«Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas», «vanity of vanities; all is vanity.!», Warned God-fearing artists of the Baroque era. But Konstantin Chaykin adds to this life-affirming motto: «Carpe Diem!»
The ancient Greeks represented time in the form of titan Kronos. They portrayed him in the form of a
gray-haired old man in a hood with a scythe. This is how the Ukrainian painter George Narbut painted
the time in his horror-obsessed picture of seen in the fields of World War I in 1916.
This painting inspired Konstantin Chaykin to create the «Carpe Diem» watch dial. Reigning on a star-studded sky, the winged Kronos, leans on the dial with the hour hand and on the hourglass, counting the course of minutes, measures life time for people. The fragility of human life is emphasized by the skull, which refers us to the philosophy of still lifes vanitas, which condemn the futility of earthly life and glorify the romance of death.
Kronos bestows and takes away life, which drifts away like grains of sand through an hourglass.
Therefore, the only way to catch a lucky break is to catch every moment. So go ahead – «Carpe Diem!»
The main idea behind the Carpe Diem Watch is to embody the abstract idea of time using classic metaphors from the Western canon. The symbols included in Konstantin’s design hark back to paintings by Bartholomäus Bruyn the Elder, Pieter Claesz and Heorhiy Narbut. The main character in the Carpe Diem Watch is the ancient god Chronos, who had birthed Time, the first element of Creation. He is depicted in a personal and vivid form: lost in thought, with deep wrinkles on his forehead, Chronos is enthroned on the miniature dial that only indicates hours. In one hand Chronos wields a scythe and his other hand rests on an hourglass. A starry night sky in the background symbolizes the cosmic nature of time.
The technical innovation in the Carpe Diem Watch is the patented mechanism by Konstantin Chaykin: using a few shutters Konstantin was able to create the illusion of sand flowing through an hourglass.
In the Carpe Diem Watch, the moving sand serves as the minute indicator. Hours are indicated by a hand contained in a miniature dial decorated with a monogram. The Carpe Diem Watch also includes a day of the week indicator, where each day is indicated by the appropriate astrological sign.
Konstantin invented and patented a new calibre, the K 01-4 for the Carpe Diem Watch, a caliber which belongs to his line of movements to tell time in non-standards ways of indication. The bridges in the Carpe Diem are decorated with ‘côtes de Genève’, the escapement wheel is gold, and the gleaming barrel wheel and winding wheels are perfectly polished. The work of the balance is visible through the sapphire glass back. The case is hand-engraved, while the decorations and the image of Chronos are patinated.
K 01-4, escapement: anchor
38,6 х 10,4 mm, Jewels: 17, Power Reserve: 48 hours
brass, stainless steel, bronze, gold
diameter 45mm, rose gold
hours, animated minute indication in the form of an hourglass (1 full cycle per 60 minutes) minutes, days of the week indication using astrological symbols
diameter 38,1mm, Materials: brass, silver, gold, stone (magnesite)