lot 09

Konstantin Chaykin

Minotaur Movement Sketch

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

Starting bid CHF 100
Hammer price CHF 1 700
Total bids 26


Dimensions: 320 x 240 mm


Paper, pencil

The artwork is paired with a unique NFT.

Lot essay

Konstantin Chaykin is constantly rethinking the constructions of his future movements, recording his ideas in pencil sketches. This is a sketch of the Minotaur watch's movement. The watchmaker invented and patented the two-disk day indicator especially for this watch. The sketch shows a design with two circles at the bottom of the movement.

The watchmaker invented and patented the two-disk day indicator especially for this watch

The watchmaker pays particular attention to the surfaces. Each part has a distinctive hatchwork, conveying the specifics of the movement's treatment and finishing when made in metal. According to the standards of haute horlogerie, every part should look perfect even if the movement is hidden in the case. This idea is also recorded in Chaykin's sketches.

Art of Movement

Konstantin Chaykin uses his drawings and sketches not only to imagine the future timepieces, but also to develop the movements. The master draws in his notebooks the individual knots and ideas of movements that can realize the functions he has invented. As a result, he makes a final sketch of the assembled caliber.

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.