Konstantin Chaykin Quartime
The superb Quartime watch from Master Watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin is a remarkable timepiece which disrupts the common perception of time display and instead proposes a unique and novel dissection of the twenty-four hour cycle of the day, handmade in Russia by one of the world's most prodigious watchmaking innovators.
Quartime dissects the day into morning, day, evening and night and portrays the time in an arrangement which is at the same time such a familiar and simplistic concept to us as we go about our everyday lives, and yet one which is foreign to our eyes and confounds the notion of contemporary horological realisation.
Rotating at twice the conventional rate, Quartime's hour hand makes four circuits every day, which is broken into four six-hour periods by way of the jumping day 'phase' disc and hour disc, which flicks back and forth between two positions as the hour hand passes its uppermost zenith.
Encased in 18Kt rose gold Quartime features an immaculately appointed dial with contrasting hand guilloché decoration and gold bordered apertures. Through the sapphire caseback beats the fully in-house conceived and created Calibre KQR 01-3 manual winding movement. Essentially reimagining how the everyday can be interpreted and then engineering that solution, it is another Konstantin Chaykin achievement.
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 calibers 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 Quartime: Technical details
Calibre: KQR 01-3 manual winding manufactur
Escapement: lever (anchor)
Power Reserve: 45 hours
18K rose gold with sapphire crystal and exhibition caseback
Dimensions: diameter 40.4mm
Silver (or black lacquer) with hand guilloché and Clous de Paris decoration, oxidised blued steel hands with luminous tips (gold hands on black version)
Hours, minutes, decentralised small seconds, rotating 'day phase' and shifting hours disc
Gold-framed windows displaying hours and 'day phase', small seconds