Let’s face it. For as long as couple of months we’ve neglected the autonomous watchmakers… This was important for the DNA of MONOCHROME since its commencement, so as a mea culpa before the late spring break, the publication group has chosen to bring a portion of these cool, exceptional and inventive watches under the spotlight. My decision of the day: a really entrancing piece, the Sarpaneva K3 Northern Stars with a completely strange old-rose tone guilloché dial.
Obviously, this isn’t a spic and span watch. The Sarpaneva K3 Northern Star was presented back at Baselworld 2011. Does that transform anything about the allure of this watch? Unquestionably not – nobody at any point complained about the 60-year-old Speedmaster, isn’t that so? Be that as it may, today’s variant is rather not the same as the model presented seven years prior. Unquestionably, the essentials are here and all the mark components that make this watch a true Sarpaneva have been incorporated. Be that as it may, Stepan has added a turn to an all around exceptionally twisty watch.
As is often the situation with watches made by free watchmakers, they have a genuine soul, they are the immediate articulation of the man/lady behind the brand. This implies that more often than not it is such a “love or hate” circumstance. Stepan’s watches are by and large that. Despite the fact that they are a long way from the complexity of a MB&F or a Urwerk, his moderately basic watches are promptly unmistakable – truly, a large portion of a second is adequate to know what you’re looking at across the room. As striking and imbued with a one of a kind DNA as they are, Sarpaneva’s watches have the right to be inspected, considering the unfathomable measure of detail in their design.
The Sarpaneva K3 Northern Stars has seen numerous cycles : blue dial, DLC-covered, white gold , monochromatic or even cleared with jewels . Obviously, uniquely designed is essential for the allure of these free watchmakers. Nonetheless, the base has consistently been the equivalent: a 42mm “Korona” case, an exceptionally adjusted Soprod development and an opened dial uncovering a twofold moon complication. This is the reason the watch we have today feels like a pristine model.
The base is the Korona case. Here it is made of steel (yet most materials can be thought of), and measures 42mm in width. What feels exceptional is the plan of the case: sharp, tormented, scalloped, combining sharp points and smooth bends, with breaks and distending parts… so, the Korona case is uncommon, unique, quickly conspicuous and, shockingly simple on the wrist. It’s just when you notice it intently that it uncovers its complexity. Otherwise, it remains moderately discreet and slight. Furthermore, the carries are short and bended making it a potential day by day blender watch – get some information about it, he can affirm .
While we as a whole realize that making an in-house development is kind of an unquestionable requirement for autonomous watchmakers, Sarpaneva depends on a notable Soprod ébauche for a large portion of his manifestations – despite the fact that in a couple of months he will have a watch with its first in-house created development. This permits him to offer remarkable pieces at a value that is still (nearly) open and to zero in rather on what we as a whole love about his watches: the moon stage complication.
Together with the stylised moon face (which is really Stepan’s most loved outward appearance), the moon complication is a mark component of the greater part of his watches. The K3 Northern Stars began its existence with a module on top showing two moon faces, with the current age of the moon being shown in a drifting ring at 6 o’clock. These moons were applied on an enormous circle covering the whole surface of the dial, itself accentuated with stars. On the fringe of the dial was an openworked part ring demonstrating the hours.
While in fact indistinguishable, the new Sarpaneva K3 Northern Stars Guilloché (which exists in different variants, with a few themes or colors, or even with a veneer plate) includes a full dial with a decent guilloché design disguising the twofold moon complication, which is just uncovered through the opening at 6 o’clock; this, as far as I might be concerned, radically changes the watch (whether regardless, you’ll choose). The model we had the option to test included an extremely astonishing yet lovely tone, which has been named “old rose” by Frank. Not the most normal tone in watchmaking, but rather combined with the steel case, the part ring and the blue accents, it functions admirably. Also, all things considered, in the event that you are on the lookout for procuring a Sarpaneva one day, you’re unquestionably not shy.
The dial is, as consistently with Sarpaneva’s watches, magnificently executed – definite, exact and uncovers an extraordinary profundity. The guilloché plate is produced by Comblémine, a company claimed by Kari Voutilainen. The hands, showing Sarpaneva’s signature two-tone enrichment, are additionally a joy to contemplate.
The back (the photograph above shows another form, as the watch we had wasn’t totally completed) shows Stepan’s super-point by point steel skeletonised rotor and moon face. Under is the out-sourced Soprod A10 (essentially an ETA clone), which has been completely improved with perlage on the plate and extensions. Determinations are standard, with a 4Hz recurrence and a 42h force hold – yet that’s unmistakably not the motivation behind why you ought to think about a Sarpaneva or not.
The Sarpaneva K3 Northern Stars with this unique guilloché dial is genuinely engaging. On the off chance that the actual model is one of Stepan’s works of art, it feels new to me and very surprising. Since each model is one of a kind, it is difficult to give a definite cost – yet consider around EUR 20,000.