lot 05

Konstantin Chaykin


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

Starting bid CHF 20 000
Hammer price CHF 41 000
Total bids 22


CaseStainless steel case, limitation number 08/38, "Minions" lettering on bezel, two "ears" crowns, "Minions" engraving on the rotor
StrapBlue textile (micro-denim material) with calf leather lining and contrasting yellow stitching, original pin buckle
DialYellow dial, hour and minute indication above regulator "eyes" red moon phase indication above window "mouth", signed "Konstantin Chaykin", Multi-layered lacquer coating, brass marker scale overlay with ruthenium coating
MovementRhodium-plated automatic movement
Case No.08/38

Condition report

Dial:Mint condition
Movement:All functions working properly
Amplitude (Dial on top/Lift angle 52):Approx 300°
Accuracy (Dial on top):Approx +10 sec/day


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 2021. Stainless steel case, diameter 40mm, thickness 13.5mm, bezel with letters depicting the name of the watch, sapphire caseback. Matt yellow dial, applied Minions’ spectacles with sapphire glasses. Caliber K.07-3, self-winding, personalised rotor with Minions logo and engraved image of the Minion Bob, power reserve up to 42 hours. Functions – Joker-indication with disc displays for hours, minutes and moon phase. Konstantin Chaykin blue leather and textile ‘jeans’ strap with yellow stitching, stainless steel Konstantin Chaykin pin buckle. Limited edition of 38 pieces.

Lot essay

The Minions Limited Edition watch was created by Konstantin Chaykin in 2021, inspired by the ‘Despicable Me’ movie series. From a technical point of view, this watch is a significantly modified version of the Joker watch and other Wristmons. In particular, the diameter of the steel case was reduced by 2mm to 40mm, the thinner Eta 2892-A2 was used as the base caliber, a new version of the Joker-indication module was developed for the watch – adapted to the design of the dial and the new base caliber, and the caseback received a sapphire window, through which the caliber with a personalized rotor is visible. The most intriguing design detail is the character’s spectacles, with real glasses carved from a sapphire crystal. Konstantin Chaykin was the first watchmaker to equip an anthropomorphic wristwatch dial with glasses, having done so for the first time in his 2020 Santa watch.

The Minions Limited Edition watch was created by Konstantin Chaykin in 2021, inspired by the ‘Despicable Me’ movie series.

The present example is powered by the self-winding caliber K.07-3, based on the Swiss-made Eta 2892-A2 with an added in-house indication module. This was originally developed by Konstantin Chaykin in 2017 for the steel Joker watch of the first limited edition, and modified for the present limited edition. The characteristic feature of the Minions watch and its caliber is the unique design, with an anthropomorphic Joker-indication with disc indicators for the hours, minutes and moon phase. The moonphase indicator resembles a smiling mouth, and the hour and minute subdials look like the character’s eyes – in the Minions watch, the eyes have a green and brown tint, just like the eyes of Bob, one of the Minions characters from the movie ‘Despicable Me 2’. 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. The Minions watch continues the range of characters in Konstantin Chaykin’s Wristmons collection, and was produced under license from Universal City Studios LLC.

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 unique design of the face-like dial is the main feature of both the Minions Limited Edition and other Wristmons from Konstantin Chaykin, 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 Minions 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 watchmaker, a member of the respected AHCI – Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants. The combination of the extraordinary design, dedicated to the world-renowned movie character, 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.