With the new mechanically sophisticated and trailblazing KS 05 timepiece collection, Kross Studio unveils brave technology and refined designs.
June 12, 2023: The creative and ingenious masters of watchmaking, Kross Studios, has pulled out all the stops with its very first completely in-house central flying tourbillon. While the brand’s collaborations with well-known entertainment brands has produced marvelous timepieces that blur the line between mechanics and creativity, this time it single handedly produced a technical timepiece, and in doing so, created the world’s first central floating tourbillon with a novel brave movement and stylish design aesthetics.
What sets the new KS 05 timepieces apart from other Kross Studio’s creations is the engineering and designs which have been pared down to their essence to best showcase the manufacturer’s know-how and technological prowess.
For the committed horophile, here’s a closer look at the timepiece. All of the additions are quite impressive, but the distinguishing feature is the presence of caliber KS 7 '005, a world-first manual-winding central floating tourbillon with 220 components. The movement works at a frequency of 21,600 bph (beats per hour), or 3 Hz, and has a 120 hours power reserve housed in a lightweight titanium tourbillon cage.
The diameter of the barrel, larger than the watch’s radius, is positioned on the central axis of the movement and the tourbillon sits atop it. A spectacular view of its complex workings is on offer. The timepiece comes with a black or blue aventurine glass dial, or you can choose natural stones including turquoise, jade, and obsidian.
The rehaut, or outer dial, is attached directly to the case. It has the time markers and indices, which were created by Kross to encourage an incredibly clear, quick reading of the time. Its positioning and design provide a smooth aesthetic transition from the watch’s outside to its inner, highlighting its ground-breaking central floating tourbillon.
Devoid of lugs or edges, the KS 05 case exhibits a seamless and ergonomically optimized profile. Instead of a visible crown at 3 o'clock, Kross Studio opted for a D-ring crown integrated into the case back, which enables winding and time adjustments without disrupting the watch's clean lines.
- By Pritha Debroy