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Santa's watch on the background of Christmas toys

If you think it would be enough just to decorate the dial of this kind of watch with a cute picture, the you clearly don’t know Konstantin Chaykin. Each new watch must tell a story, which Chaykin thoroughlyinvestigates and thinks through. This forms the basis for the many interesting and often unique details created for a timepiece – in the movement, the design and the finishing. Therefore, getting to know his watches always becomes a fascinating journey into the world of haute horlogerie, feeding inquisitive minds and bringing pleasant emotions.

The first thing you notice about the Santa watch is the glasses on the dial. In fact, the glasses are now a quintessential part of the Santa Claus image, along with his long red coat, hat trimmed with white fur, and his grey-white beard and hair. This might be the time to ask the question – did Santa really wear glasses?! It is obvious that the original Santa Claus, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, did not – could not – have worn them, given that they had not yet been invented in his day (although they were invented a long time ago, in 13th-century Italy). The very fact of the appearance of glasses as one of the main attributes of the Santa costume remains covered in a veil of mystery. Even the museum of the Coca Cola company, who have been using the image of Santa Claus in their advertising for almost a century – since 1931 – and are often thought to be the creators of the classic modern Santa look, do not help to give a definitive answer to the question – who gave Santa glasses? Nevertheless, now we know for sure who the first watchmaker to create glasses for a wristwatch dial and equip them with real sapphire lenses was – Konstantin Chaykin. Naturally, the glasses, despite their miniature size, were not cheap, especially lenses of unique geometry. But how can you refuse Santa at Christmas?

Photo of the Santa watch - lie, dial up.

Watch features

PRODUCTION

The glasses of the Santa watch increased to 18 the number of components on a dial which was already difficult to manufacture. But that was the least of the problems. Chaykin had a choice – the appearance of glasses on the dial meant that it was higher. Additional space was now required inside the case as he didn’t want to make the case itself any higher. The Russian master decided to do things the hard way, modifying the proprietary joker-indication module. Whereas in the standard movement (caliber K.07-0) the convex discs of the hour and minute indicators were installed above the moonphase indicator disc, in the new caliber K.07-2 all three discs are in one line. Konstantin used shorter axles for the hour and minute indicators while also increasing the radius of the sphere (these discs always having a spherical surface). The Wristmons’ eyes have slightly decreased in size, visually compensated for by the sapphire lenses, as has the diameter of the lunar disc. The face-like dial had to be redesigned, which was inevitable anyway given that Chaykin creates a new design for each new character of the Wristmons collection.
  • Movement assembly Santa watch
    Setting the dial Santa watch
    Cristall glass installation Santa watch

Steel caseback

Some of the design features of the watch are obvious, while some require closer inspection. Among the more obvious elements of a watch made in honour of Santa are the bezel of the steel case, marked with the letters of the word ‘Santa’, and the steel caseback. This, as well as the appropriate inscriptions regarding the name of the watch, the name of the watchmaker who created it, the material of the case, the country where the watch was made, and the number of the piece in the limited edition – alas, only three in total! – also has a carefully relief-engraved Christmas image. Santa carries gifts on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, flying over the snow-covered trees of Lapland…or is it Oymyakon...?
Case back Santa watch with engraved santa sleigh and reindeer

MOVEMENT

Especially for the “Joker” and other models of the “Wristmons” collection Konstantin Chaykin developed a double-disc display for the hour and minute indications, as well as a moonphase indicator. In the construction and design of the movement, he was guided by the principles of haute horlogerie, despite the fact that the movement is hidden under an opaque dial. Konstantin Chaykin meticulously finished every part of the movement using classic techniques: perlage pearl textured grinding; fine longitudinal and circular grinding; abrasive blasting to a matte finish; a smooth handcrafted chamfer; engraving; polished screw holes, pins and jewels; spherical polishing of the axel tips; and galvanized rhodium plating. In total the module includes 8 jewels, designed to reduce friction, while the moonphase indicator is driven by a wheel with 59 teeth.

Caliber: K.07-2 automatic winding by Konstantin Chaykin manufacture

Power reserve: 38 hours when fully wound

Accuracy:+/-15 seconds per day

Specifications
Photo of the movemen Santa watch

Case

Case dimensions: diameter 42mm, height 13.7mm

Specifications
  • Red-lacquered box

    Cosy memories of childhood, of letters to Santa, of gifts under a festively-decorated Christmas tree, all become even warmer when looking at the red-lacquered box of the watch, a box also decorated with snowflakes.

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  • Santa Strap

    It’s mandatory, if we’re talking about Santa, for red to be used in the strap specially created by Konstantin Chaykin for this watch.

    The new Santa Strap continues the tradition of collectible straps, established by the Russian master with the invention of the Joker Tie-strap (2018).

    The one-of-a-kind Santa Strap is decorated with white appliqués, giving the look of Santa’s beard and hair. This perfectly matches watches with the jokerindication module, though in a regular watch such a strap would look too pretentious.

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  • Seven snowflakes

    Konstantin Chaykin tried his best to hide one more – and last – Christmas surprise. In order to find it, you’ll need a bit of help. Here’s a clue – the glasses, a freshly-baked invention of Chaykin’s. Look Santa straight in the eyes and there on the carefully lacquered spherical surfaces of the discs you’ll find seven snowflakes. What better way to create a festive mood than the sight of snowflakes slowly circling in the night sky?

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