lot 12

Konstantin Chaykin

Smilodon Sketch

This watch was featured at the "Timepieces and Art: Konstantin Chaykin" auction

Starting bid CHF 100
Hammer price CHF 2 000
Total bids 29


Dimensions: 320 x 240 mm


Paper, pencil, pastel

The artwork is paired with a unique NFT.

Lot essay

A representative of the Wristmons family is the Smilodon watch, which was given the features of Smilodon, or sabre-toothed tiger, a prehistoric predator that disappeared long ago. The authenticity of this model is concentrated in the unusual day-of-the-week indicator, which Chaykin has placed in the «mouth» of the Smilodon. 

The Smilodon watch was given the features of Smilodon, or sabre-toothed tiger, a prehistoric predator that disappeared long ago

Pastel strokes on the pencil outlines present the color palette of the Wristmon. The combination of the pencil sketch on the right and the detailed colored sketch on the left shows the evolution of the master's thought as he works on his new idea.

It's important to note that the sketch captures Chaykin's original idea of designing the lower lugs as tiger paws. Later it was abandoned and this detail was implemented in the classic style.

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.

In 2021, Chaykin created his first digital art project — the NFT-Joker. It represents the unstoppable time flow shaped as an ever-changing appearance of the Joker watch – 42,480 different computer images of the watch, changing minute by minute and marked by a unique emotion on the face-like dial.

The time has come to transfer the other Chaykin's artworks – paintings, watch and movements' sketches, blueprints – into the digital dimension.