The Russian independent watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin operates his manufacture of watches from Moscow. He has increased his fame and popularity amongst watch collectors recent years thanks to the development and manufacture of some magnificent, grand complication timepieces. It is difficult not to be enchanted by the talent of this Russian master watchmaker.
Today we take a closer look at one of his earlier models, the Lunokhod watch, inspired by the Soviet-time unmanned space rover program “Lunokhod”. The watch launched at the 2011 BaselWorld.
Chaykin made the watch complication stand out, literarily. Aligned in the center of the watch is a 12 mm moon, the working lunar phase complication of the Lunokhod. The case measures a colossal 50 mm by 60 mm to fit the moon phase and the 24-hour time display. An index arm with the sun marks the PMs while the AMs are indicated by a second index arm bearing a moon, as seen on the photograph above.
A transparent crystal glass covers the case back granting views of the hand-built movement. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters, meaning you shouldn’t jump in the ocean wearing the watch. Retailing for € 79 000 you should probably think twice before even jumping in the pool. Nevertheless, we enjoy the Lunokhod watch for its ingenuity and size. This will make a nice addition to any watch collection.