Cyrus created two limited editions of 33 pieces, each representing the exact replica of the face of Mars on its dial. In order to produce the Klepcys Mars Collection that is based on two different historical facts, Cyrus team worked with the renowned astronaut watchmaker, Jean-François Mojon (awarded as the best designer/developer at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2010).
The first one made of titanium and the second one of black titanium DLC, both versions feature two authentic performances. The highlight of Klepcys Mars watches is the little red, manually painted three-dimensional sphere (7.6 mm in diameter), rotating at the right side of the dial, at the same speed as Mars does in the universe (one rotation every 24 hours, 37 minutes and 22 seconds).
A three-dimensional retrograde dial displays hours, minutes and seconds on a movable axis with a day/night indication. A stunning mechanism controls the height of the retrograde hour hand by a ruby bearing. The calendar is displayed by three-dimensional retrograde and pivoting tens (also providing the precise control of the height of the tens hand with a ruby bearing). The mechanism that provides these stunning performances is the brand’s CYR599 self-winding movement that comprises 366 parts and oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Inspired by Two Different Historical Facts
Historical facts about Cyrus the Great and the face of Mars have inspired the Cyrus’s team and Jean-François Mojon to create a unique horological masterpiece. The first one goes back in 539 B.C, when Cyrus, the mighty king of three quarters of the world, conqueredBabylon, which was his biggest victory. After crossing the legendary city walls, amazed by the enchanting beauty of Ziggurat (a 91 meters high tower located in the center of Babylon, which according to believes, was a gateway between Heaven and Earth), Cyrus the Great pointed his finger towards Mars and said to his general Harpagus: “That will be our next conquest.”
More than 2 500 years later, during the summer 1976, the Viking 1 probe was sent to fly around Mars, in order to take a series of photographs of the red planet. However, no one had expected that Viking 1 would bring back an outstanding discovery. Pictures showed a clear image of a human face, more than 3 kilometers long, curved in the Cydonia Region of Mars. Until today, scientists have not found the answers about this phenomenon.
Other important Features
Cyrus Klepcys Mars is a robust timepiece with a 48mm case. It is crafted in titanium and features beautiful satin, mirror polished finishes. The version made of black titanium DLC comes with a beautiful contrast between black polished parts of the dial and the red planet and markers, while the second version made of titanium features more striking, “all in red’ dial with white indices. The watch face is protected by double, anti-reflecting sapphire crystal.
A case-back incorporates an 18 karat red gold medallion that is engraved manually. This medallion is inspired by the stater coin of Cyrus that showcases Cyrus on a winged horse setting off to conquer the planet Mars. The watch comes with a cool looking rubber strap that features 3D pyramids, reproducing the Martian landscape around the face on Mars. Besides, Cyrus Klepcys Mars is also available with a black, hand-sewn, crocodile strap.