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Cyrus - Hands-on with the Klepcys Solo Tempo

Cyrus Hands-on with the Klepcys Solo Tempo

A high-specification three-hand watch with an in-house movement that could easily become a daily wearer.

Wearing the Cyrus Klepcys Solotempo is unlike wearing any other watch. You need to check every time you put it on to make sure it is the right way around and that you are not looking at the time upside down. This is because Cyrus is the only brand (to my knowledge) to incorporate symmetrically opposed crowns on its case at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. So at a glance, it is impossible to tell which way is “up”. The only reference on the dial side is the Cyrus logo at 3 o’clock.

Test au porter de la Klepcys Solo Tempo

Klepcys Solo Tempo in steel and/or DLC © Cyrus

The 44mm case diameter of the Klepcys is just within the bounds of the reasonable, but the curves of the case and the integrated rubber strap mean that it fits the wrist perfectly. As a fan of somewhat larger watches, I very quickly got used to it. Almost too much so, in fact, since I soon realized I could wear this as an everyday watch. Its three-hand configuration without date, large hands and baton hour markers make it easily readable. The skeletonisation of the dial has been kept discreet so that it is not intrusive but you can nevertheless discern the beating heart underneath. The folding clasp with fine adjustment mechanism is a cinch and the rubber-coated crown ensures a nice, firm grip when setting the time.

Test au porter de la Klepcys Solo Tempo

Klepcys Solo Tempo in rose gold and DLC © Cyrus

I tried out the version with a brushed stainless-steel case and DLC bezel, but the Solotempo is also available as full steel, full DLC and two-tone rose-gold/DLC. With the exception of the gold model at 19,300 Swiss francs, all three steel models come in below the psychological barrier of 10,000 Swiss francs, which is a pretty competitive price given the in-house movement (see below for all prices) and the fact that all the steel models are limited to just 100 pieces, making this a very rare wristwatch. The movement in question is the self-winding CYR1015 calibre that has been developed in cooperation with Jean-François Mojon. Beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, it offers a power reserve of 42 hours. Cyrus foregoes a sapphire crystal case back, preferring instead a screw-in back that allows the brand to offer water resistance of 50 metres, adding to the Solotempo’s appeal for everyday wear.

Klepcys Solo Tempo

Description

Limited edition

Retail price in Swiss francs

539.503.SS.A

Full steel

100

8 550

539.503.SD.A

Steel & DLC

100

9 100

539.503.DD.A

Full DLC “darkness”

100

9 700

539.503.GD.A

5N rose gold & DLC

50

19 300

 

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Above all, Cyrus sees itself as a non-conventional firm. With a very distinctive style and a number of patented functions, the Firm is committed to proving that fine watchmaking can be innovative by getting off the beaten track, without compromising quality in the slightest.

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