lot 08

Konstantin Chaykin

Minotaur Sketch

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

Starting bid CHF 100
Hammer price CHF 1 400
Total bids 23


Dimensions: 320 x 240 mm


Paper, pencil.

The artwork is paired with a unique NFT.

Lot essay

This Chaykin's sketch of the Minotaur watch, inspired by the famous Greek myth about the fantastic creature with a bull's head, shows all the main details of this piece. The master has realized the «features» of the Minotaur in every part of the watch. 

The nostrils, covered by sapphire crystal lenses, are nothing but a two-disk weekday indicator invented by Chaykin.

The Minotaur's eyes have the similar to other Wristmons function — they are actually hour and minute indicators. The nostrils, covered by sapphire crystal lenses, are nothing but a two-disk weekday indicator invented by Chaykin. 

The artist has carefully sketched a combination of different textures of the dial's finishing, giving the watch an astonishing expressiveness and volume.

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.