Only Watch comes around once every two years in aid of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This year the auction is set to take place on November 9th at Christie’s Geneva.
Up for auction are 52 novelties, each one of them a one-off, from some of the world’s finest watchmakers. This year’s Only Watch auction is on course to beat 2017’s record-breaking haul of over $12 million dollars.
Swiss brand CYRUS is distinctly high-end with its own independent Manufacture in Le Locle. The “KLEPCYS ALARM” showcases an eye-catching green olive dial, expressly made for ONLY WATCH.
The watch has an alarm function that incorporates the typical chime of the minute repeater. 46mm in size minus the crowns, the timepiece features a signature multi-layer, cushion-shaped steel case with black DLC coating and the double crown wear extremely comfortably on the wrist thanks to its ergonomic construction.
Two crowns have now become a distinctive feature of Cyrus. The KLEPCYS ALARM is an exception to the rule, as the only working crown is placed at 3 o’clock, highlighted with a green olive rubber ring, while the one at 9 o’clock is purely aesthetic.
The bezel frames a large, round, three-dimensional green olive dial with the typical decoration of engraved triangular motifs which is rich in indicators and has many details that make it truly unique.
The hour, minute and second hands are slightly off-center to the left and show the time on an upper arch, with a decoration reminiscent of vinyl records. Diamond cut applied Arabic numeral are filled with SuperLuminova, and mixed with indices.
Between 10 and 12 o’clock is a display with a rotating olive green/black disc and customized screws bearing the Cyrus logo that provides the day/night indication of the main time.
The KLEPCYS ALARM also has a secondary dial, between 3 and 6 o’clock for setting the alarm function. Surrounded by two concentric rings, one white with even Arabic numerals on a 24-hour scale and an outer black one indicating the minutes on a scale of 15, it has a central two-tone olive green/black part subdivided by a red line to distinguish the day-time numbers from the night-time ones.
Between 5 and 9 o’clock, the space on the dial reveals a large symmetrical opening that makes it possible to see a section of the movement and attracts attention to the alarm hammer.
Its design recalls the shape of a bell, exhibits a brushed surface and beveled, polished corners, and is embellished with the CYRUS logo. It strikes various chimes producing harmonious, easily heard notes for a maximum time of 16 seconds.
Setting the alarm is simple and intuitive. Just pull out the crown in first position to rotate the pointers, in either direction and select the chosen hour on the 24-hour scale, also setting the minutes at intervals of 5. To know if the alarm is active, just check if the small hand with a luminescent triangular tip at 7 o’clock is positioned to ON or OFF, shown in green and red. Simply pressing on the crown at 3 o’clock turns this feature on or off.
The in-house manufactured hand-winding CYR1280 caliber has a power reserve of 72 hours. The case back is engraved “ONLY WATCH” The exclusive winding system, conceived by Jean-François Mojon in collaboration with his team, allows the barrel placed close to the balance wheel to power the main time and the second to provide the energy to the sub-dial that activates the alarm.
The watch comes on a customized black rubber strap with a central groove bearing the Cyrus symbol and a folding clasp that has a mechanism for a simple and quick size setting.