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HYSEK – IO 42MM POWER RESERVE

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Hysek puts its own spin on a classic.

After getting people used to its bold, unique and almost conceptual timepieces, the brand based in the Vaud canton is now putting its signature design onto a timeless model.

Since its foundation in 1997, Hysek has literally become synonymous with racy, statement watches that are both successful in design and technique. Some models could even be classed as watchmaking UFOs given how revolutionary and different they are to regular pieces from more mainstream brands.

However, Hysek hasn’t have turned its back on so-called classic watches; it has put its own stamp on them with its very own signature twist. The IO collection features models with simple shapes that use rather traditional complications such as the date display, moon phase, chronograph and power reserve indicator as in the new IO 42mm Power Reserve.

hysek io-42mm power reserve

The round 42mm case is topped by a fitted bezel that reveals four cavities; curvy lugs cling to the sides with the three signature Hysek notches. The steel case houses a self-winding mechanical movement that fuels the functions (hours, minutes, seconds, date and power reserve indicator) and provides a 42-hour power reserve.

The blue dial’s hour rim has edgy metallic horseshoe markers and Arabic numerals (1, 5, 7 and 11 that you regularly see on Hysek dials) rimmed with a dash of cobalt. The minutes appear on the chapter ring. Two baton-shape hands with blue-rimmed diamond-tips track the hours and minutes whilst a slim central seconds hand in the same colour glides above. A large arrow carved like flint at 6 in a silver semi-circle tells the IO 42mm Power Reserve’s owner how much power is left by pointing to F (full) or E (empty) if the watch needs a quick energy boost.

Price: 7,300 CHF hysek.com

By Sharmila Bertin

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