Watches: Hysek Verdict 45 mm Tourbillon Black PVD Titanium (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on June 18, 2014

When you work with a century-old art like watchmaking, you inevitably feel the pressure of tradition. High-end complications like tourbillons or minute repeaters have already a long history and most of the brands gravitating towards the Haute Horlogerie segment tend to consider that things have to be done a certain way, in accordance to an aesthetic canon dating back to the time of Abraham-Louis Breguet and all his talented colleagues. Fortunately, though, some brands still have the courage to be more iconoclastic and experiment with new designs while respecting the standards of Fine Watchmaking.

Hysek definitely belongs to the second category and its founder, Jorg Hysek, knows too well the importance of not overlooking design. Actually, the design concept always comes first when he creates a new timepiece. He is a true believer that one needs to free oneself from the mechanics to concentrate on creating something aesthetically different. As a result, it is always refreshing to discover the brand’s novelties as they will look like nothing else.

This year’s introductions were no exceptions. On Watch Agora, I have already introduced you to the IO 49mm Skeleton TourbillonWatches: Hysek IO 49mm Skeleton Tourbillon (+live pics) models that the brand unveiled during Baselworld 2014. These stunning realisations were a true tour de force in terms of transparency and to some extent the Verdict 45 mm Tourbillon Black PVD Titanium that I would like to discuss today is another design research on light: a playful chiaroscuro between the dark of the case and guilloché dial and the translucence of the sapphire on part of the dial.

This intriguing model is a new take on the “Verdict Tourbillon” model. It features the highly recognisable “Verdict” case with its articulated lugs, integrated strap, and rounded bezel. Sized at 45 mm, it is crafted in titanium with a black PVD coating and paired with a black alligator strap with a folding buckle matching the case.

Inside the watch beats the tried and tested self-winding HW03B calibre with a power reserve of 68 hours. This elegant movement entirely developed, produced, and manufactured in the brand’s Lussy-sur-Morges workshops features a superb flying tourbillon and a very useful large date indication. Visible through the sapphire exhibition case back, the movement presents high-end finishing with Perlage decoration on the baseplate and a very graphic skeletonised oscillating weight.

The truly captivating show, however, is to be found on the dial side of this Verdict 45 mm Tourbillon. The left-hand side of the dial is covered with a vertical black guilloché pattern except for the generous aperture at 10 o’clock for the one-minute flying tourbillon with a 14 mm cage alternating mirror-polished and satin-brushed surfaces. The right-hand side of the dial is covered with a mysterious half-moon shaped tinted sapphire crystal, translucent enough to reveal the Perlage on the mainplate and the two-disc date system, but cleverly treated to offer unpredictable sparkling blue and gold reflections.

The tinted sapphire changes color depending on the orientation

This 8-piece limited edition Verdict 45 mm Tourbillon is certainly not to everybody’s taste. But that is precisely what is really interesting about it: it is different. It is the perfect timepiece for a modern watch connoisseur that does not want to let the aesthetics of its watch be dictated by design standards established centuries ago.

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