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Cyrus Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime: Citrus Sensation

Cyrus presents a fresh take on its Double Chrono. Lemon or lime? Take your pick!

He’s one of the best, although he would never say so himself. He will, on the other hand, confess to having more ideas stashed away than could ever possibly see daylight. Jean-François Mojon - the watchmaking wizard behind some of the most extraordinary complications of the past 15 years - is a long-time collaborator of Cyrus, including for the fabulous vertical tourbillon. He also masterminded the Klepcys DICE. As in Double Independent Chronograph Evolution.

This is an important development for the chronograph. We know about its invention (by Louis Moinet), the introduction of a second pusher (attributed to Breitling), high frequency (Moinet, then TAG Heuer), and a central display (AGENHOR, commercialised by Singer Reimagined). 

Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime: Citrus Sensation

Klepcys DICE Lime © Cyrus

Two into one

Cyrus is offering something else entirely: a watch with two independent chronographs. Two entirely separate modules which can be independently started and stopped to record two different times. This isn’t a split-seconds chrono (which measures two times, but with the same chronograph). Nor is it related to Zenith’s DEFY system (a single chronograph, but with its own escapement). The Klepcys DICE is, put simply, two chronographs in the same case.

Cyrus has released this watch once already, as two 10-piece limited editions (one in raw titanium and the other in black DLC titanium). This new version, as its name suggests, introduces a considerably more vibrant lime and lemon colour scheme.

Seeing is believing

Again, the architecture of the chronograph modules is spectacularly visible, with one column wheel at 12 o’clock and the other at 6 o’clock. The entire chronograph gear train has been moved dial-side in a visually pleasing show of expertise that follows in the footsteps of Louis Moinet’s Memoris in 2016. Which is where the comparisons end: the DICE Lime has everything in duplicate and in a breathtakingly modern style. The eye gets lost in the labyrinth of gears that spring into action when one and/or other of the chronographs is started (by a pusher at 3 o’clock for one, at 9 o’clock for the other) 

Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime: Citrus Sensation

Klepcys DICE Lime © Cyrus

Two hands keep track of elapsed time. On the first chrono, a green hand takes the traditional route, starting at 12 and following a green scale. The second, in yellow, is a mirror image that starts from 6 o’clock and traces a yellow scale. Both rotate in the same clockwise direction. Each has its own colour-coded hand in the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock.

Subsidiary seconds are positioned, conventionally, on the opposite side of the dial at 9 o’clock with, in the centre, a triskele (or ninja star, depending on your references). The (relative) legibility and simplicity of the whole is down to the far from simple interplay of features and finishes: two tachymeter scales, a round sapphire dial with printed indexes, drawn lines on the movement, graining on the plate and crowns, a polished and satin-brushed case, multiple shades of grey, etc. 

This watch oozes high-flying mechanics and technical prowess. We would have preferred more legible hour markers – the 7 is almost impossible to read – with, for example, white Super-LumiNova, also in the openwork hands, but that’s just quibbling.

Presented in a titanium case that measures 42mm across (excluding the crowns) and 16.5mm deep, the DICE Lime stays within the habitual bounds of a chronograph, despite the complexity of its double chrono. Worth noting is the 100-metre water-resistance; no easy feat for a case that is a complex assembly of 26 individual parts. Cyrus is releasing the DICE Lime as two limited editions of 10 each: one in black DLC titanium and one in polished and satin-brushed titanium, both on a green Cordura strap.

 

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As a modern, dynamic and independent company with its Manufacture in Le Locle, CYRUS approach to the “Conquest of Innovation” requires to dive into the unknown to discover what has never been done before. Cyrus timepieces, designed by master-watchmaker Jean-François Mojon, are the perfect blend of the highest level of innovation possible combined with a unique and distinctive aesthetics which endows all creations with a strong identity.

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