In their latest venture, Kross Studio partners with renowned designer Alain Silberstein to deliver a visionary lotus-inspired timepiece
November 30, 2021: Drawing inspiration from the essence of a sacred Asian flower, the Kross Studio x Alain Silberstein collaboration has brought to life the Lotus Tourbillon. The timepiece which features the Kross Studio Central tourbillon (the KS 7’000 caliber) is equipped with an oversized barrel offering a 5-day power reserve.
After months of research and development, the result is a creation which showcases an ephemeral flower, representing a renewed vision that gracefully maintains its splendor. Mr. Silberstein’s signature geometric shapes and primary colors naturally find their place within the Lotus Tourbillon, offering bold counterparts to the poetry and lightness of the floating lotus.
Mr. Silberstein commented, “I was blown away by the first central vortex created by Kross Studio which depicted the Death Star from Star Wars. Curious, I made an appointment to get to know this talented team. I thought our first meeting would last about an hour. Four hours later, we were still in a meeting, creating what would become the Lotus Tourbillon. What was supposed to be just a first contact turned into a creative meeting.”
Uniting form and function, the Lotus Tourbillon sets the stage for innumerable and creative iterations with a regulator that takes center stage within a tourbillon cage at the top of the barrel, where the time can be read using the peripheral hour and minute display, which orbits 360 degrees around the tourbillon, the cyclical and harmonious rhythm of the hours, minutes, and seconds echoing the lifecycle of the lotus and serving as a constant reminder of each precious moment.
The lotus blossoms under a sapphire dome, revealing Kross Studio’s unique watchmaking expertise. A D-ring winder can be found on the case back which allows easy movement winding, while the time is set via the push button between 3 and 4 o'clock.
Available with the option of premium black vegan leather with rubber or black rubber, the interchangeable strap system allows users to easily switch from one strap to the other for ultimate versatility.
In typical Silberstein style, the watch comes delivered in a unique handcrafted watch case that is visually striking and designed especially for this collaboration. The ‘totem’ consists of stacked forms, including a blue triangle, yellow square, and red circle interpreted in three dimensions. The Lotus Tourbillon takes its place within a compartment that has been seamlessly integrated into the yellow cube.
The Lotus Tourbillon is available for purchase on the Kross Studio website and at select authorized sellers, produced in a limited edition of 18 pieces.
- By Sarah Micho