lot 08

Konstantin Chaykin


This lot has a reserve price
Estimate CHF 35 000 / CHF 55 000
Starting bid CHF 30 000

Hammer price CHF 46 000
Total bids 12
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CaseFerrous Bronze case, limitation number 02/08, "Smilodon" lettering on bezel, two "ears" crowns, titanium caseback with sapphire crystal, winding crown at 6 o'clock
StrapBrown original leather watchstrap with two-row perforation, engraved titanium buckle with two prongs
DialBronze-colored & decorated with 4 different kinds of guilloche, hour & minute indications via two regulateur "Eyes", moonphase petroglyphs indication via a window at 6 o'clock representing the "mouth", signed: Konstantin Chaykin
MovementRhodium-plated automatic movement
Movement No.Swiss-made Vaucher VMF 3002, modified
Case No.02/08
D=42 mm

Condition report

Case:New, unworn
Strap:New, unworn
Dial:Mint condition
Movement:All functions working properly
Amplitude (Dial on top/Lift angle 52):Approx 310°
Accuracy (Dial on top):Approx +10 sec/day


The Smilodon watch from Konstantin Chaykin's Wristmons collection, number 2/8. Released in 2023. Functions: joker-indication of hours and minutes, day-night indication, day of the week indication. Dial finished in four types of guilloche. Case 42 mm. in diameter, made from ferrous bronze, titanium caseback with sapphire crystal. Collectable natural leather watchstrap with two-row perforation, engraved titanium buckle with two prongs. Winding crown located in 6 o'clock position.

Lot Essay

Smilodon is the newest zoomorphic model in Konstantin Chaykin's Wristmons collection. Released to celebrate the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. The master was inspired by the image of the prehistoric saber-toothed tiger (Smilodon in Latin). The case and the dial both hint at the resemblance to this animal: the top lugs are shaped like tiger ears, and the combination of different types of guilloche on the dial imitates the predator's fur. The unique day of the week indicator, combined with the day-night indicator, was designed by Chaykin. It is located in the "mouth" of the Smilodon. The lower jaw opens in the morning and closes back up in the evening. The days of the week are represented by the images of prehistoric animals (camelops, mammoth, mastodon etc.), stylized by Chaykin to look like petroglyphs, the prehistoric cave paintings. Among them is a human petroglyph. The author intended it to represent Sunday, but the owner is of course free to choose which animal corresponds to which day for themselves.

Reasons to bid

The Smilodon watch was released as a limited edition of just eight pieces. Finding this creation of Konstantin Chaykin at an auction is a rare and precious opportunity. The watch features a unique function, a combined day of the week and day-night indicator, easily distinguished thanks to the moving part of the dial. This is one of the most complex dials with mechanical moving parts in Chaykin's collection.

*Under the aegis of Maître Marco Breitenmoser, Huissier Judiciaire