The first piece in a limited series of a new Kambys Collection, which was recently revealed at the Baselworld 2013, will be auctioned at the upcoming Only Watch charity auction, in order to benefit the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. With its third collection, the young Swiss brand introduced its first 100 percent in-house movement, designed by the famous watchmaker, Jean-Francois Mojon. With the characteristic architecture, inherited from the brand’s previous models and robust, open-worked interface, the new Cyrus Kambys timepiece shows an inventive mechanical art that should be appreciated by those who can see beyond the functional side of the watch.
With its new Caliber 7778 (290 components, 50 rubies), Cyrus brought several interesting innovations. This is the first hand-winding mechanism that powers the brand’s watches. Powered by twin barrels, it ensures a remarkable power-reserve of 7 days (minimum). Along with it, comes an interesting power-reserve indicator, placed by the right side of the dial. It uses three cylinders which drop down progressively, one after the other, along a vertical axis, as the reservoir of power declines. Each of two smaller cylinders indicates two days, while the third one represents three days of power reserve.
Hours and minutes are displayed on the traditional way, by two skeleton central hands in black and red. The distinction comes with seconds. They are displayed by three hands at the 7 o’clock position, covering three sectors of 120°. Thus each hand counts a 20-second interval.
Another innovative feature is displayed by the rotating disc, located at the 10 o’clock position. By pressing the button on the crown at the 9 o’clock position, it reveals secret indications engraved on the dial, one by one. Firstly, the disc reveals the replica of the Babylonian coin with images of a lion and a bull, which was produced 2,500 years ago. With the next press, the model’s series number appears and finally, there is the brand’s logo. This third animation can be personalized on the buyer’s request. I believe that the number 1 model in the series that will be donated to the Only Watch auction comes with the personalized engraving.
New Cyrus Kambys watch comes in two limited editions of 188 pieces, one made of DLC black coated titanium and another of 18 karat red gold. The bold looking, 50 mm case is available with a black anti-allergic rubber strap that can be adjusted to the size of the wearer’s wrist. Its open-work design with moving barrels recalls the look of the power-reserve indicator. The “Only Watch” model will be auctioned on September 28, in Monaco, while other pieces will be available in boutiques from October 2013 for around 43,000 CHF.