Hundreds years ago, the city of Babylon was one of the most powerful capital of the world. It ruled the intellectual and scientific world. Despite its supposed invincibility, Cyrus The Great achieved the unbelievable feat of conquering this city.
Cyrus The Great was not a cruel military chief, he was more of an intellectual dreaming of a better world, this is why instead of burning down the city, he decided to preserve this jewel of destruction.
Everyone knows Babylon through its fantastic gardens which King Nebuchadnezzar has build with his wife. Babylon was also knew for its seven-storey tower which reached an unbelievable height of 91 meters. It was the know as the the tower « with its top in the heavens« .
Babylon was the city of extraordinary and was conquered by Cyrus The Great. Those has the characteristics that comes with Cyrus Klepcys collection : All the knowledge both intellectual and scientific of our time, comes within this watch.
The design of the watch remind of us of the city of Babylon, both are inaccessible, proud and can be seen through thousands. The highest quality materials are used in the Cyrus Klepcys collection. An imposing case with a diameter of 48mm (including the crowns) included in four walls within the shape of horns are necessary for displaying the full mechanism.
The black crocodile leather band fits perfectly on the wrist. The watch is only available on limited series and is in 18 carat red gold or 18 carat grey gold combined with Grade 5 titanium with a DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) finish. The case is sealed with Cyrus designed special screws with remind of the Cyrus logo and represent the locks of the wall of Babylon which hide secret treasures waiting to be discovered.
The case back of every Klepcys contains an identical copy of a more than 2500 years old coin, created during the reign of Cyrus. The original coin is owned by the founders of Cyrus in Switzerland. This coin is known to be one of the first currency of the modern world. The image engraved in the original coin represent a lion and a bull, symbols of authority during the reign of Cyrus The Great.
The Klepcys also bears on the back, a special message dedicated to its owner. You will discover it when owning this watch.
The mechanism has three main functions, never seen before.
The hour his linear, retrograde with day/night indication. The hour hand moves along a 180° axis and, when retrograding, changes color depending on the day and night. Minutes and seconds are available on two separate discs. To read time in a linear way you have to read the hour which will be automatically aligned with the minute and the second. This is a new way to read time.
The date is retrograde, rotating in 3D. There are basically two digits. The first digit is moving depending on the day, the second digit never move. When the date is 09, the first digit retrograde and rotate on itself from 0 to 1 which will display 10. When the 31 comes, the first digit will only rotate on itself, and will not move, in order to display 01. This is incredible since once every days the first digit will rotate but not move up !
Like Babylon, the Cyrus Klepcys comes « with its top in the heavens » with a fantastic moon phase. A full realistic moon in gold (with realistic crater images) will be slowly covered by a black patch.
Those three outstanding mechanisms have been developed with Jean-Françcois Mojon, winner of the Best Watchmaker award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva.