Lot Essay

An original sketch of Konstantin Chaykin's Mouse King watch. 2023. Watercolor paper, pencil, watercolors.

A sketch of Konstantin Chaykin's Mouse King Wristmon, released in 2020 in celebration of the year of the Rat in Chinese calendar. The master was inspired by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman fairy tale "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King". The sketch is done in pencil and watercolors. The watchmaker was able to use these tools to depict the guilloche technique which was used on the Wrismon's dial. The dial was finished with three different types of guilloche, and the master found watercolor shades which produced a very similar effect. The texture of the matte surface of the titanium case is also exquisitely convincing.

Wristmons Art Collection

The Wristmons is the most famous among all Konstantin Chaykin's collections. The idea of making face-like dials was revolutionary for watchmaking industry.

Thanks to the continuous motion of the indicators, the emotions portrayed change literally every second. It is not surprising that this idea provides a source of endless inspiration for Wristmon's new looks. They are embodied not only in the new watches that join the collection every year, but also in dozens of drawings and sketches.

About the Author

Konstantin Chaykin is a famous watchmaker and inventor who has the greatest number of inventions and watch complications among his colleagues all around the world.

Moreover, Chaykin is also a great graphic artist. All of his timepieces and inventions began with sketches and drawings that he made in countless "moleskins". One may consider them a "chronicle" of his Manufacture. It is not surprising that it was Chaykin who created the world's first self-portrait watch, the Selfie Joker, the dial design of which reflects the features and traits of its creator.

*Under the aegis of Maître Marco Breitenmoser, Huissier Judiciaire