To mark the 40th anniversary of its independent watch making tradition, ANDERSEN Genève has collaborated with Russian master watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin to release a white gold edition of the Automaton JOKER watch in a limited edition of 20 pieces only. It is the second timepiece from ANDERSEN Genève’s 40th anniversary series. This is also the second collaboration between the two independent watch makers.
In 2017, ANDERSEN Genève & Konstantin Chaykin joined forces and developed the Automaton JOKER.
A limited edition of 20 timepieces with 5N red gold case was released in 2018. This timepiece has two faces: front with the Joker face and the back with an Automaton and moving parts giving life to a lively scene when pushing the button.
It was the first collaboration between the co-founder of the AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants) Svend ANDERSEN and the back then President of the AHCI, Konstantin CHAYKIN. It was presented at Baselworld 2018 and instantly gained recognition from Watch Collectors & Press all around the world. It was selected for the Finals of the prestigious 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2018.
Following its success and demands from Collectors for a white gold version, a new limited edition of 20 timepieces with a white gold case is introduced in 2020.
Konstantin CHAYKIN Manufacture “JOKER”
At Baselworld 2017, Konstantin CHAYKIN presented the Joker timepiece with its exclusive way of telling time, thanks to the eyes of the Joker.
On top of that the moon phase is indicated on the dial at six o’clock, in the mouth of the Joker. This exclusive timepiece gained recognition within watch collectors immediately. It is sold out.
ANDERSEN Genève “Montre à Tact POKER”
ANDERSEN Genève “Montre à Tact” Poker is inspired by “A Bold Bluff”, a painting by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. Its miniature painting scene on the dial shows a scene of “Dogs playing Poker”.
Between 1903 and 1910, this American artist of the Belle Epoque created 16 oil-paintings of dogs in human poses. Nine of them were depicting dogs playing Poker. One of the Dogs from the Montre à Tact “Poker” from ANDERSEN Genève ended up on a new Table.
The Automaton JOKER
ANDERSEN Genève, being very famous for their EROS Automaton’s, created the first timepiece with a poker game scene on the back dial: the Automaton JOKER. Special attention to the smoothness of the movements of the parts has to be underlined; one of the most complex tasks to master with Automaton’s.
Every element of the scene has been cut, polished and painted by hand. This has been made possible thanks to the hundreds of hours spent by craftsmen. By the push of a button on the case at 8 o’clock, the Joker’s eyes, the dog, the man and the lady are in motion. The elements are moving and the scene lasts for around 2 minutes.
One can note that the eyes of the Joker are moving much slower than the hand holding the card or than the dog. The lady’s hand is moving much faster than the other moving elements while she is stealing chips; this is yes another very delicate achievement to have different speeds of the moving parts. Thanks to more than 20 years of making and assembling Automaton’s, the Automaton JOKER in motion displays very harmonious movements.
With the help of Konstantin CHAYKIN’s knowhow, a unique way of telling time appears on the front dial. The dial of the Automaton JOKER tells time like no other timepiece, thanks to the Joker’s eyes and, moon phase displayed in the mouth. To underline this Collaboration Konstantin CHAYKIN’s logo has been placed on top of the eyes while ANDERSEN Genève’s logo can be seen on the nose of the Joker.
Both logos and the text “ANDERSEN CHAYKIN” have been hand engraved by a master engraver in Geneva. The case of this timepiece has been made to measure in order to incorporate such a complex dial and the Automaton on the back. Very delicate moving hinges guarantee an utmost comfort on the wrist and a very elegant aesthetic outlook.