Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime
The Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime builds on the success of last year’s groundbreaking model but is now available in a new citrus-themed colour scheme. US-based journalist, Meehna Goldsmith, appraises this new creation in detail and touches on its innovative double independent chronograph movement.
Towards the end of 2021, Cyrus introduced the Klepcys DICE, a double monopusher chronograph that can time two different events individually or simultaneously. Indeed, the acronym DICE stands for Double Independent Chronograph Evolution. Following the success of this inaugural model, the brand recently introduced a variant called the Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime. This new version follows the same winning formula but is dressed in different tones. One glance and you’ll understand why this version is called the DICE Lime. Fluorescent green is the dominant colour punctuated with a vivid yellow to ensure the legibility of both chronograph functions.
You might ask what’s the difference between a rattrapante (split-seconds) chronograph and the Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime. Put simply, a rattrapante uses one chronograph to time two events, but both of the elapsed periods must commence simultaneously, whereas the double chronograph untethers the two events so that they can be timed independently. Think marathons, car rallies and Formula 1 racing, where participants cross the start and finish line at different times.
Interesting to note, the first double independent chronograph is credited to watchmaker Arnold Frankfeld when he registered his ‘Double-Stop Movements’ at the New York patent office in 1873. For almost 150 years, Frankfeld’s invention languished in the darkness, that is until last year when the inaugural version of the Klepcys DICE burst onto the watch scene.
Since the innovative mechanics are the highlight of the Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime, they are displayed via an open-worked dial featuring sapphire crystal elements. Vivid shades of green and yellow lacquer grace the column wheels located at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. They indicate the two separate chronograph modules incorporated within the movement.
The differentiating green and yellow colour scheme continues with the counters: vertically aligned hands reside in the sapphire 30-minute register at 3 o’clock. The green hand begins its circuit in the usual position of 12 o’clock, while the yellow one is flipped as a mirror image delineating the second event.
Two central chronograph seconds hands follows the colour suit in an identical, vertical orientation, as well as the double-scale flange around the dial. The monopushers for each movement, located on the case in the 3 and 9 o’clock positions, also employ colour to avoid any confusion as to which button corresponds to which chronograph.
Not to be forgotten is the actual time. Open-work, rhodium-plated luminescent hands circle around a bevelled, anti-reflective sapphire crystal ring with raised Arabic numerals. For the running seconds at 9 o’clock, the sapphire dial sticks with green and features a shape reminiscent of the brand’s three-armed helix logo with a white, luminescent tip ticking off the seconds.
There’s an awful lot of information packed into the Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime. However, the layout and colour scheme really work, snapping all the indicators into an orchestrated focus that makes reading two independent (or simultaneous) timing events very easy.
To run the show, Cyrus uses the newly developed, in-house self-winding manufacture calibre CYR718 which packs a useful 60-hour power reserve. It’s on view through the sapphire case back, accompanied by a large rotor emblazoned with Cyrus’s motto of ‘The Conquest of Innovation’.
And, who might you ask, is the mastermind behind Cyrus’s innovations? None other than Jean-François Mojon of Chronode. For reference, he’s the guy responsible for such watches as the HYT H1, Harry Winston Opus X, MB&F Legacy Machines No.1 and No.2 and the Urban Jürgensen Chronometer Detent Escapement P8, to name but a few. Upon its founding in 2010, Cyrus entered into a special relationship with Mojon as technical director of the brand.
The remarkable movement of the Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime is housed in a 42mm cushion-shaped case with elongated lugs, a three-dimensional bezel with rounded corners and symmetrical crowns, emblematic of the Klepcys line. A green Cordura fabric strap with a titanium folding clasp complements the colours of the dial. To tone down the look a bit, you can swap out the green strap for a soft black rubber item that also comes as standard.
The DICE Lime comes in two versions: Grade 5 titanium with a polished/satin finish or Grade 5 titanium with black DLC treatment. Both versions are limited to 10 pieces in each case finish. The double independent chronograph is the first of its kind and is now executed in zesty hues; that’s what I call a very juicy proposition.
- Model: Cyrus Klepcys DICE Lime
- Reference: 539.508.TT.B (polished titanium) / 539.508.DD.B (black DLC titanium)
- Case: Diameter 42mm; height 16.5mm; water resistance 10ATM (100 metres); sapphire crystal to the front and an exhibition case back
- Functions: Central hours and minutes; small seconds at 9 o’clock; 30-minute counter of the double independent chronograph at 3 o’clock; double hands in green and yellow; two central chronograph hands; green hand resets-to-zero at 12 o’clock; yellow hand resets at 6 o’clock
- Movement: Calibre CYR718; self-winding movement; frequency 28,800VpH (4Hz); 51 jewels; power reserve = 60 hours
- Strap: Green Cordura fabric strap with a folding clasp matching the case material, customised with Cyrus logo. Also comes supplied with an additional black rubber strap
- Price on application
- Limited Edition: 10 pieces in each case material