Details

An extremely attractive, spectacular and rare limited-edition wristwatch from the Wristmons collection of Konstantin Chaykin, the independent watchmaker, who began his career in 2003. Limited edition launched in 2019, the present example purchased in 2020. Stainless steel case, diameter 42mm, thickness 13.7mm, dial with double-wave relief pattern, bezel with letters depicting the name of the watch, solid stainless-steel caseback with relief engraving of a circus tent. Caliber K.07-0, self-winding, power reserve up to 38 hours. Functions – Joker-indication with disc displays for hours, minutes and moon phase. Konstantin Chaykin blue leather strap with yellow stitching, stainless steel Konstantin Chaykin pin buckle. Limited edition of 88 pieces.

Lot essay

The Clown design was created by Konstantin Chaykin in 2017, inspired by Stephen King’s ‘It’ novel and in anticipation of the premiere of Andres Muschietti’s film of the same name. This watch won the Audacity Prize of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2018, the most prestigious award in the watchmaking industry. To celebrate this success, Chaykin launched a special limited-edition Clown 2 Audacity, the present watch, in 2019, for which he developed a new design.

The present example is powered by the self-winding caliber K.07-0, developed by Konstantin Chaykin in 2017 for the steel Joker watch of the first limited edition, based on the Swiss-made Eta 2824-2 with an added in-house indication module. The characteristic feature of this watch and its caliber is its unique design with an anthropomorphic Joker-indication with disc indicators for the hours, minutes and moon phase. The hour and minute subdials look like the character’s eyes – in the Clown 2 Audacity, the eyes have a blue tint, like the eyes of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the character from the movie ‘It’, while the moonphase indicator resembles a clown’s smiling mouth. The Clown 2 Audacity is one of the characters in Konstantin Chaykin’s Wristmons collection. Every minute the position of the hour and minute subdials changes, and when combined with the smiling moonphase display changing its position every day, the Wristmon’s face-like dial constantly expresses a new emotion.

Every minute the position of the hour and minute subdials changes, and when combined with the smiling moonphase display changing its position every day, the wristmon’s face-like dial constantly expresses a new emotion.

Konstantin Chaykin works on his collection like an artist, striving to embody in it fresh technical, design or philosophical ideas. That is why he does not intend to fill the market with countless possible colour variations of the Joker watch, and also why the appearance of a truly new model is an excellent and very rare chance for a collector to acquire their own Wristmon. The one-of-a-kind design of the face-like dial is the main feature of both the Clown 2 Audacity and other Konstantin Chaykin Wristmons, and for this reason they are considered one of the most emotional, memorable and notable watches in the modern watch industry.

Reasons to bid

The Konstantin Chaykin Clown 2 Audacity Limited Edition would appear to be an extremely attractive purchase for the collector looking to obtain a highly unusual, sophisticated and emotional mechanical wristwatch from a renowned independent watchmaker, a member of the respected AHCI – Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants. The combination of the extraordinary design, memorable and instantly recognizable appearance and haute horlogerie execution and finishing undoubtedly adds to the appeal of this lot. Moreover, this is definitely a watch with a strong and distinctive character, and therefore it would also be an incredibly attractive daily wearer.