In 2016, Hysek was bursting with activity, placing the manufacture firmly in the ambit of the most creative, fully independent fine watchmaking firms. Here are the key highlights.
First of all, there’s Kalysta: the first 100% manufacture collection created by Hysek especially for women. The heart of the collection beats to the rhythm of Hysek’s vision of jewel-setting, with a rose gold case displaying jumping hours and a marquise sapphire, marking off the passing minutes around an appliqué butterfly that hovers over a powder-coated white dial. There’s no accident in the fact that “Kalysta” means “the most beautiful” in Greek!
Then there’s the Abyss collection, which has just celebrated its tenth anniversary, and for which Hysek has designed two new variations: a chronograph and an automatic tourbillon. The Abyss line is Hysek’s best-seller – an iconic timepiece whose versatility is once again clear in this incarnation.
The Furtif Tourbillon Squelette, meanwhile, is a new form of watchmaking art featuring impressively extreme skeletonisation – performed here in a square titanium case that marks an unprecedented revolution in watchmaking. Sapphire crystals reveal the manufacture caliber and flying tourbillon, boasting a power reserve of more than 80 hours.
Last but by no means least, Hysek has revisited one of its iconic timepieces: the Io 45mm Jumping Hours Central Tourbillon. For the first time in watchmaking, this complication introduces an innovative tiered time display featuring concentric discs, constantly rotating around a central tourbillon. The hours are jumping hours; the minutes go round in the opposite direction; and a manufacture-crafted flying tourbillon marks off the seconds in the centre.