by Konstantin Chaykin
The expansion of mankind into the universe is inevitable. The expectation that Earth will always be a safe home is a mistake. But nature has given us a decent chance for the first attempt to populate space – planet Mars. This currently rates as the best option for a space base for colonisation. This idea once seemed like a fantasy, but literally in an instant it has now become quite feasible.
The conquest of Mars will not be easy, but it will involve an incredibly exciting process of creation and technological improvement in order to ensure the settlement of humanity in space. Konstantin Chaykin is certain that the conquest of Mars necessitates the thinking over of many different aspects in advance, including the development of a specialised mechanical watch that is reliable and capable of functioning autonomously both in space and on Mars. That’s why in 2017 this expert watchmaker and inventor launched his own Mars programme – “Mars Time”.
The conquest of Mars and its terraforming is a necessary step in the development of mankind, as far as can be seen at the moment. The great English watchmaker John Harrison invented marine chronometers in order to help the admiralty avoid a recurrence of the Isles of Scilly disaster. Konstantin Chaykin has invented “Mars conquerors” which can be useful for future settlers of Mars.
Creating watches for settlers of Mars Konstantin Chaykin develops and actually invents a new direction in cosmic complications for traditional watch mechanics, a direction which no other watchmaker has paid enough attention to before.
The “Mars Time” project has really captivated Konstantin Chaykin, as witnessed by the flurry of creative sparks he has generated while working on it. Some of these inventions are already implemented in the conceptual prototype “Mars Conqueror Mk1”, developed in 2018–2019. This prototype is embedded with nine additional complications and mechanisms. That places this timepiece in the category of supercomplicated mechanical watches.
While development of “Mars Time” project Konstantin Chaykin had invented a unique complication with synchronised Earth and Mars times, a Mars date display using the Mars calendar, with the possibility of it being used as a way of showing the duration of the mission in sols (Mars-days), a orrery function showing the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Mars, and a planetary opposition and superior opposition complication.
Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter
Spaceships capable to deliver humankind to Mars are still being developed, but the watches invented by Konstantin Chaykin for the conquerors of Mars are already ticking. He decided to make new “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” watch from titanium, traditionally perceived as an aircraft and space material. The hands of the dial provide a synchronized indication of Martian and terrestrial time. Konstantin Chaykin proposes that as a symbol of unity and a nostalgic affection to the home planet, the feelings mankind will maintain of the future, after the conquest of Mars, other planets and star systems.
All development stages have been successfully completed, and Konstantin Chaykin is proud to present the first model of his “Mars Conqueror” collection available for orders. That is the first-ever Martian aviator watch. The “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” watch looks to the future, which is why one can find in its design the futuristic forms of the Martian space fleet as imagined and designed by Konstantin Chaykin. In the brutal yet at the same time ergonomic case of a dynamic, trapezoidal design, which is dominated by triangular edges, there is a bezel fixed to the case by 24 functional screws, resembling the mooring lock of a spacecraft docking system.
In the first Martian aviator watch in history, Konstantin Chaykin has decided not to use hands of a traditional design, preferring instead to invent his own “Mars” hands. He was guided during this process by the requirements of watch hands in the military, with the hands needing to be large enough to be clearly distinguishable on the dial and covered with a luminous paint composition. The Mars conquerors will head to the red planet in heavy launch vehicles, therefore Konstantin decided to give the hands the characteristic shape of such a rocket, naming them “Starship Hands”. The hands of the terrestrial time indicator are marked with blue-green luminophore, while the Mars time hands are marked in orange.
The numbers of the hours scale, and the minutes scale, of the dark brown dial are made of the innovative monolithic luminophore, the technology for which was developed by Konstantin Chaykin. These elements, which start to glow in twilight and darkness, have a three-dimensional shape, giving this new watch an incredibly attractive look. Are you going to Mars? Don’t forget to take your “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” watch with you!
Limited edition of 8 pieces.
titanium, 55.82mm x 48mm; height 15.3mm; sapphire crystal; engraved caseback with sapphire crystal; water-resistant to 30m
dark-grey (anthracite) background; three-dimensional luminescent markers
Hours, minutes and seconds indicator of local Earth time; second time zone (UTC) indicator with central 24-hour hand; hours and minutes indicator of Mars time (MCT) on additional dial in 6 o’clock position; winding crown function indicator
aviator type with double vertical crown (invented by Konstantin Chaykin); winding crown for winding and setting the time, the second crown switches between one of three winding crown functions – manual winding of the movement, setting the UTC time (with a clockwise rotation) or setting MTC (with an anticlockwise rotation), and setting local Earth time
exclusive high-quality black leather strap with contrast orange stitching and orange lining; titanium clasp produced by Konstantin Chaykin manufacture
Konstantin Chaykin had developed for “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” watch special module with a synchronized indication of the current time both on Mars and on Earth, including the indication of second time zone. The design and finish of the module were produced according to strict rules of High Watchmaking, despite it is hidden under the dial. Konstantin Chaykin provides meticulous finishing of every part of the module using classic techniques of traditional watchmaking: perlage, fine linear finish, circular graining, sandblasting, contour grinding, hand chamfering and polishing, engraving, polishing of screw heads and countersinks, spherical polishing of pivots, rhodium coating. The module has 8 jewels to reduce friction.
diameter 35.6mm, height 6.6mm (inc. module)
29 (21 jewels for base movement, 8 jewels for module)
28,800 alternations per hour