In March 2011, the world-famous watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin introduced the exclusive Lunokhod watch with a realistic moon phase indicator. The master now presents an updated version of this timepiece.
The heart of this unique watch is still a small copy of the Moon. In the first version the Moon was represented by a ball made of wootz. It is now replaced with a large saltwater pearl.
The caliber of the new Lunokhod watch was completely designed and developed by Konstantin Chaykin Watch & Clock Atelier. Each part of the watch has been ground and polished by hand.
Nonstandard technical design of the mechanism is also determined by the need to set a spherical moon-phase indicator in motion. The ideally round pearl, 12 mm in diameter, is always fixed as the Moon itself relative to the Earth, and the change of phases is displayed by a silver half-sphere rotating around it, symbolizing the shaded part of the Earth satellite.
Moon phases replace each other continuously, with equal intervals. Revolution period is 29 days, 15 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds. The unique caliber is equipped with a patented, Moon phase continuous correction device. Konstantin Chaykin was the first one in the world to introduce this innovative solution in a mechanical watch.
Dressed in a luxurious case made of 18-karat gold, the new Lunokhod has undergone a number of other improvements. Now, minutes are indicated by a retrograde scale located at the bottom of the dial.
Hours are still displayed in the 12 and 24 hour format. Watch dial is a transparent sapphire glass revealing the “mechanical lace” made of hundreds of continuously interacting components.