Konstantin Chaykin expands his Wristmons collection by introducing Kolobok, a new limited edition watch inspired by the main character of an East Slavic fairy-tale with the same name.
Also called Little Round Bun or The Runaway Bun, this folk story portrays Kolobok as a small yellow spherical bread-like being. Although the image of the Kolobok has been personified by many artists, his personality remains same: round, golden yellow body, wide-eyes and broad smile.
To create the Kolobok Wristmons watch, Konstantin Chaykin selected the image at the so-called “crossroads of meanings”. The Kolobok is quite similar to cartoon characters, so the master made him especially “wide-eyed” by enlarging the dimensions of the pupils, representing the hour and minute indicators of his Joker-indication module.
The pupils are bright blue on a glossy white background, with the rim of the hour and minute scales slightly protruding above the surface of the dial as if the Kolobok’s “eyes” are bulging after being pleasantly surprised. The character’s nose resembles a small lump of dough.
The dial is somewhat convex, rounded in order to give it the feel of plump dough. The perfectly gradient surface finishing of the dial evokes the ruddy crust of warm, freshly baked bread. It is lighter in the center and darker closer to the edges. The addition of mother-of-pearl dust gives the dial a soft, warm, and very attractive glow.
The Kolobok’s smile is broader and more cheerful than that found on other Wristmons. His white-toothed “mouth” isn’t only the familiar moonphase indicator (depicted by an open-worked yellow circle), but simultaneously the day of the week indicator.
The days are played by the iconic heroes of the fairy tale that is, the Grandpa, Grandma, the rabbit, wolf, bear, fox, and even the Kolobok himself. The owner of the watch decides which of the characters will designate the first day of the week.
The 40mm steel case houses the K.18-20 caliber with automatic winding based on the modified Swiss-made ETA 2892-A2, supplemented by a manufacture produced module. Its 15-part gilded rotor can be viewed through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.
The meticulously crafted winding rotor boasts an astonishing design inspired by the famous fairy tale. Right in the center is the sun radiating like a medieval print with almond-shaped eyes under rounded eyebrows, clearly defined lips curled in a slight smile, and short triangular rays.
In Slavic tradition, round pastries like pancakes, loaves of bread, and those little round buns symbolized exactly the sun. On one side (right next to the sun) is a cozy hut, with a birch tree on the other.
The rotor is a blend of gilding and several different types of finishes. The sun, the hut, and the birch tree are polished and contrast with the rest of the surface of the sandblasted rotor.
The lower portion of the rotor contains a curved polished plate with the engraved name of the watch, typed in stylized Cyrillic letters. The engraving is repeated at the top of the steel rim on the back cover of the Wristmon’s case.
For designing the crown of Kolobok, Konstantin Chaykin took inspiration from his Stargazer watch.
Exclusively created for the Only Watch 2023 charity auction, Stargazer is one of the most complicated wristwatches in the world. Its crown is made in the shape of the sun with rays of various sizes and a traditional engraved logo in the center.
Limited to 99 pieces, the Kolobok watch comes with an alligator leather strap enhanced with a bright yellow lining and stitching. The buckle, produced by the Konstantin Chaykin manufacture, is classic in style, made of stainless steel.
Model: Konstantin Chaykin Kolobok Limited Edition
Caliber K.18-20 with automatic winding
Basic movement modified Swiss-made ETA 2892-A2
Joker display module produced by the Konstantin Chaykin manufacture
Movement dimensions 31.5 mm diameter, 9.03 mm thickness (with display discs),
7.65 mm (without display discs)
Balance wheel frequency 28,800 VPH
Power reserve 42 hours
Number of jewels 29 (basic movement – 21 jewels, module – 8 jewels)
Number of module parts 80
Joker-time with disc indicators for the hours (left) and minutes (right)
Day of the week indicator
Stainless steel case
Case dimensions: 40 mm diameter, 12.6 mm thickness
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating
Number of case parts: 40
Stainless steel caseback with a sapphire crystal
Finish: Multi-layer gradient varnishing
Number of dial parts: 8
Black alligator leather with a lining made of calfskin, contrasting yellow stitching
Stainless steel buckle produced by the Konstantin Chaykin manufacture
Limited edition of 99 pieces