HW22 Skeleton Central Tourbillon

HW22 Skeleton Central Tourbillon


- Hysek Calibre HW22
- Manual Mechanical
- Central flying tourbillon
- Jumping Hours on 24 hours
- 316 components
- 65 jewels
- Autonomy 42h
- Frequency 28’800 VpH

The hours window is displayed at 12 o’clock, and denoted by a luminous triangle, the bottom of which opens out naturally towards the minutes. A second luminous marker indicates the 60 minutes as they pass by in rotation. Here again, one’s gaze is constantly drawn down and to the right, to the tourbillon, as it marks out the seconds in a mesmerising, airborne ballet.

The central tourbillon is the dominant feature in the composition, and very much sets the tone of the piece. Fully visible, without any obstacles, it is hand-finished and features a “flying” design – this means it has a cage held in place only by its lower bridge, with no upper bridge. Being supported only from below gives the impression of it floating in thin air, hence the adjective “flying”. This rare, authentic Haute Horlogerie complication adds a sense of lightness to the piece, further enhanced by the skeletonisation of the plate.

This exercise in skeletonisation has also been extended to the entire movement. Not satisfied with simply making the components openwork, Hysek has redesigned their shape and location in order to have a caliber that leaves as much room as possible for light to shine through, resulting in a completely new arrangement. Adopting the same approach to the final aesthetic appearance, Hysek has also designed hours and minutes discs that feature their own special openwork, revealing a movement that has been refined to its simplest expression.

The HW22 caliber with which the piece is fitted allows the central tourbillon to remain at the heart of its identity. Hysek also painstakingly searched for the perfect way to arrange the hours and minutes around it; indeed, very few watches feature layouts around a central tourbillon, and even fewer use a flying tourbillon do so.