Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime
The Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime is an incredible timepiece of extraordinary design, featuring a dominant spherical moon phase display in case of 18Kt rose gold and sapphire crystal from the hands of one of the world's most prodigious and respected watchmaking talents.
The Lunokhod was the name given to Russia's 1970s lunar rover, and its success deployment on the surface of the moon was a major source of national pride at a time when the space race was at its most intense, and years later the impression it left on Master Watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin would result in his own astonishing tribute to the famous space project.
Lunokhod Prime is a truly unique watch in which Konstantin Chaykin has captured a genuinely other-worldly persona with its alien form, this time in 18Kt rose gold, and the unfamiliar but intriguing configuration of its displays. Centre stage sits a dominating sapphire crystal dome and inside the perfectly spherical South Seas pearl moon. A hemispheric rhodium coated silver shell rotates fully around the lustrous orb to replicate the phases of the moon in a fabulous 3-dimensional display,
A sapphire dial reveals the exposed mechanical workings below, and the hours and minutes are displayed in separate panels around and beneath the centrepiece, with the retrograde minutes located beneath the moon and the hours in a semi-circular arc above. Using a rotating disc with gold sun and crescent moon symbols to indicate the hours, the 24 hour display quickly becomes familiar.
The proprietary KL1 04-1 manual winding calibre is visible through the sapphire crystal front and transparent exhibition caseback, and has been entirely conceived and created in house; its plates, bridges and tiny components fashioned in diminutive detail and lovingly hand finished to a standard only to be found from the finest watchmakers in the world, which Konstantin Chaykin surely is.
Considering the fact that Konstantin mastered his trade amid a disjointed Russian watchmaking industry with no formal training infrastructure to nurture new generations, the invention and improvisation - not to mention the absolutely meticulous finesse which goes in to every Konstantin Chaykin piece is pretty astonishing. Here are entirely new solutions to the art of watchmaking, using in house designs and hand made calibres which continue to push the frontiers of horology and Chronolux Fine Watches are excited to be appointed to offer these exceptional works of horologic art.
It's an honour to be able to work with this man. I have no doubt that he is one of a very small number of true inventors of horology still around today and his gift is both extraordinary and totally unique.
Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime: Technical details
Calibre: KL1 04-1
Power Reserve: 48 hours
18Kt rose gold with sapphire crystal dome and exhibition caseback
Dimensions: width 44mm, top to bottom 50mm, height 10.7mm
Hours, retrograde minutes, moon phase, am/pm
Sapphire crystal revealing inner workings of the movement, 24 hour am/pm display in rose gold panel, decentralized retrograde minutes, South Seas pearl moon