Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Retrograde


 

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod RetrogradeToday, we will travel back in time, to this year’s Bazelworld, when an exceptional timepiece was unleashed upon the unsuspecting horological world – Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod watch. A true triumph in both micro kinetic engineering and design, this amazing watch was created by a Russian clock master Konstantin Chaykin, a member of the Académie Horlogère Des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI). Now, 8 months later, we have glimpsed first pictures of Lunokhod’s worthy successor – Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Retrograde.

Ja tvoi sluga, Ja tvoi Rabotnik - Lunokhod-1

Ja tvoi sluga, Ja tvoi Rabotnik - Lunokhod-1

It is always great to be reminded how there is more to the haute horlogerie than Switzerland, and it’s even greater to see this kind of a watch come from Mother Russia. As final icing on the cake, the timepiece is dedicated to one of the most iconic space machines of all time, a Russian remotely controlled vehicle Lunokhod – 1! This Moonwalker was the first rover that landed on the moon and it spent almost a year on the Lunar surface (from November 1970 till October 1971), gathering data and just roaming the Moon and being cool. First Lunokhod watch was a true space watch, something that would feel quite at home on Mr. Bedford and Dr. Cavor’s  wrists . This imposing timepiece owes its outlandish look to wootz steel, an ancient Indian metalwork technique characterized by its rugged surface. However, it’s humongous 50 mm case is not the most eyecatching part of the watch, that honor belongs to the revolutionary system of lunar-phase display via the 12 mm wootz ball in the dial.

 

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod watch

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod watch

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Retrograde

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Retrograde

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Retrograde is the second generation in this series, and, naturally, an improved one. Or maybe, just flashier… This time, the Moon is represented by the genuine saltwater pearl. This organic stone was chosen both for its mesmerizing looks and symbolic meaning – pearls were representing the Moon in many archaic cultures. Despite the naturally round-shape and the fact that pearls don’t require any special additional processing, finding a perfectly round, natural pearl is very difficult. Apparently, Konstantin Chaykin examined hundreds of them until finding just 8 perfectly round 12 mm pearls. Naturally, as only one side of the Moon is visible from Earth, so is the pearl fixed and lunar phases are displayed by a silver half-sphere rotating around it.

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Retrograde movement

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Retrograde movement

The manual wound movement was entirely developed by Konstantin Chaykin Watch & Clock Atelier and it features a patented, Moon phase continuous correction device. Also, the minutes display is changed to a retrograde scale located at the bottom of the dial, while hours are still displayed in the 12 and 24 hour format. The 18-karat gold case encloses the open dial, allowing us to witness the eternal clockwork and the caseback is covered with a sapphire crystal offering a view of the dark side of the Moon…

Great detail, a Lunokhod wheel on the crown!

Great detail, a Lunokhod wheel on the crown!

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhods

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhods

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    11 000 Euro… in the case that you are curious!

  2. Samir says:

    That’s not too bad I guess :)

  3. Dalibor says:

    Just one kidney, at my home market prices! I have two anyway ;)

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