There’s so much to like about this Konstantin Chaykin special that it’s hard to know where to start.
I love the fact that it uses a real pearl for the ‘moon’ though, and the crystal coverage is absolutely fantastic – amazing view of the tiny internal details mixed with the ‘foreground’ details.
The press release follows, but we’ll have to wait until Baselworld 2012 to see more of this one.
[Press Release] Konstantin Chaykin recently previewed his new Lunochod Retrograde at the Top Marques 2011 Exhibition in Shanghai. This new timepiece will next be presented at Basel 2012.
The Lunochod Retrograde timepiece is a tribute to Russian space exploration, innovation and engineering. “Lunokhod” or “moonwalker” (Луноход), was part of the Soviet Union space program and Lunokhod-1 was the first lunar rover to land on the Moon.
The heart of this complex timepiece is a fixed, three-dimensional spherical Moon with a silver hemisphere that rotates around it to indicate the lunar phase. The first Lunochod was represented by a 12mm ball made of wootz Damascus steel. In its updated version, the Moon is represented by a large, perfectly round saltwater pearl.
Prized for centuries, a perfectly round and smooth natural pearl is extremely rare. After examining hundreds of examples, Konstantin Chaykin discovered eight perfect 12mm saltwater pearls for each of his eight limited edition timepieces.
The technical design of the Lunochod Retrograde calibre was entirely conceived, designed and developed by Konstantin Chaykin. Integrating a spherical moon phase indicator presented a unique challenge and the calibre is the only mechanism to use a raw natural material as a functional element of the design. The new Lunochod calibre has been upgraded and refined. The hours are still displayed in the 12- and 24-hour format with a day/night indicator; however, the minutes are indicated by a retrograde scale located at the bottom of the dial.
Moon phases are continuous with equal intervals. A revolution period is 29 days, 15 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. The caliber is equipped with a patented Moon phase continuous correction device. Konstantin Chaykin was the first one in the world to introduce this innovative solution in a mechanical watch.
- Manufactory calibre equipped with a patented Moon phase continuous correction device
- 32 mm x 37 mm x 6.6 mm
- 21,600 wph
- 25 jewels
- Anchor escapement
- 48-hour power reserve
- Hand assembled, finished and polished
- 18-carat yellow gold
- 50 mm x 10.7 mm
- Sapphire crystal dial, sapphire crystal caseback
- Hand finished and polished
- Functions: Hours, minutes, lunar phases and day/night indication