Konstantin Chaykin Russian Time. Krusenstern
The Konstantin Chaykin Russian Time. Krusenstern displays all of Russia’s 11 time zones as well as a world time display on its reverse. This unique piece is highly unusual and illustrates why Konstantin Chaykin is one of the most interesting watchmaking talents in existence today.
This detailed review of the Konstantin Chaykin Russian Time. Krusenstern includes numerous images, specification details and pricing.
Ever since Louis Cottier began incorporating world time mechanisms within wristwatches, numerous watch companies have presented the complication in an array of formats. Some watch brands deliver the world time complication in humble metals, while other companies present the a world time in sumptuous noble metals with a notable dose of luxury conferred.
Konstantin Chaykin, the über-talented Russian watchmaker, has never followed in the footsteps of others, always choosing to create his own highly unique and spellbinding creations. The Russian Time. Krusenstern presents a world time complication on its reverse with the customary 24 cities specified. However, where Mr Chaykin’s watch differs is that it also displays all of Russia’s 11 time zones on its main dial.
The hour and minute hands are open worked with prominent triangular tips. Encircling the dial is an hour track, featuring Roman numerals and small black strokes in between. The dial incorporates two arc-shaped apertures.
Both apertures reveal a bi-colour ring. The light section denotes the daylight hours and the dark area indicates the nocturnal hours. The upper aperture shows the hour below the corresponding city. All text is presented in Cyrillic script, a reminder that this watch is primarily intended for Russian residents. At the centre of the dial is an artistic, engraved scene.
The lower area of the dial shows a colourful, enamel map of Russia with golden lines which emanate towards the second aperture and the prevailing hour in each location. Both displays effectively show the same information but use different means, text and pictorial depiction, to convey the relevant data.
The name of the timepiece pays homage to Adam Johann von Krusenstern who ‘was the first representative of the Russian Empire to complete a voyage around the world (1803 – 1806). The voyage took place using two vessels, the ‘Nadezhda’ (Hope) and the ‘Neva’. Both of these ships are depicted on each case band.
The path of both ships is shown in relief on the case band adjacent 9 o’clock and vies with elaborate engravings to captivate the wearer’s eyes. And captivate it most certainly does. Each case band is a jaw-dropping spectacle and illustrates the amazing proficiency of the engraver who has worked on the case, bestowing an artistic permanence courtesy of deft use of hand.
Encircling the bezel is a castellation-like motif which captures light and creates delightful pockets of brilliance and shade.
The rear of the case is equipped with a sapphire crystal according sight of the second display.
The second display & movement
The second display is a conventional world time display. Twenty-four cities are specified on the case encircling the sapphire crystal. Beneath the pane of sapphire crystal, a bi-colour rotating disc shows the corresponding hour in each of the 24 locales. The bi-colour disc, in common with the displays to the front of the watch, denotes daylight and nocturnal hours with light and dark tones, respectively.
The ratchet wheel of the hand-wound movement is elaborately engraved. Several jewels are set in gold chatons.
Much of the gear train is hidden beneath a large bridge which is a shame as I always like to see snailed wheels at play. Nevertheless, this is a beautifully executed movement. Indeed, the aforementioned large bridge is adorned with gorgeous Côtes de Genève motif.
There is only one Russian Time. Krusenstern, albeit a simpler, Russian Time model is available in steel. This latter model eschews some of the fine engraving, enamelling, world timer and precious metal, however, it is more affordable as a result at €15,800 (RRP as at 9.1.2017).
Personally, the Russian Time. Krusenstern has engaged with my heart, courtesy of its unusual design and colossal dose of creativity. I applaud the ingenuity employed in the creation of such a timepiece. Moreover, it is beautifully made with a gorgeous case and delightfully executed movement.
If Russia is home, or you have a need to closely monitor time in Russia, then this may well be the timepiece for you. Moreover, with 11 time zones to the front of the watch and 24 time zones displayed to the rear, the wearer of this timepiece has all the time in the world.
- Model: Konstantin Chaykin Russian Time. Krusenstern
- Case: 18-carat rose gold; diameter 44.00 mm; height 13mm; sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; local hour indication in 11 Russian time zones; local hour indication in 11 Russian time cities; day / night indication; world time indication.
- Movement: Caliber K01-7, hand-wound movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3 Hz); 19 jewels; power reserve 48 hours.
- Strap: Leather strap presented on 18-carat rose pin buckle.
- Price: €47,000 (RRP as at 9.1.2017)
- Limited Edition: Piece Unique