At the upcoming Baselworld 2011 show, the young master watchmaker Stefan Kudoke will present his new Kudoke KudOktopus skeleton watch that features a vintage movement elaborately cut to resemble a giant octopus.
Stefan Kudoke can be described as a rising rock star of the watchmaking world.
Still in his 30s, the young watchmaker studied the art with skilled professionals and then worked for the biggest names in the watchmaking industry “who is who” list. By now, his CV includes a job at Glashütte Original’s complications and prototypes department, as well as some time spent at Breguet, Blancpain and Omega.
By the age of 22 he even created his own brand — Kudoke — that specializes in making skeletonized timepieces.
As you can see on the pictures, his new Kudoke KudOktopus watch features a giant cephalopod, which is cut on the mainplate of the historic Unitas 6498 hand-wound movement.
With some of the parts in rose gold and some rhodiumed, the octopus looks frighteningly alive.
The pair of heat-blued Breguet-type steel hands finishes the picture providing the watch with very classic, even antique appearance.
The whole setup is encased in a standard body 42 mm in diameter that will be available in stainless steel, yellow gold and white gold and is clearly seen through the pair of sapphire crystals on the front and back.
Price has not been disclosed so far, but you’d better prepare yourself to be impressed.
Kudoke KudOktopus hand-wound skeletonized watch specification
Movement: Manual, Unitas 6498, 17 jewels, 36.60 mm in diameter, 4.50 mm in height, 18,000 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Extensively skeletonized, rhodiumed
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case material: Stainless steel / Yellow gold / White gold
Bezel material: Stainless steel / Yellow gold / White gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Skeletonized in the shape of an Octopus
Hands: Heat-blued steel, Breguet-type
Water resistance: N/A
Strap: Louisiana crocodile or genuine leather strap, hand-sewn, stainless steel buckle
Case back: Sapphire