The independent German watch brand KUDOKE in collaboration with Christopher Daaboul of EsperLuxe has created a special edition timepiece: the Kudoke 2 Grüner Wald Sonderedition (Green Forest Special Edition).
The name for this Esperluxe exclusive relates to the dial’s color, a deep textured green inspired by Stefan’s forest surroundings in the German watchmaking haven of Saxony. But more than dial color variation, this special edition is really about the watchmaker’s specialty: hand-engraving.
While understated, the dial features a frosted green that can be described as a deep teal color. It is grained to achieve a coarser texture that reflects beautifully in various lighting. The Grüner Wald also features the unusual and quite creative, mirror polished, infinity-symbol hour hand accompanying a raised chapter ring for the minutes.
The timepiece retains the eye-catching design emblem of the Kudoke 2: its day-night indicator at 12 o’clock. It’s a stunning visual highlighted by the domed disk with hand-engraved gold plating to represent the day, and white and black rhodium for night.
If the dial side of KUDOKE 2 represents more subtlety and elegance, the caseback displays the overt look of artisanal craftsmanship. Stefan’s first in-house caliber, KALIBER 1, is used in the KUDOKE 2, and makes its link to 19th century, English pocket watches with gilded bridges and a large, hand-engraved balance cock across the center of the movement.
Born in cooperation with fellow independent, Habring2, as well as several other skilled partners from Saxony, Germany and Switzerland supplying unfinished components, the movement is robust, reliable, and exceptionally well finished.
In addition, Grüner Waldsonder Edition’s movement showcases Kudoke’s superior hand engraving skills. Beyond the standard hand-engraved balance cock on the Kudoke 2, this Sonderedition features a hand engraving on the main bridges as well in the ultimate style of relief engraving. What distinguishes relief work from other styles is the removal of negative space, leaving a raised design. One can notice the quality of Kudoke’s work through the clean sharp sidewalls and flat bottom of the engraving.
Accompanying the floral engraving work is the “Sonderedition” designation as special edition in German, along with the plaque indicating the limited “one of ten” description. Lastly, a subtle EL is hand-engraved representing the EsperLuxe branding.
The KUDOKE 2 Grüner Wald Sonderedition is a special edition of 10 pieces available exclusively from EsperLuxe delivering November 2020 and retailing $12,000.
39 mm stainless steel case with sapphire crystals dial and case back side
Frosted forest green dial, with hand-engraved 24 hour day/night indicator
Signature mirror polished infinity hands
Manual Winding KALBER 1
Power Reserve: 46 hours
Movement constructed in collaboration with Habring2
Finishing and decoration: The movement is hand finished with beveled angles and relief engraved with gilded plates as well as a hand-engraved balance cock.
Stone suede strap and includes an additional brown calf grained leather strap