HYSEK: IO Skeleton Tourbillon

Hysek – это не только производство. В то время как многие фирмы изобретают для себя какую-то многовековую предысторию, Hysek всегда стремится к максимальной прозрачности. В 2007 году бренд действительно стал интегрированным. Компания осталась полностью независимым швейцарским производством. И новый скелетон как нельзя лучше демонстрирует теперешнее состояние дел на фирме.

HYSEK продемонстрировал скелетонизированную модель часов с сапфировым циферблатом. IO Skeleton Tourbillon оснащен мануфактурным механизмом с ручным подзаводом. Цилиндр и турбийон величественно демонстрируют свою работу в цвете металла и золота. На фоне рисунка основной платины механизма затруднительно разглядеть черные римские цифры, словно их и вовсе нет.

Механизм мануфактурный с ручным подзаводом, калибр HW14, камней 17, частота колебаний 28800 пк/ч, запас хода 74 часа. Цилиндр расположен в области «7 часов», а турбийон – в «12 часах». Платина украшена рисунком «Rose des Vents». Корпус выполнен из 18К розового золота диаметром 45 мм. Заводная коронка украшена резьбой. Сапфировое стекло с антибликовым покрытием. На обратной стороне корпуса установлено сапфировое стекло. Циферблат сапфировый с выгравированными на внутренней стороне римскими цифрами и золотыми стрелками. Водонепроницаемость до 30 метров. Ремешок из кожи аллигатора с раскладываемой застежкой из 18К золота.

HYSEK: IO Skeleton Tourbillon

Hysek has not always been a manufacture. Whereas many firms invent a centuries-old backstory for themselves, Hysek has always sought to be completely transparent about its history. It was in 2007 that the brand truly began to become an integrated manufacture. Since then, it has been producing its own calibers and complications independently. Crowns, cases and hands are also made in-house, at Lussy sur Morges.

This makes Hysek one of the last remaining fully-independent Swiss manufactures. And the IO Squelette Tourbillon is no accident in that respect; it is most probably the watch that best embodies this state of affairs – thanks to which Hysek is able to design and produce all its parts with complete freedom in terms of decision-making and management strategy.

A truly in-house caliber

Pride of place goes to the manufacture’s caliber. In this respect, again it is not rare for movements that are merely designed in-house to be referred to in this way, even if they are actually produced by others – whereas the HW14 caliber really is conceived, designed, developed, assembled and fine-tuned in-house, as are almost all of its 164 parts.

Experienced connoisseurs will have had no problem in spotting this particularity: for instance, the HW14 cogwheels feature a very special profile to be found only at Hysek, with sculpted arms that bring to mind graceful insects’ legs. Similarly, the tracery on the tourbillon wheel was designed and manufactured in-house, and can be found nowhere else.

These highly distinctive feats are the shared result of Hysek’s in-house design office and the knowhow in cutting and rolling acquired by the manufacture over the past year.

92% lighter

The IO Squelette Tourbillon has also gone down the road of the skeleton watch. Right from the outset, Hysek has opted to promote its capabilities as a manufacture with constructions that are daring, risky even. The IO Squelette Tourbillon offers two examples of this.

The first is the skeletonized nature of the watch. The unfinished plate, not fashioned in this approach, weighs 75 grammes. After the skeletonization process, it weighs just 6 grammes – 92% less.

Hysek’s invisible accomplishment

The second, even more compelling example is the crown wheel. It connects to the crown at 3 o’clock, measures 39 mm in diameter and is concealed beneath the bezel. The result is a part with an extremely large diameter that is nevertheless extraordinarily slim and narrow.

In technical terms, this is one of the most breath-taking components of the IO Squelette Tourbillon: a part that is extremely difficult to machine without warping, finished at just 3/10ths of a millimetre. The component is both very thin and very wide – and also needs to be extremely strong, being a critical functional element of the IO’s winding mechanism.

Alongside these specific developments by the Hysek manufacture, the IO Squelette Tourbillon meets all the standards of fine watchmaking effortlessly: pearled, angled, openwork bridges, added horns (the most difficult type to make), alternating satin and mirror finishes, and more besides.

For some details, the IO Squelette Tourbillon features the firm’s own, unique decorations. This is the case for its metal-coated back, lighting up the base of the watch with a unique motif. Drawing inspiration from the traditional Swiss sunray decoration, it has been used here to highlight the transparent nature of the piece whilst concealing the contact with the wrist.

The IO Squelette Tourbillon, limited to two editions of 88 pieces each, has now arrived in Hysek stores.

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