Celsius X VI II : LeDIX Véloce

One-of-a-kind model

specially created for Only Watch 2011, featuring a mysterious optical fibre display and the patented “Remontage Papillon”.


LeDix Véloce

Case : black PVD-coated grade 5 monobloc titanium, carbon fibre inserts Size : 100x49x23mm Weight : 245g Movement : mechanical with kinetic recovery system (100h power reserve, with an additional three hours added by each case opening), 330 parts including an offcentred flying tourbillon (36mm) mounted on shock-absorbers. Functions : hours, minutes, power reserve, phone, photo, video Water resistance : 30m (watch part) Accessories: chain, ebony wood presentation box, holster, hands-free kit, docking station Limited series: 18

While GMT readers are by now well acquainted with the first micromechanical mobile phone equipped with a tourbillon movement, this new 18-piece limited series in blackened titanium and carbon fibre places LeDIX Véloce firmly in the field of motor sports. The uniquely designed sapphire crystal ‘hood’ or ‘bonnet’, the splendid high-tech engine and the aerodynamic lines of the articulated bodywork embody a perfect symbiosis of form and function, accentuated by the carbon fibre inserts.

Unveiled last year in a first limited edition, what is doubtless the world’s most exclusive nomadic object stems from four years of research and development. Among the 600 parts requiring six months to assemble by hand are the world’s most off-centred tourbillon (36 mm), mounted on four shock-absorbers; and a patented automatic winding system activated by each opening of the phone which generates an additional three hours of power reserve. Celsuis X VI II has christened this kinetic energy recovery system “Remontage Papillon” (butterfly winding). Representing a micromechanical treasure trove, LeDix eloquently expresses innovation through a range of fascinating features including an original battery-ejection system, cushioned screen-flap closing, and a mechanical-locking flap protecting the connector.

Such aesthetic elegance, functional efficiency and appealing design are not confined to the 245 grams of this jewel carved from a single block of grade 5 titanium. Its intuitive multilingual interface and its cutting-edge electronics are accompanied by an entire “ecosystem” of high-end accessories: a resin and leather docking and synchronisation station; a hand-crafted leather holster; an ingenious brushed metal and leather hands-free kit; a sophisticated chain to attach LeDix Véloce; and naturally a mechanically opening three-compartment presentation box in ebony wood.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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