The Konstantin Chaykin LUNOKHOD is a spectacular timepiece which wrote a new chapter in the history of horology by the way it displays the most beautiful complication, the Moon Phase.
The New Moon was brought by Konstantin Chaykin into the world of watchmaking. Its tiny model, a 12-millimeter wootz ball, is placed at the center of the dial.
As well as the Orb of Night is always drawn to us with one of its part the lunar globe in Konstantin Chaykin watch is fixed, and changing of phases is displayed by rotating around of a silver half-sphere, covered with black rhodium, which symbolize the shaded part of the Earth’s satellite. Such innovative solution of lunar phases indication is used for the first time. The watch got its name in honor of heroic achievements of the Soviet space navigation in the Moon opening up.
For the case of the Moon watch Konstantin Chaykin chose an unusual material – wootz. And there is good reason. Complex patterned structure of this amazing steel recalls the relief of lunar surface. Large 50 mm diameter watch made of the metal used for centuries in gunnery looks very manly.
Wootz used for the case is made by one of the best gunsmiths in Russia, expert on damask steel and wootz, Sergey Lunev. And the case appearance is designed by Konstantin Chaykin and designer Vikenty Gryaznov. As planned by the developers the watch in profile resembles outlines of a lunar rover.
Manufactory caliber of the watch Lunokhod is completely designed and developed by Konstantin Chaykin. Each part was polished by hand, in the best tradition of watchmaking. Non-standard technical device is caused by need to drive the large spherical lunar phases indicator – maestro’s patented invention.
Material for the winding and drum wheels is ancient Indian wootz. The back cover is transparent to allow observing of complex and amazing life of micro details which drive the whole movement.
Lunokhod was a self-moving scout-machine which first in the history worked for a long time on the surface of a celestial body.
On 17 November 1970, Lunokhod-1 was delivered to the Moon by the automatic interplanetary station “Luna-17” and landed on the territory of the lunar Mare Imbrium. Planet rover worked on the lunar surface from 11/17/1970 to 10/04/1971 – three times longer than initially calculated for its life. During its work it investigated 80 000 sq. meters of the lunar surface and the distance traveled was 10 km 540 m.
Model: Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod
Size: 32mm x 37 mmx 6,6 mm
Balance vibration frequency: 21 600 vph
Power reserve: 48 hours
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Size: 50 mm in diameter, thickness – 10,7 mm