Konstantin Chaykin Santa Watch

Konstantin Chaykin has launched a special watch to mark the Christmas and New Year.

Twice the Russian watchmaker has celebrated the arrival of New Year according to the Chinese calendar, with 2019’s Unique Pig 2019 and the Mouse King of 2020. Now, he has created his own Christmas and New Year watch.

The first thing you notice about the Santa watch is the glasses on the dial. In fact, the glasses are now a quintessential part of the modern Santa Claus image, along with his long red coat, hat trimmed with white fur, and his grey-white beard and hair.

The glasses of the Santa watch increased the number of components on a dial to 18. So, the Russian master decided to modify the proprietary joker-indication module. Whereas in the standard movement (caliber K.07-0) the convex discs of the hour and minute indicators were installed above the moonphase indicator disc, in the new caliber K.07-2 all three discs are in one line.

Konstantin used shorter axles for the hour and minute indicators while also increasing the radius of the sphere (these discs always having a spherical surface). The Wristmons’ eyes have slightly decreased in size, visually compensated for by the sapphire lenses, as has the diameter of the lunar disc.

The face-like dial had to be redesigned, which was inevitable anyway given that Chaykin creates a new design for each new character of the Wristmons collection.

Among the more obvious elements of a watch made in honour of Santa are the bezel of the steel case, marked with the letters of the word ‘Santa’, and the steel caseback.

This, as well as the appropriate inscriptions regarding the name of the watch, the name of the watchmaker who created it, the material of the case, the country where the watch was made, and the number of the piece in the limited edition.

The case-back also features a carefully relief-engraved Christmas image portraying Santa carries gifts on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, flying over the snow-covered trees.

The red-lacquered box of the watch is also decorated with snowflakes. Hidden inside is a soft red leather case inspired by Santa’s gift bag.

The new Santa Strap continues the tradition of collectible straps, established by the Russian master with the invention of the Joker Tie-strap (2018). The one-of-a-kind Santa Strap is decorated with white appliqués, giving the look of Santa’s beard and hair. This perfectly matches watches with the joker-indication module, though in a regular watch such a strap would look too pretentious.

The Konstantin Chaykin Santa watch is a limited edition of 3 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Konstantin Chaykin Santa

Movement
Caliber K.07-2 with automatic winding
Base movement: Swiss-made Eta 2824-2
Module: by Konstantin Chaykin manufacture
Movement dimensions: Diameter 31.5mm, height 7.6mm (inc. module)
Escapement: Anchor
Balance frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour
Power reserve: 38 hours
Jewels: 33 (base movement – 25 jewels, module – 8 jewels)
Module parts: 61

Functions
Joker-time indication with disc indicators of hours and minutes, and

Case
Stainless steel
Diameter: 42mm
Height: 13.7mm
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, diameter 34.5mm
Case parts: 36

Dial
Finish: Guilloche, silver plating, multi-layered lacquer coating
Dial parts: 18

Strap
Exclusive collectible strap, red alligator leather with applied décor
Buckle: Manufactured by Konstantin Chaykin, standard, stainless steel

Edition
Limited edition of 3 pieces