Always elegant and fast, in a short tunic, with an invariable quiver of arrows, Diana was revered in ancient Rome as the goddess of hunting and the patroness of animals. And if her twin brother Apollo personified the Sun for the Romans, then the beautiful hunter was revered as the goddess of the Moon.
This division is deeply symbolic: according to the beliefs of ancient peoples, it was the Moon associated with femininity, and the Sun – with masculinity. The night luminary with its mysterious light and the ability to influence the ebb and flow of human life has fascinated people for a long time and caused curiosity in many nations. Therefore, the oldest of the calendars – lunar – was used by ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Chinese as the basis for their chronology. And only 500 years ago the lunar calendar was superseded by the sunny – the Gregorian day we know today.
However, masters of watchmaking willingly equip women’s watches with the moon phases indicators nowadays, knowing that this is the most poetic and feminine complication in the watch!
Konstantin Chaykin looked at the watch with the lunar calendar in a different way – in the model “Diana” there is neither a starry sky nor the “chariot of the night” itself. Diana is an elegant allegory on the eternal theme, the solution of which lies at the intersection of the silver guilloche dial and the hand with the ring instead of the tip.
Konstantin Chaykin is already famous for his unique mechanical complications, and in the Diana Watch he has created a new masterpiece exclusively for women. Gold and diamonds, beloved by women everywhere, are merely decorations for a show based on a new complicated mechanism. The central invention is an original method to keep track of the mysterious Moon.
Almost half of the face is covered with a fantastically-shaped rhodium covered lake. The face itself, with its light and dark zones is the location of the unique moon phase indicator. The Moon is represented as an extra hand designed to resemble the Mirror of Venus. As this hollow ‘mirror’ moves it encircles different areas of the bright lake on the face, and as a result the different combinations of light and dark surfaces identify the phases of the Moon.
Telling ‘Moon’ time is easy using the Diana Watch. When the ‘mirror’ is at the 6 o’clock position, the entire mirror is filled with light, which signifies that the Moon is full.
Naturally, when the Moon is new, the entire mirror is dark. All of the other phases of the waxing and waning Moon are indicated by how much bright surface versus dark surface is encircled by the ‘mirror’.
The Konstantin Chaykin Manufacture places great emphasis on the design and finish of every detail in the case and the movement. The Diana Watch includes a new and unique proprietary caliber with a hand-wound movement containing carefully polished details. The plates of the movement is decorated with Côtes de Genève. Gold screws securely hold 17 ruby bearings. The wheels and gears are gilded, the drum wheel and winding drum are polished ideally. The clear sapphire glass back of the case lets one see the heart of the Diana Watch – the balance.
The Diana Watch comes in a polished white gold case, with a pearl on the winding button and a matching silk band.The bezel and the ears are decorated with shining diamonds to highlight the blue guilloche face.
K01-6, escapement: anchor
31 х 7,3 мм, Jewels: 17, Power Reserve: 48 hours
brass, stainless steel, gold
diametr 40 mm, Materials: white gold
Hour Indication, Minute Indication, Moon phases
diametr 33,8 mm, Materials: brass, rodium plated, blue and white colors