HW20 Central Tourbillon

HW20 Central Tourbillon


- Hysek Calibre HW20
- Automatic Mechanical
- Central flying tourbillon
- Jumping Hours on 24 hours
- Rose des Vents decoration
- 322 components
- 48 jewels
- Autonomy 45h
- Frequency 28’800 VpH

The HW20, wholly designed and produced in the Hysek manufacture. Guaranteeing a 42-hour power reserve, it can be admired through the watch’s sapphire back.

To pull off this feat, Hysek has used the geometry of its IO collection to full effect. In the centre of this miniature theatre sits, not a pair of hands, but a tourbillon. Aware that this hypnotic escapement is sure to win the acclaim of all seasoned watch-lovers, the manufacture has let it play the leading role. To complete the visual effect, Hysek has made it a flying tourbillon – meaning that it has no upper bridges – held in place by a ceramic ball bearing fixed to the plate. As a result, the tourbillon appears to be hanging in mid-air, centre stage, focussing all eyes on it. Hysek has also skeletonized the movement to further heighten the sense of depth when contemplating the watch.

The manufacture has showcased this escapement, and created the perfect backdrop for its performance, by the simple expedient of two discs. Echoing the tiered seating in an amphitheatre, Hysek has designed multiple levels of time-telling, arranged in concentric circles – like so many spectators around the main stage occupied by the tourbillon.

The first disc marks minutes. The slim, black circle is engraved in white and has 60 minute markings. The hour disc sits above it, graduated over 24 hours. On this broad outer ring, only the hour in progress is fully readable, framed by a pink gold window, while the others are concealed behind an openwork applique motif.