Monday, February 20, 2012
It's a New Moon for Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Watch
Russian Watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin was so inspired by the 1970 success of Russian Scientists, who created and landed two unmanned lunar rovers on the moon, he named a collection of watches after the vehicles: Lunokhod.
When I asked, "What so inspired Konstantin Chaykin to use the name Lunokhod?"
He replied, "The main theme that inspired me was the proudness about the russian scientists that make a moon rover."
Not only was it the success of this endeavor that prompted him to use the name Lunokhod, but also its uncanny play on words for a watch of this kind.
As Konstantin Chaykin explained,
"First I create the movement that rotate the 3d Moon in the watch. But its design was close to Moon rover form and I desired to call the watch Lunokhod. In Russian it looks like play of words - Lunok - Moon hod - movement. It seems to me like a good idea."
Embedded in the very center of Russian Watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin's Lunokhod timepiece is the moon represented by a single pearl. The symbolism of moon as pearl is as old as time itself told around crackling fires in faraway lands. An ancient Indian Myth claims pearls are dewdrops from heaven captured by shellfish at dawn in the phase of a full moon. Looking up at the night sky a full moon softly bathing the world in its reflected light, one can imagine it as a large pearl The Lunokhod moon phases are indicated by a shutter, which slides across the pearl darkening its surface.
Konstantin Chaykin will release only 12 models of the Lunokhod in gold, priced at 110,000 Euros.
In a world where the art of mechanical watchmaking is increasing in leaps and bounds, Konstantin Chaykin has received quite a bit of notice. His watches exude a strength of character and watchmaking skill only accomplished by the highly talented and exceptionally competent watchmaker.
The next Konstantin Chaykin timepiece to excite the watch world is his enigmatic, "Mystery Watch". Mysterious because the dial hands are suspended in a transparent dial with out any conceivable support. To be unveiled at BaselWorld 2012.
In time my Blog about the Konstantin Chaykin Mystery Watch will reveal itself from its drafting board.