The Cyrus Klepcys DICE Chronograph is rather a lot to absorb without delay. A sporty design belies a horologically vital — if not whimsically extreme — motion that’s the brainchild of one of the prolific watch minds on the market.
Indies are hotter than ever, and it’s gotten more and more extra aggressive for smaller manufacturers to interrupt by way of and get on the radar of fans. One very efficient method to do that is by having an exalted trade veteran (particularly on the motion facet) be a part of the workforce, and that is precisely what Cyrus did by having Jean-Francois Mojon onboarded as its “Grasp Watchmaker.” Mojon is the mastermind behind motion manufacture Chronode, which is accountable for numerous award-winning actions that embody the MB&F Legacy Machine No.1, Harry Winston Opus X, Czapek’s SXH1, and the sadly defunct HYT fluid actions. He additionally received the 2010 GPHG award for “finest unbiased grasp watchmaker.”
I point out these factors earlier than the watch at hand as a result of, frankly, I’m far more acquainted with Mojon’s work than I’m with Cyrus as a model. In actual fact, that is the primary Cyrus watch that I’ve dealt with, and I walked away impressed and curious.
The “DICE” in Cyrus Klepcys DICE stands for Double Impartial Chronograph Evolution. Merely put, the DICE system options two separate chronographs that may measure time independently or as synchronized. You’d be forgiven for pondering that is only a rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph, which additionally has two chronograph palms however only one chronograph mechanism that prompts each palms concurrently. The DICE really has two unbiased chronograph mechanisms, which is one thing I’ve personally by no means seen earlier than.
Mojon explains the logic behind the necessity for a twin chronograph mechanism, as such:
“In lots of sports activities, it’s usually essential to measure elapsed instances with totally different beginning instances. This happens, for instance, in races like marathons or biathlons the place athletes don’t cross the beginning line on the similar time and even in Formulation 1 — a world very near CYRUS — the place two drivers, in the course of the race exams, begin at totally different instances. In occasions like these, the place the beginning time is totally different for each participant, the KLEPCYS DICE chronograph can measure the instances between two consecutive runners or racing drivers. The same scenario arises in automotive rallies, the place it is not uncommon to make use of two unbiased chronographs. Our newest timepiece facilitates this operation due to the 2 monopusher crowns, that are important to keep away from any undesirable manipulation.”
The CYR718 motion is manufactured from 443 elements, together with 51 jewels, and operates at 28,800 vph with a 60-hour energy reserve. Whereas the motion is a technical marvel and finest appreciated from the dial-side, I do want a bit extra consideration had been paid to the rear. That stated, I do just like the gold Cyrus brand embedded into the rotor. General, just a bit little bit of refinement right here would go a good distance.
The case measures 42mm-wide and 16.5mm-thick (waterproof to 100m), however the titanium makes it extremely light-weight on the wrist. The finishes on the case are fairly properly finished, with alternating brushed and polished finishes, in addition to a powerful use of easy, virtually curved, sloping on the bezel interplaying with sharper traces. Whereas the motion and dial will get a lot of the consideration, I do suppose that the case is worthy of reward by itself.
One factor I need to level out is simply how comfy and supple the rubber strap is. Whereas the watch comes with a Cordura cloth strap that may be very good, as effectively, I discovered the rubber to be supple and delicate in a method that the majority aren’t.
The dial of the Klepcys DICE is busy, however when you discover the colour coding for the 2 chronographs, it’s really fairly easy to learn (even when it’s not fairly as legible as I’d like). The primary chronograph hand is completed in crimson with an identical lacquered column wheel and 30-minute counter hand. The second chronograph hand mirrors the primary however with a blue coloration scheme. Naturally, every chronograph is activated by its corresponding crown on both facet of the case, with the blue on the left facet of the case and the crimson on the correct facet.
A dialogue of the aesthetics of a watch like that is virtually reliant on one’s style. Whereas it’s apparent that the model’s signature chunky cushion-shaped case flanked by crowns on both facet was by no means meant to have broad enchantment, I nonetheless have a lingering sense that the design of the Klepcys DICE may have been iterated just a bit bit extra. Just a few small edits like rethinking the necessity for the operating seconds subdial to have numerals round its circumference, or the rotor having “THE CONQUEST OF INNOVATION” engraved on it, may go a good distance.
The Cyrus Klepcys DICE is a horologically spectacular watch with an aggressively sporty design (I’m tempted to say “love-it-or-hate-it”) that can enchantment to a really self-selective area of interest of collectors. As for competitors, there actually isn’t a lot on the market, although I suppose the Moser Streamliner Flyback Chronograph, some trendy Roger Dubuis, and even Hautlence could also be closest. Restricted to 50 items every, the Cyrus Klepcys DICE as seen right here is priced at 31,000 EUR in titanium and 32,000 EUR in black DLC titanium. You may be taught extra at cyrus-watches.ch.