Hands-On: Angus Davies gets hands-on with the GoS Sarek Midnight Blue.
This detailed review of the GoS Sarek Midnight Blue includes live pictures, specification and pricing.
In the 1970s, Volvo made cars unlike any other company. I remember as a child marvelling at these cars which featured heated seats, daylight running lights and signalled a warning if the seat belts weren’t fastened. Today, many cars have these features but back in the mid 70s, these specification details were quite remarkable. Indeed, these robust Swedish cars were unique.
Now, I look to this Scandinavian country once more, albeit this time for horological originality. GoS are unlike any other timepiece on the market. They are imbued with an empathy for nature and pay reverence to Viking history.
Patrik Sjögren, a Swedish national, has gained an enviable reputation for creating unique timepieces. Each watch successfully uses hand-forged Damascus steel to equip the dial with a captivating mien. The remarkable Damascus steel is skilfully manipulated by Patrik’s colleague, Johan Gustafsson, a ‘Master Bladesmith’. The dial of each watch references the seasons or, as in this instance, the nocturnal views of the Sarek National Park in Sweden.
The hilly landscape of the Sarek National Park is punctuated with fast flowing streams, an aspect which Patrik has artfully captured with the dial of the Sarek Midnight Blue. Each dial is subjected to high temperatures, tempering the stainless steel, which in turn enhances corrosion resistance and suffuses the metal with a myriad of shades.
From some angles the dial evinces vivid blues and brooding blacks. Alternatively, when the watch is held in a different position the dial appears to be anthracite or exhibits various tonal shades of grey. The changing appearance of the dial reflects the land’s interaction with light and its differing appearance when viewed at various times of the day or from alternative angles.
The pattern on the dial resembles pools of water with ever decreasing circles, imbuing it with a mesmerising dynamic quality. This dial feels special.
The hours and minutes are imparted with GoS spear shape hands. They gleam beautifully, courtesy of the highly polished rhodium finish. A lithe central seconds hand provides a lovely juxtaposition with the plump hour and minute hands. Both the minute hand and central seconds hand kiss the twin-layered rehaut. The design of the rehaut is said to be inspired by Viking bracelets.
At noon, a plinth proclaims the maker’s name.
Despite the numerous dial details, everything coexists harmoniously. Moreover, the dial and hands collaborate effectively to deliver excellent readability.
The stainless steel case measures 43mm in diameter and has a depth of 10.5mm. The bezel is brushed while other surfaces are highly polished. The case-band features an intricate pattern and is inspired by Viking bracelets. Its ridged motif invites the wearer to paw at its fascinating texture.
Patrik has expended much energy looking at minute details. The crown is highly polished with satin-finished grooves. It measures 7mm in diameter, allowing simple operation without chafing the wrist.
The GoS Sarek Midnight Blue is supplied on a black moose leather strap which effervesces with abundant eye-appeal.
GoS has looked to Switzerland for the source of its movement. The Soprod A10 is widely used within the watch industry. In this instance, GoS has enhanced the movement with its own GoS ‘triskele’ rotor composed of three spokes, each presented in ‘dark satinized’ glory. Affixed to the rotor is an additional counter weight which is made of German silver and engraved with the name of the model.
The balance has a frequency of 28,800 VpH (4Hz) and the movement contains 25 jewels. The sole spring barrel is capable of delivering 42 hours of autonomous operation.
The GoS Sarek Midnight Blue is unlike any other watch on the market. It is the product of artisanal endeavour. The remarkable Damascus steel is skilfully manipulated by Johan while the remaining elements of the watch are the responsibility of Patrik. The two men employ deft skill to produce an eye-catching timepiece worthy of praise.
Beyond the captivating appearance of the dial, the case is exquisitely executed with crisp and comely detail on the case-band and numerous smooth, polished surfaces. Patrik, an exceptional watchmaker, has enhanced the Soprod A10 in his own distinctive Scandinavian style.
The Scandinavian duo, Patrik and Johan, have blended their respective skillset to synergistic effect. In so doing, the talented pair have achieved notable success, crafting watches with a decidedly individual aesthetic. These individual watches could only be crafted in Scandinavia and, similar to the Volvo cars I loved as a child, I personally find such uniqueness very appealing.
• Case: Stainless steel; diameter 43mm; sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
• Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds
• Movement: Soprod A10; Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 VpH (4Hz); 25 jewels; power reserve 42 hours.
• Strap: Black moose leather strap with stainless steel pin buckle
• Price: US$9,500 + taxes (RRP as at 31.12.2017)
Angus is a self-confessed watch addict and is frequently asked to contribute to various printed magazines and websites around the globe. He also writes for individual watch companies on matters of horology and has appeared on television and radio as an industry expert.