Swiss luxury watchmaking atelier Kross Studio presents KS 05 Titanium Black Meteorite, a unique timepiece exclusively created for Chronopassion Paris.
A new member of the brand’s ground breaking KS 05 collection, this one-of-a-kind wristwatch has a 45 mm diameter brushed titanium case housing a rare Gibeon meteorite dial.
The KS 05 collection showcases Kross Studio’s passion for exceptional engineering with its striking and uniquely constructed movement. Each KS 05 timepiece houses the Caliber KS’7005, the world’s first manual-winding central floating tourbillon.
Comprising 220 components and 27 jewels, this movement operates at a frequency of 21,600 bph (beats per hour), or 3 Hz, and boasts a power reserve of 120 hours or 5 days.
The diameter of the barrel, wider than the watch’s radius, is placed on the central axis of the movement and the tourbillon sits atop it, offering a sublime view of its intricate mechanics. The barrel, the tourbillon cage, and the balance wheel are all co-axial, ensuring smooth operation.
The floating tourbillon, a feat of horological prowess, showcases a cage crafted from grade 5 titanium, chosen for its high strength and lightweight. The result is an ultra lightweight tourbillon cage that weighs a mere 0.488g.
The time display mechanism operates peripherally, working around the barrel and the tourbillon mechanism. The peripheral display orbits 360 degrees around the tourbillon, and the reduction ratio between the hour and minute is achieved through a planetary system mounted on two ceramic ball bearings.
The unique KS 05 Black Meteorite case is made from Grade 5 titanium, a biocompatible material that surpasses stainless steel in terms of strength and durability.
Devoid of lugs or edges, the KS 05 case exhibits a sleek, seamless, and ergonomically optimized profile. Instead of a visible crown at 3 o’clock, Kross Studio opted for a clever D-ring crown integrated into the case back, which enables winding and time adjustments without disrupting the watch’s clean lines.
Moreover, the case incorporates a one-click interchangeable strap system, hidden on the case back, which allows the wearer to swap and update their watch strap with ease. The minimalist design of the case drives all focus to the watch’s heart – its movement – demonstrating the Kross Studio ethos of placing engineering and craftsmanship at the forefront of its designs.
The domed crystal of the KS 05 provides an unobstructed, panoramic view of the watch’s inner workings. Its oversized diameter allows the viewer to appreciate the full breadth and complexity of the meticulously crafted movement and the dial rehaut from all angles.
The crystal also receives Kross Studio’s full technical consideration, with numerous treatments applied to promote crystalline legibility in all conditions while protecting the precious watch movement it encases.
The domed crystal receives an anti-reflective coating on both its exterior and interior, and Kross Studio also applied anti-UV and anti-static treatments to the crystal interior.
The unique Chronopassion KS 05 edition features a dial of Gibeon meteorite – a rare interstellar mineral years in the making, polished to a subtle sheen to showcase the stone’s unique octahedrite iron pattern.
The outer dial is affixed directly onto the case. Its design and position offer a seamless aesthetic transition from the case to the watch’s interior, drawing the eye towards its groundbreaking central floating tourbillon.
The intermediate dial is mounted on top of the movement, specifically on the fixed hour wheel. It serves as a harmonious bridge between the outer dial and the heart of the watch.
The inner dial, designed with an opening at 9 o’clock, is fixed onto the main plate of the movement.
Positioned beneath the floating tourbillon and the time display mechanism, this innovative dial design allows a clear view onto the gear train and sets a captivating backdrop for the tourbillon, adding depth and setting a visual stage to display the watch’s meticulous engineering.
The new KS 05 Titanium Black Meteorite is limited to just a single piece, available only at Chronopassion Paris.
Model: Kross Studio KS 05 Titanium Black Meteorite, Unique Piece
Calibre KS 7’005
Manual-winding movement with central floating tourbillon
Frequency: 21’600 bph / 3 Hz
Power Reserve: 5 days
Grade 5 titanium
Lug width: 20mm
Dome-shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass
Water resistance: 30m or 3ATM
Each timepiece comes with two customized sets of straps
Grade 5 titanium clasp
Suggested retail price