All of our watches and clocks include complications invented by Konstantin Chaykin; inventions which are unique in the horological world. Take, for instance, the astronomical clock ‘Resurrection’ with Easter calendar Konstantin Chaykin invented in 2007. This is the only timepiece in the world capable of tracking the dates of Orthodox Easter. Moreover, this movement provides the dates according to both the Julian and the Gregorian calendars (patent pending in Russia – 2306618). Konstantin Chaykin needed several years just to design and perfect the arrow which indicates the changing dates of Orthodox Easter every year.
As a matter of fact, Konstantin Chaykin already has 17 patents for various watch and clock complications. At the time of writing, the Konstantin Chaykin Manufactory has 26 calibres of its own, a number that many century-old watchmakers have yet to reach. There are many famous watchmakers and endless complications: it might seem as if there is nothing new left to say. And yet, here at the Konstantin Chaykin Manufacture we continue to invent new complications and movements – in 2012 we have filed 12 patent applications for watch and clock movements.
A WATCH IS BORN
A first-time visitor to the Konstantin Chaykin manufacture might only notice the tapping of hammers and the hum of machinery. A lover of fine watches will hear the sounds of miniature worlds coming alive: worlds which will come to life on the wrists of their fortunate bearers. These watches will keep the secrets and share joys and sorrows of their owners. Yet, the path from inception to our wrists is long. And it begins with inspiration.
Each watch is born spontaneously. Inspiration comes from all around us: a starlit evening, a chance phrase, a beloved book. The master is inspired to transpose these thoughts to the rhythm of timepiece movements, to the visual essence of the case. And so, he draws and describes his ideas, and then the designers create 3-D models. And the watchmakers start creating potential movements, creating fantastic new solutions to embody the soul of the new timepiece.
Then come the prototypes. Our own watchmakers create every detail, from the plate, the bridges, to the wheels, to the calendar discs. Then all of the movements undergo heat treatment and then they are shaped and polished further on state-of-the-art computer-controlled lathes. Throughout the process, our masters are checking and re-checking results and fine-tuning procedures. Thorough testing leads to ideal results. And this might take months, or even years.
At the next stage, the watchmakers finish the watches and clocks manually. The work is so detailed and the individual pieces are so tiny, that you would need a jeweler's eyeglass to appreciate the engraving, the guilloche work, pearl graining, the mirror polish. Beautiful as these details are, they are all perfectly functional and guaranteed to last for many years of uninterrupted work.
Hand finishing ensures final touches which are impossible to achieve even on the best of modern machinery. Moreover, it allows each watchmaker to add individual touches; the living touches which give our watches life.
Assembling the movements is an art in itself. Assembly requires incredible concentration, since some details are finer than the human hair. Once the movements are assembled, the dial completes the image. Then the hands are installed, the watch is fine-tuned, the bracelet is attached.
Finally, the completed watch undergoes a detailed examination in our test laboratory. Here we run a series of tests and visual examinations to ensure that each individual part meets and exceeds our standards for quality. We cannot allow any watch or clock out into the world until it is as close to perfection as we can make it.
And so, a watch is born…