels: 51 (total – 17 correspond to the chronograph module)
Annular balance wheel
Frequency: 4 Hz
Vibrations per hour: 28,800
Swiss lever escapement
Rhodium-plated barrel with snailed ratchet wheel, Cyrus logo and inscription filled with black lacquer
Power reserve: 60 hours
Two micro-beaded black PVD mainplates
Bridges: grey anthracite NAC galvanic treatment, decorated with embossed sunray pattern with satin and microbeaded finishing
New open-worked monobloc rotor with a sunray pattern, engraved with “The Conquest of Innovation”, open-worked central medallion with Cyrus helix logo in 18K 4N gold
Central hours and minutes
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
30-minute counter of the double independent chronograph at 3 o’clock, double hands in red and blue
Two central chronograph hands; red hand resets-to-zero at 12 o’clock, blue hand resets at 6 o’clock
Cushion-shaped case made of 26 parts
Diameter: 42 mm excluding the crowns
Thickness: 16.5 mm
Materials: Polished Grade 5 titanium or Grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment
Crown at 3 o’clock: position 1to wind the movement; position 2 to adjust time + pusher for activation of chronograph No. 1 (start-stop-reset)
Crown at 9 o’clock: pusher to activate chronograph No. 2 (start-stop-reset)
Decoration of crowns: engraved Cyrus logo, black rubber ring embossed with grooves and red anodised aluminium ring on crown at 3 o’clock corresponding to chronograph No. 1; blue anodised aluminium ring at 9 o’clock corresponding to chronograph No. 2
Sapphire crystal on dial side: anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case back: sapphire crystal, sealed with customised screws with Cyrus logo
Engraving “Limited Edition ONE of 50”
Water-resistance: 10 ATM (100 m – 330 ft)
3D open-worked dial
Sapphire crystal hour ring with anti-reflective treatment on both sides, bevelled and polished edges, Arabic numerals with white Super-LumiNova with blue light emissions
Minute markers on black PVD flange placed at 5-minute intervals, treated with white Super-LumiNova with blue glow
Flange with double scale corresponding to chronograph with 5-minute intervals in red and blue
Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock: smoked anti-reflective sapphire crystal, white lacquered Arabic numerals at 15-second intervals surmounted by a micro-blasted rhodium-plated ring, helix small seconds hand with luminescent tip (white Super-LumiNova with blue glow)
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock: smoked anti-reflective sapphire glass, luminescent markers at 5-minute intervals, two hands in red and blue with double indications at 15/30 minutes in same colour corresponding to the two independent chronographs
Lacquered column wheels: red at 12 o’clock and blue at 6 o’clock
Open-worked hour and minute hands, rhodium-plated with polished edges, treated with white Super-LumiNova with blue glow
Central chronograph seconds hands: red hand with reset at 12 o’clock, blue with reset at 6 o’clock
Grey Cordura fabric strap with folding clasp in same material as case, customised with Cyrus logo
Additional black rubber strap
Limited edition of 50 pieces in each case material