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Hysek IO Automatic Manufacture

AN ODE TO SIMPLICITY

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October 2018


Hysek IO Automatic Manufacture

IO Automatic Manufacture is the name of Hysek’s new basic calibre – an automatic with three hands. Its apparent simplicity actually took several years to develop; it will be used as a foundation for the firm’s forthcoming collections.

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ysek has built up its brand notoriety around grandes complications and the art of extreme skeletonisation.

Today, the firm has moved into a field that is wholly new for it: the simplicity of a three-hand calibre. This new exercise for Hysek comes in response to demand from collectors keen to extend their collections by including timepieces dedicated to everyday uses.

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The IO Automatic Manufacture is powered by a genuine in-house calibre: indeed, with the exception of the spring, the anchor, and the barrel spring, the movement is fully manufacture made.

The result is the new IO Automatic Manufacture. The timepiece displays the hours and minutes and features a small seconds hand at 6 o’clock, along with the firm’s hallmarks: large, luminous, spear-shaped hands; hour markers at 1, 5, 7, and 11 o’clock only; and highly stylised Arabic numerals – applied on a dial featuring especially intricate motifs.

These motifs draw inspiration from graphite. Its hexagonal molecule, interlinked by a three-way bond, forms a honeycomb pattern whose use here is unique in the world of watchmaking. The IO Automatic Manufacture’s dial thus provides both relief and depth, catching the light in constantly changing fashion. The watch is available in 41mm or 43mm, in titanium or in gold.