Hysek Kalysta collection now available in boutiques
Revealed at Baselworld, Hysek’s first jewellery-watch creation, Kalysta, is now available.
The Kalysta collection marks a key milestone for Hysek as the manufacture now has equal numbers of ladies’ and men’s collections made in-house. The new collection also establishes the company in the exclusive segment of manufacture fine watchmaking for women.
Kalysta is the fruit of a pure aesthetic vision: set jewels. Bearing in mind that women are more sensitive to creative touches than to mechanical sophistication, the manufacture has thought first and foremost in terms of shape, diamonds, brilliance and emotion.
Kalysta does not use traditional hands. Instead, the collection offers a whole new way of reading the time, with Hysek developing a 100% exclusive in-house complication especially for it. At noon, a window reveals jumping hours. A marquise sapphire travels round the rose gold bezel, its pink colour denoting the passing minutes, contrasting with the snow-set bezel along which it runs, thus providing perfect readability. Its white powder-coated dial is protected by a 39mm rose gold case, above which a butterfly hovers, spreading its wings over an etched floral motif. Neither engraved nor painted, the butterfly is an appliqué. Hysek chose this technique as it is the only one that really gives the impression of flight, as well as adding an unbelievable sense of depth to the dial.
Kalysta is both a unique piece and a whole collection. Within the Kalysta range, the “Exotic Tale” model offers a new level of uniqueness. Its snow-white setting is composed of diamonds of different sizes, scattered across the Kalysta’s convex bezel. This apparently random setting is more complex than regularly-spaced diamonds of equal size, calling for outstanding care when selecting stones and taking much longer than traditional jewel-setting methods.
“Heaven’s Tale” and “Night’s Tale” offer further variations on the same theme. The first one features a mother-of-pearl back in purple or blue hues, with the same concentric rhodium-plated minute track highlighting the 1, 5, 7 and 11 hour markers, the manufacture’s favourite figures. The minutes are displayed by a diamond on the purple model and by a sapphire on the blue model. Sporting a black dial and strap, the “Night’s Tale” variation features a diamond butterfly encircled by a bezel set in snow white atop a titanium case, making the piece especially light to wear.
Quartz versions of Kalysta are also available. Four gold models and six titanium models powered by a quartz movement have been crafted by Hysek. Their bezel is set with between one and three rows of diamonds, playing on the rising and falling numbers of stones to create a wave effect. We can admire a motif much beloved of Hysek on the dial surface: a fine rosette engraving, enhancing the shine of the diamonds. The straps on all the Kalysta variations are interchangeable.
The firm’s foundational principles are avant-gardism and technical prowess. Each new timepiece is not simply the modification of an existing aesthetic model, but is completely designed from scratch. This perpetual calling into question leads to the creation of extremely audacious and contemporary timepieces.Find out more
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