Hysek recently announced the latest addition to their IO collection, the new Double Orbitale. Time telling in this new piece is in a jump hour direct read format with minutes and seconds indicated by a different spin on a traditional ‘hand’.
The (jumping) hours are shown in a window at 12 o’clock, with the use of a Super-LumiNova coated backing surface aiding the reading of the hours in times of darkness. The minutes displays are in the form of two semi circles that cover the ranges from 5 to 25 minutes and 35 to 55 minutes respectively. They are linked to a gear system module mounted on an arc beneath the bezel (as versus the usual minutes that are centrally powered) that guides the minutes module around a full circle. The time shown in these photos from Hysek is 23:25, with the minute indicator in the form of an open worked hand.
The seconds are embedded within the minutes satellite, and characterised by a small hand positioned beneath the minutes hand that points to another semi-circular display. Both rotate around the dial, hence the name of the model.
Fans of vintage inexpensive jump hours of the 1970s will see a format that is familiar in the Double Orbitale (here is an Anker one for example), but in an interesting and attractive modern form.
Powering this all is the Hysek automatic Calibre HW63, with a micro rotor, beating at 28,800 VPH, and with a power reserve of fifty hours.
The new Double Orbitale will be 43mm with a thickness of 10mm, and come in four iterations. The case will be in either titanium or 18 carat rose gold, with one of two dial variants – an unusual openworked form which looks like perforations, or a sapphire crystal with a laser engraving of the Hysek motif of a stylised representation of a graphite molecule.