The Konstantin Chaykin Manufactory, founded in 2003 by Konstantin Chaykin, Russian inventor and watchmaker, is the only luxury watchmaking brand producing timepieces made exclusively in Russia. Konstantin Chaykin and his manufactory are renowned to watch connoisseurs around the world for their watchmaking art. Konstantin Chaykin brand’s is recognised by the global professional watchmaking community as one of the most creative and original in the world.
History of the manufacture
October 23. The beginning of Konstantin Chaykin's work on a table clock with a tourbillon. Foundation of the factory "Konstantin Chaykin".
August. The work on the Foundation Tourbillon watch is completed.
September. Konstantin Chaykin started working on the Carriage Tourbillon clock.
February. Work on the Carriage Tourbillon clock has been completed. Konstantin Chaykin started the unfinished development of a table clock with a tourbillon, a fusee-chain drive and a perpetual calendar with a digital four-digit year indication.
June. The first invention of Konstantin Chaykin: the world's first Orthodox Easter date indicator based on a positional design with two perforated disks. Work on the Easter of Christ table clock with the indication of Orthodox Easter's date has been started.
July 12. An application for the invention named "Calendar device for determining the date of Orthodox Easter and related Orthodox feasts (embodiments)" has been submitted.
October. The work on the Easter of Christ table clock with an Orthodox Easter date indication function has been completed.
October 26-30. Konstantin Chaykin presented the Foundation Tourbillon table clock, Tourbillon carriage clock and Easter of Christ Easter clock to the Russian public for the first time at the Moscow watch salon - an exhibition held at the Crocus Expo exhibition complex (Moscow, Russia) in 2005.
May 6. An application for the invention of a device featuring the mechanical indication of the Muslim Hijra calendar named "Muslim calendar (variants) and a method for determining the dates thereof" has been submitted.
August. Launch of the Muslim calendar clock.
September. Work on the unfinished project of the musical table clock named "Bird's clock".
December. Development of the TA.02-0 caliber compact movement for a table clock with a tourbillon named "Ant's Tourbillon".
March. Start of the Ant's Tourbillon table clock production.
June. Work on the Resurrection Computus table clock has been started. Development of a modernized design of the perpetual calendar block.
June. Work on the Amber Coucou wall clock has been started.
June 18. Konstantin Chaykin filed an application for the invention of a device featuring the Orthodox Easter mechanical date indication function.
September 20. Konstantin Chaykin received his first patent No. 2306618 "Calendar device for determining the date of Orthodox Easter and related Orthodox feasts (embodiments)".
October. Unique pocket watch "Erotica" has been created.
October. The Resurrection Computus, a complicated astronomical table clock with the Orthodox Easter date indicator has been made.
October. Konstantin Chaykin started working on a table clock with a tourbillon named "Ant's Tourbillon Sapphire Clock".
October 16-19. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the exhibition "Moscow Watch Salon – 2007", held at the World Trade Center (Moscow, Russia). There were the Resurrection Computus and the Ant's Tourbillon table clocks presented during the exhibition, unit of Orthodox Easter date indication and the demonstration prototype wristwatch with perpetual calendar and Orthodox Easter date indicator have also been displayed.
November. Development of the Mystery 1000 stones (the complicated wristwatch with the "mystery" display system) has been started.
Konstantin Chaykin decided to create a wristwatch with the traditional Jewish system of measuring time.
The work on the Amber cuckoo clock has been completed.
Start of the K. 01 calibre (a new basic wristwatch movement) development.
Development of the CaliberV01 wristwatch movement and prototype with a ten-day power reserve.
April 3-10. Konstantin Chaykin visited Baselworld 2008 (Basel, Switzerland).
Negotiations with the head of the Academy of Independent Creators in Watchmaking (AHCI) about membership. Moreover, a presentation of the Resurrection Computus and a prototype of the Mystery 1000 Stones wristwatch also took place.
Autumn. At the ViennaTime 2008 watch exhibition (held in Vienna, Austria) Konstantin Chaykin was accepted as a member of Academy of Independent Creators in Watchmaking (AHCI) - he became the first Russian watchmaker to join the Academy of Independent Creators in Watchmaking, the world's top watchmaking league.
November 27-30. At the Millionaire Fair held at the Crocus Expo exhibition center (Moscow, Russia) an exhibition of the Namfleg project took place, where the watch prototypes including the Caliber V01, the Mystery 1000 stones, as well as the prototype of the baguette calibre on zirconium bridges have been presented.
Development of the Decalogue watch prototype.
Development and production of the Aviator and Aurora watches (Watch heritage project).
February-May. Making of the "Muslim calendar and a starry sky map" table clock, the final copy of the "amber trilogy" created by Konstantin Chaykin.
February. The beginning of the Lunar Hijra table clock development based on a movement of Chaykin's original design with ten-day period winding and a tourbillon.
March 26 - April 2. Konstantin Chaykin took part in Baselworld 2009 for the first time with his exhibition at the stand of the Academy of Independent Creators in Watchmaking (AHCI). There were the prototypes of the Caliber V01 and Mystery 1000 Stones watches presented, as well as the Resurrection Computus and Ant's Tourbillon Sapphire table clocks.
September. Launch of the Lunar Hijra table clock.
In autumn, Konstantin Chaykin started creating the Lunar Hijra table clock with sectorial date indication function.
December 18. Konstantin Chaykin starts his own social network accounts. The first post in "Facebook".
February. Production of the Lunar Hijra table clock with sectorial date indication function.
March. The release of the Decalogue wristwatch in the original version of the Decalogue Mark 1 with a small second hand has started.
The release of the Decalogue Rega wristwatch in the original Decalogue Rega Mark 1 version with the helek and reg indication on the backside.
Development and release of the Hijra wristwatch in the original Hijra Mark 1 version.
March 18-25. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch and jewelry exhibition Baselworld 2010 (Basel, Switzerland). He presented the Decalogue, Decalogue Rega and Hijra watches. Soon after the exhibition, the Academy of Independent Creators in Watchmaking (AHCI) officially accepted Konstantin Chaykin as a competent member. Konstantin Chaykin is the first and only Russian member of the international Academy of independent Creators in Watchmaking (AHCI).
July. Start of the Lunokhod watch development.
July 17. Konstantin Chaykin filed a patent application for "Timepiece with indication of Moon phases on the dial (embodiments) and a method for indicating Moon phases on the timepiece dial".
August. Konstantin Chaykin completed the restoration of Lev Nechaev's complicated musical and astronomical floor clock from the collection of the Central Naval Museum named after Emperor Peter the Great (Saint Petersburg, Russia). The restoration took about a year.
The beginning of the movements' development with a "mystery" time display system for men's and women's watches. The invention of the mysterious time indication system by Konstantin Chaykin.
The Al-Biruni table clock has been made.
Prototypes of men's and women's models of the Mystery watch with a mysterious time indication system have been made.
March 1. Presentation of the Lunokhod watch to the Russian public.
March 24-31. World release of the Lunokhod watch at the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2011 (Basel, Switzerland).
August. Work on a complicated table clock named "Shabbat" has been started.
October 18-24. Konstantin Chaykin participates in the AHCI Academy's Chinese Tour - in Beijing (October 18), at Top Marques China 2011, in Shanghai (October 22-23) and in Hong Kong (October 24). The Lunokhod and Mystery watches were presented.
On October 27-29. Lunokhod and Lunokhod Prime watches were presented to the Russian public at the Moscow Watch Expo 2011, held at the Crocus Expo exhibition complex (Moscow, Russia).
Autumn-Winter. Konstantin Chaykin wrote the book "Horology in Russia. Masters and Protectors", which was published in January 2012 in Russian and German.
January 21. The first copies of the Mystery watch were presented to the Russian public.
March 8-15. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2012 (Basel, Switzerland). He presented Mystery and Lunokhod Prime wristwatches.
April 9. Konstantin Chaykin began working on the Cinema wristwatch.
July 19. The Shabbat table clock was presented to Russian public.
October 25-31. Konstantin Chaykin participated in the AHCI Academy's tour in China at the Top Marques China 2012 exhibition in Shanghai (October 26-28) and Hong Kong (October 30-31). He presented the Tourbillon 55 table clock, as well as the Quartime and Mystery wristwatches.
Autumn. Konstantin Chaykin manufactory moved to Moscow. Development of a new brand logo.
November. Modernization of the Hijra model and the launch of a new version named "Hijra Mark 2". Rethinking the design of the Mystery watch with the "mysterious" time display, developed in Konstantin Chaykin's system. The production of watches for men and women, which received the new serial name "Levitas", has started.
November-December. Modernization of the Decalogue collection, new versions - Decalogue (the Decalogue Mark 2) and the Decalogue Rega (the Decalogue Rega Mark 2) models - have been developed.
April 9. The Cinema watch has been presented to the Russian public at the Central Moscow Hippodrome.
April 25-May 2. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2013 (Basel, Switzerland). The Tourbillon 55 Calendar table clock, the Cinema wristwatch and watches in the Levitas collection have been presented, including the model for men named "Levitas Moon Phases", the ladies' models named "Levitas Mother of Pearl" and "Levitas Art Collection", as well as a unique copy of the Levitas Jazz.
June. Konstantin Chaykin decided to take part in the GPHG 2013 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix for the first time. In the category "Men's Complication Watch" he has presentedthe Quartime watch and in the category "Innovation" he has exhibited the Cinema watch.
August 28, 2013. Konstantin Chaykin's first post on his account @k_chaykin in Instagram.
October 23. The Konstantin Chaykin manufactory celebrates the first decade since its foundation.
October 30-November 2. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the Moscow Watch Expo 2013, held at the Crocus Expo exhibition complex (Moscow, Russia). He presented the Cinema watch.
Autumn. Development of the Decalogue Luah Shana watch, a new model of the Decalogue collection with an additional Jewish calendar date indication function.
December 10. Presentation of the Carpe Diem watches to the Russian public.
March 27 - April 3. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2014 (Basel, Switzerland). The Carpe Diem watch, the first prototype of the Genius Temporis wristwatch, has been presented.
June. Konstantin Chaykin showed the Carpe Diem watches ("Artistic Crafts" category) and the Decalogue Luah Shana ("Calendar watch" category) at the GPHG 2014 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
November 6-8. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of The SalonQP 2014 watch exhibition at Saatchi Gallery (London, UK). The final version of the Genius Temporis watch has been presented.
The Al-Muqaddasi table clock has been completed.
March 19-26. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2015 (Basel, Switzerland). He presented the Diana watch.
October. Presentation of the Russian Time watch.
November. Konstantin Chaykin has been finishing the work on his third Computus clock, the new ultra-complicated Northern Computus table clock. From this moment on, the Northern Computus clock is known as the most complicated mechanical clock.
March 17-24. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2016 (Basel, Switzerland). He presented the Russian Time Krusenstern watch.
June 23-26. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the China Watch and Clock Fair (Shenzhen, China). He presented the Genius Temporis, Cinema, Lunokhod and Levitas watches.
September 22. Presentation of the fourth Computus created by Konstantin Chaykin, a new ultra-complicated table clock named "Moscow Computus". The Moscow Computus clock, which surpassed the Northern Computus clock in terms of complexity, has become the most complicated mechanical clock ever produced in Russia.
September 28-October 2. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the jewelry and watch exhibition "Junwex Moscow-2016" at the exhibition complex VDNKh (Moscow, Russia). The Moscow Computus clock was awarded the Grand Prix of the exhibition.
September. Konstantin Chaykin began assisting the Gokhran of Russia in the examination, maintenance and restoration of watches in the Gokhran collection. Cooperation with Gokhran of Russia lasted until the summer of 2019.
October 19-31. The Moscow Computus clock has won the first prize "Aesthetics of Horology" in the competition of jewelry art titled "Russia. XXI century" and organized by Gokhran of Russia. It was presented at the winners' exhibition in the State Historical Museum (Moscow, Russia).
November. Konstantin Chaykin started developing the Joker watch. He began working on the Lucomorye complicated table clock's movement. Konstantin Chaykin was elected the President of the international Academy of Independent Creators in Watchmaking (AHCI). Konstantin Chaykin held the title of the President of the AHCI until March, 2019.
March 23-30. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2017 (Basel, Switzerland). Among the presented models, there were Chaykin's Joker watch and the super-complicated Moscow Computus table clock.
June 22-25. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the CWCF Watch & Clock Fair China 2017 in Shenzhen (China). The Joker, Genius Temporis, Lunokhod and Cinema watches have been presented there.
June. Konstantin Chaykin presented the Joker watch ("Artistic Crafts" category) at the GPHG 2017 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
September. A unique copy of the Joker OnlyWatch-2017 has been made for the charity watch auction Only Watch 2017.
September 20. Presentation of the the Clown watch.
September 27-November 11. Charity watch auction Only Watch 2017, World Tour. The Joker Only Watch 2017 was presented in Monaco (September 27-30), Bangkok (Thailand; October 2-3), Singapore (October 5-6), Dubai (UAE; October 9-11), Istanbul (Turkey; October 19-20), Hong Kong (China; October 23-24), Taipei (Taiwan; October 26-27), New York (USA; October 29-30), Los Angeles (USA; November 1-2) and Geneva (Switzerland; November 9-11).
October 2-November 20. GPHG 2017 Grand Prix d'horlogerie de Genève World Tour. The Joker watch was presented in Milan (Italy, October 3-4), Mexico city (Mexico; October 12, 14, 17 and 18) at SIAR 2017, Taipei (Taiwan; October 26-27), Geneva (Switzerland; October 31 - November 12) and Dubai (UAE; November 16-20).
October 11-15. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the JeweLuxe 2017 exhibition in Singapore. He presented the Joker, Lunokhod and Cinema watches.
On October 16-17. Konstantin Chaykin was invited to the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Watch & Clock Museum in Shanghai (China). He presented the Joker, Lunokhod and Cinema watches.
November 2-4. SalonQP 2017 exhibition at Saatchi Gallery (London, UK). Konstantin Chaykin presented the Joker, Lunokhod and Cinema watches.
November 8. The Joker watch joined the short-list in "Artistic Crafts" category at the GPHG 2017 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
November 11. The Joker OnlyWatch 2017 watch was sold at the charity watch auction Only Watch 2017 in Geneva (Switzerland) for 45,000 Swiss francs with a preliminary estimate of 10,000-15,000 francs.
March. Konstantin Chaykin invents a new strap design with a Joker tie motif.
March 22-27. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2018 (Basel, Switzerland). He presented the Joker Titanium, Automaton Joker and the Pumpkin Head watches there.
May 18. Presentation of the Joker Soccer watch.
June 1. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of WatchFair Luxembourg 2018 in Luxembourg. The Joker, Lunokhod, Clown and Cinema watches were presented.
June 21-24. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the CWCF Watch & Clock Fair China 2018 in Shenzhen (China). He presented the Joker, Clown, Lunokhod and Cinema watches.
June. Konstantin Chaykin presented the Clown ("Petit Aiguille" category) and Automaton Joker ("Mechanical exception" category) watches at the GPHG 2018 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
July 26. Opening of the exhibition dedicated to arts & crafts' masters organized by Gokhran of Russia. Konstantin Chaykin presented the Levitas, Levitas jazz and Genius Temporis wristwatches.
July 27. Presentation of the K20-1 caliber and the Mars Conqueror Mark 1 movement.
September 28-November 16. Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix GPHG 2018 World Tour. The Clown and Automaton Joker watches were shown in Venice (Italy; September 28), Hong Kong (China; October 10-11), Singapore (October 17-21), Geneva (Switzerland; October 31 - November 14), and Vienna (Austria; November 16).
October 17-21. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the JeweLuxe 2018 exhibition in Singapore. He presented the Joker, Lunokhod, Clown, Genius Temporis and Cinema watches.
October 31. Presentation of the Dracula watch, the second piece in the Halloween series created by by Konstantin Chaykin.
November 9. The Clown and Automaton Joker watches were put in the short-list for the "Petit Aiguille" and "Mechanical exception" categories (respectively) at the GPHG 2018 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix of high-hour art. Konstantin Chaykin became the winner of the GPHG 2018, he was awarded with the Audacity Prize for the Clown watch.
November 22-24. The SalonQP 2018 exhibition at Saatchi Gallery (London, UK). Konstantin Chaykin presented the Joker, Lunokhod, Clown, Genius Temporis and Cinema watches.
January. Presentation of the Unique Pig 2019 watch.
March 21-26. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the international watch exhibition Baselworld 2019 (Basel, Switzerland). He presented the Dracula watch.
April 12. Presentation of the functioning prototype named "Mars Conqueror Mark 1".
June 20-23. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the CWCF Watch & Clock Fair China 2019 in Shenzhen (China). He presented the Joker, Clown 2 Audacity, Lunokhod and Cinema watches.
July 23-November 24. Exhibition titled "Time and space" took place in the "Cosmos" pavilion at VDNKh (Moscow, Russia). The watch "Lunokhod" and the functioning prototype "Mars Conqueror Mark 1" have been presented.
September 15. Making of the Joker Selfie watch, especially for the charity auction Only Watch 2019.
September 25-November 1. Charity watch auction Only Watch 2019 World Tour. The Joker Selfie watch was presented in Monaco (September 25-28), Dubai (UAE; October 1-3), Paris (France; October 7-8), London (great Britain; October 11-13), new York (USA; October 16-17), Tokyo (Japan; October 23-24), Singapore (October 25-26), Hong Kong (China; October 28-29), Taipei (Taiwan; October 30-November 1).
September. Presentation of the Green Halloween 2019 watch, the third piece in the Halloween series created by Konstantin Chaykin. Presentation of the Clown 2 Audacity watch, released in honor of the Audacity prize awarded at the GPHG 2018 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
October 9-20. Exhibition of jewelry and arts & crafts titled "Jewelry mastery. Traditions and modernity" at the Moscow state exhibition hall "New Manege" (Moscow, Russia). Konstantin Chaykin presented the Levitas, Levitas jazz, Clown, Lunokhod Prime and Carpe Diem wristwatches.
October 16-20. Konstantin Chaykin became a participant of the JeweLuxe 2019 exhibition in Singapore. He presented the Dracula, Lunokhod, Green Halloween 2019 and Clown 2 Audacity watches.
November 9. The Joker Selfie watch was sold at the charity watch auction Only Watch 2019 in Geneva (Switzerland) for 70,000 Swiss francs with a preliminary estimate of 18,000-24,000 francs.
January 24. The Mouse King watch, released in honor of the upcoming year of the Mouse (Rat) (according to the traditional Chinese calendar) was officially released. The Mouse King is the first watch in the wristmon collection equipped with a top-notch automatic basic caliber Vaucher 3002 made in Switzerland.
June 4. Presentation of the Mars Conqueror Mark 3 fighter watch, the world's first Martian aviator watch.
June 16. The number of subscribers to Konstantin Chaykin's @k_chaykin account on Instagram has exceeded 90,000.
June 22. Konstantin Chaykin received the 80th anniversary patent for the invention-patent 2724155 "Timepiece with an indication depending on the position regarding to gravitation".
April 29. At the XIII International Forum "Intellectual Property - XXI Century", which took place in Moscow, Russian inventor and watch master Konstantin Chaykin was awarded the gold medal of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - Medal for Inventors. Presented to outstanding inventors, it recognizes the contribution of inventors to national welfare and development.
May. The first of its kind and in the history of watchmaking, the multidimensional NFT-Joker, created by the Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin, was sold at the auction for 42,000 Swiss francs.
June. A new edition of the Wristmons collection by Konstantin Chaykin, "Harlequin Ventuno", is launched.
August. Konstantin Chaykin supplements his collection of Wristmons with the "Joker Black Bet" model.
August. Participation in the Geneva Watch Days-2021 world tour. Konstantin Chaykin successfully presented a new watch from his Wristmons collection - "Minotaur".
September. The Konstantin Chaykin "Minotaur" watch has been officially nominated for the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2021 in the "Calendar and Astronomy" category. "Minotaur" is one of the six watches included in the short-list of this nomination, from which the jury will choose the best watch in the category.
September. Konstantin Chaykin presents his long-awaited Martian Tourbillon watch, created for the Only Watch charity auction. The watch was presented as a part of the world tour of the finest Haute Horlogerie timepieces produced by the world's leading watchmakers for the Only Watch 2021 charity auction, which began on September 22 in Monaco.
October. The Faberge Museum haute horlogerie. 83 watches were presented at the exhibition. Among them, is the watch by the Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin, the "Minotaur", shortlisted in the "Calendar and Astronomy" category.
October. Participation in the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR) in Mexico City from 19 to 21 October. Launch of the new Wristmon "Grimaldi the Clown".
November 6. The Only Watch @onlywatch_official auction in Geneva, organized in cooperation with Christie's. The Lot No. 31 has been sold for 290 thousand francs, among other haute horlogerie masterpieces. We are talking about the unique wristmon created by Konstantin Chaykin — the Martian Tourbillon Only Watch 2021 Piece Unique, demonstrating the highest level of skill which the Russian watchmaker is famous for. This is the first tourbillon watch ever created in Russia and a symbol of the long-awaited future: after all, it has been created especially for the conquerors of Mars.
January. The asteroid CHAYKIN is named after the Russian inventor. The asteroid (301522) 2009 FX23 was discovered by Leonid Elenin on March 22, 2009. It received Chaykin's name. Leonid Elenin is a Russian astronomer, one of the most successful modern "comet hunters", discoverer of six comets and more than a hundred asteroids. He personally gave Konstantin Chaykin a certificate with the name of a small celestial body.
The 1st of February. The premiere of the Smilodon watch, a new timepiece in the Wristmons collection. It was released as a special model celebrating the New Year 2022 (in accordance with the Chinese calendar). The symbol of 2022 is a tiger. Smilodon is a sabre-toothed tiger discovered 180 years ago by the paleontologist Peter Wilhelm Lund. The classic "moon-smile" in Smilodon watch is replaced by a "mouth" with saber-shaped fangs: it closes at night and opens menacingly at daybreak, revealing the petroglyphs that depict the days of the week.
February 16 – July 4. The exhibition "Arts & Crafts throughout the time. Russian jewellery" opened on 16th of February at the State Historical Museum. The exhibition features Konstantin Chaykin's Carpe Diem, Levitas Jazz and Levitas Sakura watches.
March 24 – May 22. The collaborative exhibition of the watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin and jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov titled "The Lucomorye. Masterpieces of Russian Masters" opened on 24th of March at the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia. The Lucomorye table clock, empowered by the unique movement with a chain graphic numerical hour indicator, was presented at the event's grand opening. The exhibition also featured 16 models of timepieces, movements' prototypes and Konstantin Chaykin's sketches.
August 29 – September 1. Switzerland hosted the Geneva Watch Days international exhibition. During the event, Konstantin Chaykin himself personally presented the two of his latest Summer 2022 timepieces: the Joker Five and the Harley Quinn watch.
September. A Konstantin Chaykin watch have been shortlisted for the most prestigious international Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. The Harley Queen model, designed in the style of the famous Gotham City heroine is one of the nominees for the "Academy Award" of the watchmaking industry in the Ladies’ category.
Audacity, skill and ingenuity
The history of the Russian watch brand “Konstantin Chaykin” began on 23rd October 2003 when a young and ambitious inventor from St. Petersburg discovered his passion for the world of mechanical complications, intending to create the first watch with a tourbillon in Russia for 175 years. Starting with the repair and restoration of table clocks and wristwatches, he thoroughly mastered all the subtleties of creating mechanisms and methods for manufacturing watch parts. He was guided by the desire to create new, unprecedented masterpieces of haute horlogerie. In 2005 Konstantin Chaykin registered his first patent for his Orthodox Easter computus, which automatically calculates and displays the dates of the Orthodox Easter. As of February 2020, the number of patents in his portfolio stands at 79, with a further 62 utility model patents, the most of anybody in the watchmaking industry.
About the manufactory of Konstantin Chaikin
Konstantin Chaykin’s workshop has grown into a manufactory capable of producing almost all the components required in the assembly of a watch.
His global renown comes from inventions never before seen, such as timepieces with a Muslim calendar, with an Orthodox Easter date indicator, with a spherical moonphase indicator (the largest ever created for a wristwatch), with a moving image projector, and with a single switchable hour-minute hand.
The real breakthrough for Konstantin Chaykin in haute horlogerie was the “Joker” watch he created with the dial as a face, with hours and minutes indicated by rotating eyes along with the now instantly recognisable Konstantin Chaykin trademark, the smiling moonphase indicator.
FROM THESE MASTER CRAFTSMEN COME AMAZING, COMPLEX WATCHES
The rate of production at Konstantin Chaykin Manufactory is around 100 pieces per year. The production of one exclusive custom-made timepiece takes from eight months to a few years. We work on each timepiece as an artist works on a painting, therefore each object is unique.
“We are not only reviving Russian haute horlogerie but we are also part of the global watch industry”.
DREAMING OF UNIQUE TIMEPIECES
The myth that Russians do not know how to make watches must be destroyed, as it is not only false but also defames the glorious history of our state and sullies the names of great people who have given their lives to create the most complicated watches and movements.
The idea of giving watches pronounced anthropomorphic features has been with me for a long time. I believe a watch is not just a mechanism, it is a piece of contemporary art, a real objet d’art, which should evoke strong emotions.
This applies to each of my timepieces. For example, the “Lunokhod” watch is unlike any wristwatch in the world, the “Cinema” watch has a unique moving image projector, and the “Carpe Diem” model has a complication giving an allegorical interpretation of how time elapses.
These watches are complex and artistic while at the same time also philosophical. From an artistic viewpoint the “Joker” watch seems to be the logical continuation of this theme. I wanted to create a watch that makes a connection with its owner, bringing instant emotion
THE COMPLETE REJECTION OF ANONYMOUS MASS PRODUCTION
Over the years Konstantin Chaykin has gathered a team of professionals who share his passion for perfection and beauty in the art of fine watchmaking.
That’s how the first manufactory of haute horlogerie in modern Russia was born.
Today under Chaykin’s leadership there is a well-coordinated team of just over 10 people. Together they develop the latest watch masterpieces, reviving the classic traditions of watchmaking based on the values of master craftsmen.
Konstantin Chaykin’s Manufactory building is located in a uniquely historical part of Moscow, next to the picturesque Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve.
Such a place holds great meaning for us, as the bells of the clocktower here ring out the time every hour.
In Kolomenskoye one can find the only exhibition in Russia dedicated to clocktower mechanisms of the 16th – 19th Centuries.
Among the unique displays are the oldest surviving hand-made mechanism of Russian craftsman Semyon Chasovik, which he made in 1539 for the Solovetsky Monastery, as well as an anchor mechanism from the Pafnutiev Borovsky Monastery made by Rezantsov.
A visit to the Konstantin Chaykin Manufactory is a journey into the world of time. In the modern two-storey mansion one can find a space for engineers, a design department, a department for the design and development of calibres, as well as an assembly and testing workshop. The latest computer-controlled metal-cutting machinery is located on the ground floor, where all components are manufactured.
On the second floor, the inner workings of the watch are assembled before everything is finally put together ready for quality control. With all departments under one roof, specialists from different areas can readily interact and exchange their skills. This also helps create the unique artistic atmosphere of the manufactory.
OUR CRAFTSMEN ARE NOT JUST PROFESSIONAL WATCHMAKERS, THEY PASSIONATELY AIM FOR PERFECTION IN THE ART OF WATCHMAKING