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.