The Latin quote 'Carpe Diem' is one that takes us back to the epic scene in the movie "Dead Poets Society" when English teacher, John Keating —Robin Williams—, tells their students that the Latin sentiment for the term "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may" is "Carpe Diem" and then proceeds to ask them if they know what that means. Thereafter, Mr. Meeks answers the question by saying that "Carpe Diem" means "seize the day" in English. The Konstantin Chaykin 'Carpe Diem' timepiece is a watch that truly evokes that sentiment with a solid silver patinated bas-relief of 'Chronos' leaning over an hourglass and wielding a harvesting scythe.
Insider: Konstantin Chaykin Decalogue Luah Shana. Russian Watchmaking at its Finest with a Special Jewish Focus.
Konstantin Chaykin is an independent manufacture established in Moscow, Russia lead by its founder Konstantin Chaykin, whom about 10 years ago discovered a passion for watchmaking in St. Petersburg. Konstantin began his watchmaking career repairing and restoring clocks and watches, and after finally mastering the intricacies of creating watch movements he decided to launch his own line of timepieces with unique concepts and intricate in-house movements. The watches, completely Russian made, stay true to Konstantin's ideas, beliefs and mastery in watchmaking. Today, Konstantin Chaykin runs his own manufacture and has registered over 10 patents for his innovative movements and inventions. This is a unique achievement for such a young watchmaker who is famous for the complex movements he has developed, especially for his astronomical clock ‘Resurrection’ with Easter calendar, the Lunokhod watch and the 'Carpe Diem'. Konstantin, is also the only Russian watchmaker who has become a member of the 'Academie Horlogere Des Createurs Independants'. Something very interesting about this manufacture, is their ability to create custom unique pieces on-demand, where the clients even get to participate in the development and creation of that unique timepiece.
Before we go into the details of this fascinating timepiece called 'Decalogue Luah Shana', we want to keep very clear that our publication is not associated to any specific religion, spiritual belief or creed. As we have said it before, we will continue to talk about timepieces that we feel are worth talking about, even if they are not Swiss made or if they happen to be specifically designed for the followers of an specific religion or creed. Therefore, in this instance, we will be talking about an exceptional timepiece that has been designed by Konstantin Chaykin specifically for Jewish consumers and that brings his finest Russian watchmaking to the table. May we now present you the fascinating Konstantin Chaykin Decalogue Luah Shana fitted with a movement specifically invented and created to turn the hour and minute hands counterclockwise and that was inspired by the complexity and astronomical precision of the Jewish calendar.
The Decalogue Luah Shana is the new iteration of the 'Decalogue' timepiece and it's available in stainless steel or 18K white gold fitted with a generous round case measuring 42 mm in diameter and featuring a manual-wound reverse movement system with a power reserve of 48 hours and fitted with 17 jewels. The round case is superbly finished with alternating satin-brushed and high-polished areas and is properly rounded out by the delicately finished winding crown that is just like a cherry on top of a cake. The case band features a small and discreet corrector for the moon phase at 1 o'clock and the overall look of the watch is very well balanced and extremely elegant.
This elegant watch features an ruthenium dial with two overlapping circles and three different guilloché finishes including vertical columns that are supposed to resemble the columns on the Temple of Salomon. At the top of the dial, right under the 'Clous de Paris' guilloché pattern, there is an hour/minutes off-centered subdial with applied letters from the Jewish alphabet that are meant to be read from left to right as the hands move in counterclockwise direction. Towards the center of the dial, there is a moon phase aperture and underneath it right at 6 o'clock, there is a half moon circle displaying the days of the moon phases in reverse order topped by two columns with ten Aramaic letters carefully engraved and which reproduce the two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments —Decalogue— given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai on the fiftieth day after the Exodus from Egypt.
Fitted with an elegant black alligator strap with pin buckle, the watch features a display case back that allows for full view of the beautifully finished manual-wound reverse movement featuring 'Côtes de Genève', an appliqué with Konstantin Chaykin's logo and a gorgeous blue engraved 'Star of David' —Magen David— on the ratchet wheel. The movement also shows some its jewels in gold chatons and some perlage underneath the balance wheel. Around the bottom part of the case back, one can find more Hebrew letters that are nicely engraved.
On the wrist, the watch wears slightly bigger than its actual size and with very strong wrist presence. If you are wearing this watch, regardless of your religious beliefs, be prepared to have many inquisitive watchlifestylers ask you about it. This is for sure a watch with a very nice story behind and definitely a very unique conversation timepiece.
Sticker Price 23,900 Euro for 18K White Gold, 16,500 Euro for Stainless Steel. For more info on Konstantin Chaykin click here.