Creator of the first mechanical mobile phone, Celsius X VI II is expanding its range with a more accessible new collection called OptiC.
The first model, OptiC GMT Furtif, is built on the original concept and innovates with a mysterious fibre optic microguide technology dual display.
A first glance of the date display on the edge of the “watch” flap creates an instant, all-pervasive sense of mystery. The date numbers appears on a small pixelated screen, as if emerging from nowhere. They are in fact inscribed on a rotating cylinder nestled at the heart of the micromechanical movement, and they are conveyed thanks to an innovative Image Guiding System.
Developed by Celsius X VI II in collaboration with Schott AG Lighting and Imaging, this Image Guiding System uses solely mechanical and optical components. It is made of millions of parallel-moulded optic fibres forming an almost perfectly joined cylinder and cone. Every single optic fibre transmits a pixel of light and it is the combination of all the fibres that enables the system to transmit a clear image from one side to the other.
The Image Guiding System is also involved in the dual timezone display where it creates a magnifying effect on the hour numerals. The Image Guiding System is an authentic revolution for the watch industry, opening up new perspectives by giving access to information housed in the darkest corners of a mechanical movement.
Distinguished by its sleek, flowing lines inspired by the world of Formula 1 motor-racing and refined finishes characteristic of haute horlogerie models, OptiC GMT Furtif will be available as of December 2012 in a 28-piece limited edition. Retail Price of 92,400 Swiss Francs excl. tax.