Martian Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Piece Unique
1795. Abraham-Louis Breguet invents the tourbillon.
2021. Konstantin Chaykin creates the Martian tourbillon
Watchmakers include a tourbillon in their timepieces for a number of reasons – for the precise measurement of time (reflecting the original aim of its invention), for setting records for precision at chronology competitions, for demonstrating the skills of a watchmaker – since the tourbillon’s intricate, challenging design is by no means attainable for everyone, for the marketing of a watch brand, as a way to implement a mechanical kinematic wonder in a timepiece – a way to entertain its owner, for technical watches (for aviation or diving, for example), for jewellery and decorative watches… The only reason missing in our cosmic age is to create a tourbillon which could be used by conquerors of other planets. This has been resolved by Konstantin Chaykin with the first-ever Martian tourbillon in the history of watchmaking – the Martian Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Piece Unique.
Unique synchronous retrograde indication of the Martian date and day of the week
The unique synchronous retrograde indication of the Martian date and day of the week in the Martian Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Piece Unique wristwatch is far from being as straightforward as it appears at first sight. The retrograde indication method was chosen for this watch by Konstantin Chaykin for a simple reason – he decided to create his own Martian Wristmon, combing his Mars Time Program and the design elements of the incredibly successful Wristmons collection. The Wristmons trademark smile had to be shown off in its intended place – no other option could even have been considered – which turned the task of designing the indication module into an incredibly challenging one. The dimensions of the calendar complication’s snail cam are limited by the space which could be found for it inside the watch mechanism. Therefore, in order to guarantee the error-free operation of the calendar, it was necessary to design and manufacture extremely precise components for the nod, most notably the snail cam and probe lever. In addition, Konstantin had to make extraordinary efforts during the development of the calendar in order to remove the inevitable backlashes that occur in the gear of a watch mechanism.
For this watch, Konstantin Chaykin created a unique skeletonized dial with Joker-indication – the JokerMartian face. The trademark smile of the Wristmons no longer tracks the phases of the Moon, instead indicating the date according to the Martian calendar, with months consisting of 28 sols. The date is marked using a hypothetical Martian system of calculation, which Konstantin Chaykin imagined for this watch. These same symbols are used for marking the scales of the Martian hours and minutes, with the hour and minute hands also made in the form of a Martian number ‘1’. You have to admit that old Breguet couldn’t have imagined that the only cosmic – Martian – version of his design would be created by a Russian watchmaker!
Konstantin Chaykin hid another detail in the Martian Tourbillon watch, which he also designed with Mars in mind. Try to find it! You can’t? Okay, it is placed on the reverse side of the movement – the rocking lever of the winding gear is in the shape of a Martian number ‘3’. Thanks to the Russian master, Martian watchmaking gets its first unique detail in the watch movement!
Specifications Martian Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Piece Unique
|Calibre:||Konstantin Chaykin Manufacture Calibre K.22-0, hand-winding|
|Dimensions:||Diameter 32mm, 8.85mm thick|
|Frequency:||19270 semi-oscillations per hour by earth time|
|Power reserve:||48 hours when fully wound|
|Jewels:||37, including 2 in yellow gold chaton (1 screwed) and 1 in white gold chaton|
|Number of parts:||326|
|Functions:||World premiere Martian tourbillon rotating one Martian minute (approx. 61.65 seconds by Earth time); world premiere Joker-indication of Martian time with 12- hours subdial at 10 o’clock and 60-minutes subdial at 2 o’clock; world premiere combined indication of am/pm and day/night of Martian time; world premiere synchronous retrograde indication of Martian date and day of the week with halfmonth indicator|
|Case, winding and corrector crowns:||True bulat stainless steel (exclusively at Konstantin Chaykin Manufacture)|
|Case dimensions:||Diameter 40mm; height 13.4mm|
|Crystal and caseback:||Sapphire crystal with antireflective coating, sapphire caseback|
|Dial finishing:||Finely hand-hammered frosted finish, fine circular and straight grinding, bevelled and polished edges, rhodium and ruthenium plating|
|Strap:||Exclusive Konstantin Chaykin orange alligator leather strap, prong buckle in true bulat stainless steel|