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Sun Worship

January 25, 2011


Helios will appeal to those who go for design and look out for an innovative watch which respects decorative conventions

When a new brand makes its debut it creates lot of excitement. If the debut creates a landmark, a promise it gets lots of attention. So was the case of Frederic Jouvenot’s Helios, launched at Geneva’s second edition of Geneva Time Exhibition 2011.

A tantalizing combination of old and new technologies, the Helios timepiece will take your breath away with its deceptively simple display, masking its inner complexities. This exceptional new piece offers a three-dimensional interpretation of time that is a modern re-imagining of the ancient sundial. However, you’ve never seen a sundial like this before! Combining the inseparable phases of day and night this simplistic looking piece houses a complex mechanism which allows the wearer to observe the passing of time in a completely new way.

Unlike other, more traditional timepieces, the Helios does not use hands or discs to display the time, but instead three-dimensional cylinders which rotate in accordance with the changing of the hours. Although it sounds complicated it is actually exceptionally easy to read and really is quite visually stunning.

Combining unique and innovative design with technical brilliance, this timepiece presents a spectacular new take on the technology of the centuries-old sun dial and is well worthy of young fair-haired Greek god it is paying tribute to: Helios. At each hour, depending on the hour, the jumping hour movement turns a sort of fixed needle with a black side and sunny side to indicate whether one is in the first half of the day or the half that leads to the night. The minute display is found on a revolving disk in the centre of the watch face.