The Genesis of Byrne Watch is the story that begins over 30 years ago, with John Byrne who was working in Watch Restoration, learning the craft and techniques needed to excel in his trade. He specialised in returning to life vintage watches, allowing them to continue their story into the future. John always had a desire to create something unique and began to consider what that might look like.
It was in 2015, whist at a performance of George Balanchine’s Apollon Musagete in Paris that the moment of inspiration came, when watching a tableau where the dancers, positioned in line, began to switch places so rapidly and seamlessly, as to give the impression they were one albeit with switching faces. BYRNE was born in that moment, create a watch with multiple faces: the Byrne GyroDial.
Gyro Dial 311
Every 24 hours at midnight, midday, or on demand, the GYRO DIAL complication-dial animation switches indices for a completely new look. Each dial features indices in four different styles: Roman numerals, Arabic numerals, baton indices and Arabic numerals with an arrow marker. For clients wishing something special, custom options are available after consultation with John.SHOP NOW
The rhodium-plated engraved dial is presented either Blue or Black, with the flippable indices seamlessly integrated against the dial. Legibility is assured from the generous application of Super-LumiNova on the hands and indices. Hand finished with a straight grain texture, over 45 procedures are needed to complete each dial.SHOP NOW
BYRNE GYRO DIAL
Featuring a hyper-profiled titanium case, expertly crafted in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, with a sapphire case-back, a screw-down bezel and crown. The case is hand polished and satin-brushed by craftspeople.
The rhodium-plated engraved dial is presented either Blue or Black, with the flippable indices seamlessly integrated against the dial. Legibility is assured from the generous application of Super-LumiNova on the hands and indices. Hand finished with a straight grain texture, over 45 procedures are needed to complete each dial.
The automatic GYRO DIAL Calibre 5555 movement is manufactured in Fleurier, Switzerland, and stringently tested to ensure excellent time keeping. The magic Pawl winding system with a bearing mounted rotor ensure efficient and smooth winding is achieved. The strap is offered as either a high-grade rubber or crocodile strap with curved inserts that meets to form a perfect fit with the case. These are made in France by Manufacture Jean Rousseau.
JOHN BYRNE - DESIGNER
Fascinated by watches from an early age, by a stroke of good fortune John’s path would cross that of the mentors who would open the doors to the watchmaking world. As a restorer of antique and modern timepieces, he can spend days working out how to bring a watch back to life for the simple pleasure of presenting its owner with this mechanical prowess. A trained designer, he views objects with a technician’s uncompromising eye. From the initial idea to the first Byrne prototype, not a single detail escaped his notice. His one obsession: to create a watch that no-one had expected; a watch that would be elegant to wear and perfect in every way.SHOP NOW