Launched at BaselWorld 2014, the IO Skeleton Tourbillon dared to combine a broad 49 mm diameter with ultra-minimalist skeletonization. The result was a literally radiant watch with light shining right through it, drawing the gaze to its tourbillon and the finishing on its movement. In 2015, Hysek unveils a new version of this timepiece featuring a new finishing that elevates the radiance of the original watch to an even higher degree.
The fresh outpouring of light has also made it possible to concentrate all the beauty of the watch within a smaller circumference: Hysek has chosen to reduce the diameter of the IO Skeleton Tourbillon from 49 mm to 45 mm, making the piece slightly subtler on the wrist, while the visual effect remains as stunning as ever.
In addition to the ultra-minimalist version, Hysek has also introduced an alternative in which the sapphire crystal has been engraved with Roman numerals on its inner side. This deceptively simple solution is in fact the epitome of Hysek’s whole philosophy: using the keynotes of traditional watchmaking to create contemporary timepieces.
In the very best age-old tradition, the watch has twelve conventional hour markers – but placed directly on the watch crystal. This modern approach has allowed Hysek to do away with applique features and even the dial – suddenly superfluous in a watch whose vocation is rather to be as pure and ethereal as possible.
On the technical side, Hysek has retained most of the properties of the original manufacture movement. The HW14 manual wind calibre dispenses with the need for an oscillating weight – another unwelcome encumbrance when it comes to the IO Skeleton Tourbillon.
The calibre has just 164 components and is fully hand-decorated. Nothing is left to chance in achieving its aesthetic balance. The barrel is located at 7 o’clock, the tourbillon at 11 o’clock. One of the manufacture’s iconic characteristics, the asymmetrical layout contributes here to the IO’s style being both unique in watchmaking and overwhelmingly distinctive; it could only be a Hysek. Aficionados of fine watchmaking will note the powerful expression of creativity, while connoisseurs of the brand’s early days will instantly recognise its secret signature.
Hysek Calibre HW14
Hour & minute
Rose des Vents decoration
Autonomy: 77h +/- 3h
Case, dial and strap
Dimensions: Ø45mm x E11.4mm
18k rose gold
Water resistance: 30m
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection
Sunburst metalized back sapphire crystal
Hysek fold-over buckle
Bracelet in alligator
Price under request