Kross Studio has partnered with designer Alain Silberstein for a new timepiece- the Lotus Tourbillon. In the summer of 2021, Silberstein contacted Kross Studio and had the desire to create a lotus-inspired timepiece that would capture the essence of the Asian flower. The KS 7’000 caliber from Kross Studio comes equipped with an oversized barrel offering a 5-day power reserve. The regulator takes its place in the center within a tourbillon cage at the top of the barrel, uniting form and function, and setting the stage for innumerable and creative iterations, this time: a lotus flower. The lotus flower in polished grade 5 titanium has been machined entirely in the Kross Studio manufacture.
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. Housed in a 45mm titanium case protected by a black DLC treatment, the lotus blossoms under a sapphire dome, revealing Kross Studio’s unique watchmaking expertise. On the dial side, the main components of the movement have been hand-brushed in a circular pattern from the center and treated in black, reinforcing the vision of a lotus floating on still waters.
A D-ring winder on the case back allows easy movement winding, while the time is set via the push button between 3 and 4 o’clock. The push-button has Silberstein’s style and is engraved with yellow lacquer.
On the case back, engravings of red circles showcase this collaboration. The watch comes with two straps: one in black vegan leather lined with rubber, and the other in black rubber. Like all Kross Studio watches, the interchangeable strap system allows users to switch from one strap to the other with a single click of the quick-release buttons, located on the underside of the watch.
In terms of its case, it’s handcrafted and consists of stacked forms, including a blue triangle, yellow square, and red circle interpreted in 3 dimensions. The Lotus Tourbillon takes its place within a compartment that has been put into the yellow cube. The Lotus Tourbillon watch is produced in a limited edition of eighteen pieces.