The controversial Finnish industrial designer and watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva will soon start selling his new Sarpaneva Korona K2 Kaamos automatic watch. As his earlier K1 model, the K2 Kaamos features the same spider-web-style skeletonized dial, but looks more elegant (and also more legible) thanks to its new hour and minute hands and luminous hour markers that make the dial more contrast in broad daylight and more readable in total darkness.
Presented in Sarpaneva’s signature design, the watch is easily recognizable thanks to its elegantly shaped case, skeletonized multilayered dial and black rhodium-plated hour and minute F.P. Journe-style hands with luminous coating.
The DLC-coated stainless steel case is offered in a generous diameter of 42 millimeters, but is only 10.2 mm thick, which also runs in the family.
Its three-dimensional dial comprises three skeletonized layers: the hour marker plate, the “Korona” plate, and a baseplate with sand-blasted finish.
There is also a custom made calendar disk, which is also skeletonized, with current date clearly visible through a narrow vertical aperture at 6 o’clock.
Although skeletonized black dials are usually a real pain to look at, this one is very legible since all three hands and hour indexes come with luminous coating, which glows brightly in darkness and provides very good contrast at daylight.
The dial is protected from the environment with a 1.5 mm thick sapphire crystal with multiple anti-reflection coating, which is applied to the inner side of the crystal. As usual, the glass also features SARPANEVA logo printed right on it.
The whole construct is motivated by the robust (and affordable) Soprod A10 automatic caliber. As I have already noted, the movement is modified by adding a new calendar disk and a DLC coated stainless steel winding rotor.
The watch will be available sometime in 2011 at a still unspecified price, although information starts to surface that the Finnish watchmaker plans to ask as much as €10,000 for this watch. If the rumors regarding the cost of this thing are actually true, the timekeeper’s total production run may be, um, naturally limited by low interest from potential customers.
I mean, watches made by Stepan Sarpaneva tend to look absolutely terrific or, at least, very unusual in a see of “standard” timekeepers that sometimes can be told from one another only by logos on their dials, but… ten thousand Euros for a piece powered by mere Soprod A10? Frankly speaking, I would really like to get one for myself, but the price really looks prohibitive here.
Sarpaneva Korona K2 Kaamos automatic watch specification
Price: TBD, approx. €10,000
Movement: Caliber Soprod A10, automatic, 28,800 vph, 25 jewels, perlage finished followed by black gold coating, Swiss Made
Functions: Hour, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: DLC-coated stainless steel
Bezel material: DLC-coated stainless steel
Case shape: Round, with cutouts
Bezel shape: Round, with cutouts
Case size: 42.00 mm
Case height: 10.20 mm
Dial: Black, skeletonized
Hands: Steel, black rhodium-plated
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Leather in various colors on steel buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire