Though it solely arrived on the scene in late 2020, boutique model Kross Studio has already developed a robust model philosophy. All the marque’s releases up to now mix ornate ultra-luxury watchmaking with popular culture, utilizing designs impressed by among the world’s hottest media franchises. For its newest launch, nonetheless, Kross Studio strikes away from the realm of Batman and “Star Wars” to a extra orthodox companion for luxurious watch design – Alain Silberstein. Silberstein’s signature mix of vivid main colours, geometric varieties, and playful Pop Artwork design components have received the designer broad fanatic acclaim and collaborations with manufacturers from Louis Erard to MB&F. The brand new Kross Studio Lotus Tourbillon combines Alain Silberstein’s visible hallmarks with the model’s cornerstone central tourbillon design to create its cleanest, most balanced providing but, however doesn’t abandon the sense of audacity that helped to launch the atelier.
The Kross Studio Lotus Tourbillon builds on the model’s earlier tourbillon designs, starting with the acquainted 45mm lugless black brushed DLC titanium case. This easily rounded pebble-like kind has been a staple of earlier Kross Studio releases and offers the watch a contemporary minimalist character in photographs whereas holding visible deal with the dial and its glittering central tourbillon. To maintain the general look as streamlined as doable, winding and setting capabilities are dealt with by a folding D-ring crown mounted on the sapphire show caseback, and the crown is swapped between capabilities by a recessed pusher at 3 o’clock. This pusher introduces the Lotus Tourbillon’s first pop of Alain Silberstein-style colour, with a sequence of 5 summary ovals in daring hazard yellow lacquer. Like different fashions on this sequence, the Lotus Tourbillon’s Achilles heel is its water resistance, with a depressing ranking of 30 meters.
For the dial of the Lotus Tourbillon, Kross Studio retains its trademark central tourbillon and planetary gear hand system intact however simplifies the structure far past any of its earlier iterations. The motion exhibiting via the skeletonized middle of the dial is completed in clear radially brushed black, and the stepped interior ring of the dial matches the colour and end for a stealthy and cohesive look. Quite than highlighting the intricacies of the motion, or the planetary gears that drive the arms, Kross Studio permits these components to kind a backdrop for the handset and indices. These vivid and minimal items additionally comply with Alain Silberstein’s signature look, with cleanly utilized outlines in main purple and blue for the round hour hand and minimal oval minutes hand. The utilized indices across the outer minutes observe echo this oval kind, complementing the purple and blue handset with vibrant yellow accents and a boldly legible set of hash marks for minutes. With the vast majority of the design taking part in into Silberstein’s model of vibrant minimalism, Kross Studio creates an ornate centerpiece to behave as a pure focus. The model’s outsized central tourbillon takes on maybe its most advanced cage but right here, with a fragile net of skeletonized polished titanium petals that kind the watch’s namesake lotus flower. This ultra-stylized tourbillon cage elevates an already dramatic structure in preliminary photographs, and the relative simplicity of the remainder of the dial design retains this mixture from feeling too overwhelming or baroque.
Kross Studio powers the Lotus Tourbillon with its in-house KS7000 hand-wound tourbillon motion. The large open mainspring barrel takes up a lot of the visible actual property right here, and whereas ending seems simplistic in preliminary photographs one of many motion wheels is adorned with a playful purple polka dot sample in line with Alain Silberstein’s type. By way of efficiency, the KS 7000 presents an immense 120-hour energy reserve at a 21,600 bph beat charge, courtesy of the beforehand talked about outsized mainspring barrel.
To finish the minimal look of the Kross Studio Lotus Tourbillon, the model equips the watch with a pair of easy black straps in rubber and rubber-lined leather-based. The Lotus Tourbillon’s packaging, nonetheless, is something however easy. Like earlier Kross Studio releases, the Lotus Tourbillon’s field is a press release piece in its personal proper, with an Alain Silberstein-designed geometric kind in vivid toylike colour. Though this stacked purple sphere, yellow dice, and blue cone might make a positive free-standing desk decoration, the true show piece is hid contained in the dice, with a flush drawer that cleanly hides its operate as a watch field in photographs.
By taking a extra minimalist, Pop Artwork-inspired method to its flagship design, the restricted version Kross Studio Lotus Tourbillon presents the model’s most refined and mature stylistic entry so far. Solely 18 examples of the Kross Studio Lotus Tourbillon shall be made, and the watch is obtainable now via approved sellers at an MSRP of $80,000. For extra particulars, please go to the model’s web site.