LeDIX by Celsius X VI II
LeDIX created by Celsius X VI II represents a fascinating world-first accomplishment embodying a symbiotic relationship between micromechanics and microelectronics. This unprecedented nomadic object is a genuine work of art blending performance, elegance, emotion and exclusivity.
LeDIX is a clamshell cellphone that immediately alerts observers to the fact that it houses a fine watchmaking movement – a first in itself. Natural curiosity will then incite them to discover the depth and breadth of the concept and its pioneering innovations heralding a whole new generation of dream objects. The exploration will then reveal the stunning Remontage Papillon (Butterfly Winding mechanism) patented by Celsius X VI II and representing the core of its creative approach.
The overall design is anything but ordinary. LeDIX is a cellphone clothed in an exceptionally noble metal shell of streamlined grade 5 titanium bringing a wealth of fine watchmaking finishes. The polished, satin-brushed, beadblasted and guilloché-work Clous de Paris hobnail pattern are interpreted in a tone-on-tone colour scheme expressing a resolutely contemporary spirit. LeDIX is available in two different versions: LeDIX Origine, in natural titanium with elegant inserts in solid ebony wood - specially treated to withstand variations in temperature and humidity; LeDIX Sport, in black PVD-coated titanium with carbon fibre inserts. In an ultimate touch of refinement, both devices feature dedicated screws with indents at ten, six and two hours recalling the Celsius X VI II logo.
The shape, size and significantly off-centred tourbillon make this movement an outstanding first in the watch industry. It perfectly follows the contours of the convex sapphire window on the surface of LeDIX. This original shape is reminiscent of certain historical pendulum clocks. The generous space enables an extremely elongated construction with a crown at 12 o’clock, creating a highly attractive aesthetic effect.
There are a full 36 millimetres between the hour and minute axis and that of the flying tourbillon which thus appears in solitary splendour. It may be admired from both front and back, and its gentle ticking sound can be heard when the phone is held to the ear. Given its position which exposes it to frequent jolts, this tourbillon is equipped with a double safety device: a spring-fitted shock absorber for its bridge and a screen-flap closing cushioned by a set of spring-mounted ball bearings. Deeper inside the movement, the transmission mechanism also enjoys unprecedented visibility. While the base calibre is a model by the Confrérie Horlogère Hublot beating at 21,600 vph, the architectural transformation accomplished with the active participation of Celsius X VI II is so substantial that it can truly be described as an exclusive development. The new movement, which is significantly slimmer thanks to its lengthwise extension, is housed within an inner case of the same shape in GL-treated aluminium – a surface treatment consisting of ceramics enhanced by titanium particles. Dedicated water-resistance gaskets were developed to fit this distinctive movement construction.
LeDIX is all the more admirable due to its sophisticated architecture, featuring personalised bridges that add a light, transparent touch, along with fine watchmaking finishes, elegantly playing on graded shades of grey and black entirely in harmony with the structure itself. The subtle contrast between the circular-grained mainplate, the satin-brushed black gold-treated surfaces and the rhodium-plated bridges, is discreetly enlivened by the flaming red of the movement jewels. The same sense of contemporary understatement characterises the black gold-finished satin-brushed dial enhanced by appliques of varying heights and in particular by the three-dimensional 9, 0 and 3 numerals. The tips of the partially openworked hands are coated with Superluminova.
It would be hard not to notice the exceptional amplitude of the 200° power-reserve display eloquently expressing the performances of the Celsius X VI II patented self-winding movement, with the Remontage Papillon (Butterfly Winding mechanism) spelt out around the dial rim. To the right of this legend, one can catch a glimpse of the terminal gear distinguished by cone-shaped wheel teeth that called for the creation of specific milling- cutters. The majority of the system is housed within the black structure surrounding the watch case and incorporated within the hinge of the cellphone flap. Clutching and declutching is controlled by a pawl and the unidirectional winding takes place each time the flap is opened. This system is so effective that the power reserve of the mechanical movement is extended by three hours with every opening. Given the number of calls made or received daily by a cellphone user, and the corresponding number of openings and closings of the clamshell, the autonomy is thus permanently ensured. To avoid any accidental overwinding, the barrel spring is fitted with a slipping spring. Moreover, micromechanics enthusiasts will appreciate the gentle clicking sound when the winding is taking place.
The Remontage Papillon by Celsius X VI II is a major innovation which, in addition to renewing the art of automatic winding, establishes a mysterious link between traditional micromechanics and contemporary microelectronics. A first glance, LeDIX does not immediately reveal that the watch mechanism merges into the hinge of the cellphone. Once the secret is unveiled, the full measure of genius contained within this object comes to light: a “fusion” concept paving the way for a revolutionary generation of nomadic objects.
In LeDIX, micromechanics are not reserved exclusively for the watch module itself. It also ingeniously works its way into the back of the phone body. A button controls battery ejection according to a dual kinematic concept: a rotating movement to open the flap, followed by a translatory movement to push the battery forward. The SIM card compartment opens in parallel. Meanwhile, the main connector between the cellphone and the docking stations or the hands-free set is protected by a ball-bearing mounted flap that opens by turning a knob. These elements are far more than mere details: they emphasise the visionary character of the Celsius X VI II brand, which is determined to drive the emotionally charged sphere of micromechanics into uncharted territory.
The “communicating object” was developed in cooperation with Sagem Wireless, a specialist of customised connected lifestyle devices renowned for the high quality of its products. LeDIX meets extensively tested standards (2.75 G GSM-GPRS-EDGE) providing ample confirmation that it is built to last. The chosen platform has been optimised and tested for worldwide use in order to achieve impeccable reliability. Particular attention was devoted to the conception of the interface. Celsius X VI II wanted it to be simple, profoundly user-friendly, designed for optimal comprehension and ergonomics. Given that a human being’s global perception cannot encompass more than seven elements at a time, the main menu, which appears on a high-contrast AM-OLED screen, features just seven essential components. The select and back functions are accompanied by the four most widely used applications – phone, messaging, camera (autofocus with flash unit) and contact list – as well as providing access to a submenu of additional functions including e-mails and internet. Embodying functional and timeless value, LeDIX is the epitome of pure design, an intimist object that can be easily “tamed”.
To ensure optimal comfort, LeDIX features a GSM antenna placed as far as possible from the ear, at 150 mm. To enhance security, the cellphone has a hidden SD memory card accessible solely by authorised retailers. When changing phone, all private data is deleted from the original device. Celsius X VI II has also foreseen the periods of maintenance, mainly necessary for watch movements, during which it will provide a courtesy phone – a value-added service which reflects the prestigious brand universe.
Celsius X V II set itself a formidable challenge in seeking to achieve the perfect fusion between microelectronics and micromechanics. The main problem stemmed from the many metal parts of the exterior and the mechanical movement. Their very nature was liable to engender interferences liable to be detrimental to the smooth operation of the antenna. The solution consists in earthing all the parts involved – a process rendered all the more complex by the sheer numbers involved, since the LeDIX actually comprises no less than 600 mechanical components. Celsius X VI II has also shown a concern for the impact of electronics on the running of the watch and particularly the possible disturbance of the balance-spring by the electromagnetic field. A multitude of studies and tests were conducted to avert this potential danger, thus providing the user with optimal assurance in this respect.
Such an exceptional product naturally deserves exceptional accessories. They were all designed by Celsius X VI II, starting with the docking station clad in wood, leather and polished or satin-brushed metal. It features the kind of mechanical refinement cherished by the brand, in the shape of a spring-mounted connection system activated by the pressure of the phone and deactivated by a button.
The hands-free kit in polished or satin-brushed metal and leather is equally ingenious, with its tiepin concept housing the headphone and phone connection wires. A sliding ring ensures they don’t get tangled up when not in use. This eminently elegant solution is regarded as easy on the ear, although users may opt for a Bluetooth module if preferred. LeDIX comes with three separate hand-sewn leather pouches. Depending on circumstances or how one is dressed, it can be held in a pocket model, a belt version or the highly original and superbly functional holster.
LeDIX is delivered with all these accessories in a splendid presentation box in noble materials in which mechanics play a final role by opening a secret drawer. Thus surrounded by an aura of undeniable prestige, LeDIX is a powerful new object of desire.