lot 03

Konstantin Chaykin


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

Starting bid CHF 15 000
Hammer price CHF 28 000
Total bids 19


CaseStainless steel case, limitation number 06/38, "Clown" lettering on bezel, two "ears" crowns
StrapBlack alligator strap with red stitching, original pin buckle
DialWhite dial with partial guillochage, hour and minute indication above regulator "eyes" red moon phase indication above window "mouth", signed "Konstantin Chaykin"
MovementRhodium-plated automatic movement
Case No.06/38

Condition report

Dial:Mint condition
Movement:All functions working properly
Amplitude (Dial on top/Lift angle 52):Approx 320°
Accuracy (Dial on top):Approx +5 sec/day


An unusual, spectacular and commemorative limited-edition wristwatch from the Wristmons collection of Konstantin Chaykin, the independent watchmaker, who began his career in 2003. Limited edition launched in 2021 as a tribute to Joseph Grimaldi, father of modern clownery, the present example purchased in 2022. Stainless steel case, diameter 42mm, thickness 13.7mm, dial with double-wave relief pattern, bezel with letters depicting the name of the watch, sapphire caseback. Caliber K.07-0, self-winding, mysterious disc rotor with applied tables depicting the names of the watch and watchmaker, power reserve up to 38 hours. Functions – Joker-indication with disc displays for hours, minutes and moon phase. Konstantin Chaykin black leather strap with red stitching, stainless steel Konstantin Chaykin pin buckle. Limited edition of 38 pieces.

Lot essay

Grimaldi the Clown is the third design of the Wristmon collection to represent a clown. Konstantin Chaykin created this design in 2021 with the desire to pay homage to Joseph Grimaldi, the great actor and comedian who actually invented the image of the clown that is commonly accepted today, making it the leading figure in a comic performance. The master carefully crafted a look that combines the features of the first Joker watch of 2017 with the classic features of Grimaldi’s stage face paint.

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, the moonphase indicator resembles a clown’s smiling mouth, with Grimaldi’s catchphrase “Here we are again”, which is still used in pantomime, pad-printed with transparent varnish on the moonphase indicator’s disc.

Konstantin Chaykin created this design in 2021 with the desire to pay homage to Joseph Grimaldi, the great actor and comedian who actually invented the image of the clown that is commonly accepted today

The Grimaldi the Clown 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.

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 Grimaldi the Clown watch 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 Grimaldi the Clown 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.