Scandinavian luxury watch maker GoS unveils, Bifrost Isblå – the first model from its Bifrost collection that features Johan Gustafsson’s newly developed “high contrast” stainless Damascus steel.
Bifrost is the poetic name of the sacred rainbow bridge in Norse mythology. The rainbow bridge was thought to connect the earth (Midgård) and the realm of the gods (Asgård). GoS tempered Damascus steel dials require natural light to generate their dynamic colours, much in the same way that a rainbow appears only when light shines through the moist air.
Isblå is the first model to be featured in the Bifrost collection and captures the blue nuances that can be found in thick ice. Every watch is a unique piece and is numbered in sequence and every Bifrost model is limited to 25pcs and will be followed by further colour themed models.
Johan Gustafsson invented the “high contrast” stainless Damascus steel and refined the creation process during the autumn of 2013. There are only a handful of blade smiths who have succeeded in making pattern-welded stainless steel. However, Johan has taken it to the level where he is now able to create the same kind of dense and expressive patterns in his new stainless Damascus steel as when he is working in carbon based steel.
The Bifrost collection uses the new steel in both the case and the rotor, which is shaped as the GoS triskele symbol. The design of the case and case back is such that the weight of the rotor will be hidden, showing only the movement and the triskele Damascus steel rotor. The GoS triskele is a triple blade shape with a design that is loosely based on triskele symbols that are common in ancient Nordic and Celtic symbols. One of the most famous of these symbols is the interlinked triple horn that symbolise the god Oden (and his drinking habits).
One unique feature of the GoS cases is the larger diameter of the case back and bezels, which we use to highlight the curved surface of the Damascus steel case core as the steel pattern is mirrored in the high gloss, polished finish.
The hands of the Bifrost Isblå are made in solid white gold and have the GoS sword shape that premiered in the Stockholm model. All hands and index rings are hand finished with polished bevels.
The Bifrost Isblå comes with a strap in soft, black nubuck. The matte surface of the straps blends well with the Damascus steel finish of the case. These handmade GoS straps are fitted with screwed lugs and are paired with a stainless steel GoS buckle.
Bifrost Isblå No2-No8 will be available for delivery in June 2014, at an estimated retail price of US$12,600.
Model: GoS Bifrost – Isblå
Case: Stainless steel and stainless “high contrast” Damascus steel 42.5mmx9.5mm (5ATM)
Lug width: 22mm
Glass: Flat sapphire glass with AR coating
Movement: Swiss automatic – Soprod A10
Movement refinement: Finished with circular Geneva stripes and specified to chronometer grade.
Movement customization: GoS symbol Damascus steel rotor
Dial: Solid Damascus steel tempered to an ice blue nuance
Index ring/rehaut: Solid 18K white gold
Hands: Solid 18K white gold shaped and polished by hand
Crown: 8mm in fine grained stainless Damascus stainless steel, double gasket crown inset
Case finishing: “High contrast” stainless Damascus steel, high gloss polished with GoS logo engraved on case side.
Case back finished with circular grains
Strap: Handcrafted soft nubuck leather, fitted with GoS stainless steel buckle
Every watch engraved with its production number
Two year guarantee
Individually crafted box in svepask technique of birch wood
Coloured with natural pigments mixed in linseed oil
Covered with high grade natural wax and polished to a deep finish