The Finnish watchmaker and industrial designed Stepan Sarpaneva has prepared a new version of his stunning Korona K0 diver. Now called Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi and looking like an artifact that could have been created in the Game of Thrones universe, the new watch still features a more than adequate WR rating of 300 meters, but has the brilliantly executed diving bezel replaced with his signature moon phase indicator. You can still use it for recreational diving, though subjecting this piece of art to corrosive sea water looks almost like a blasphemy here.
It is always a pleasure to see people walking off the beaten path in order to find something new. While the overwhelming majority of watchmakers still equip their “moonphase” watches with “classic” indicators where the face of the moon rotates within a specially shaped aperture, the Korona K0 Wuoksi features a fixed moon (or, rather, a very intimidation potion of it) staying at 12 o’clock while a “night sky” disk atop the modified mainplate rotates around the visual axis of the dial completing a cycle in 29.5 days.
Painted in a nice shade of blue, the disk features a random selection of stars that make the whole display even more appealing.
Although it is obvious that this watch will only rarely (if ever) be used as a diving companion (it, for one thing, lacks a proper dive timer making even an impromptu use of scuba a bit uncomfortable), its dial still looks great in terms of readability in difficult lighting conditions. All three hands, as well as the twelve circular-shaped hour markers are covered with enough Superluminova to be perfectly visible even despite the use of the skeletonized dial: another signature element of Sarpaneva design language.
Like the Sarpaneva Korona K2 Kaamos that was revealed two years ago, the new K0 Wuoksi uses a modified version of the same Soprod A10 automatic movement. Designed as a competitor (and also possible successor) to ETA 289x family, the movement, as far as I know, enjoys a pretty good reputation among independent watchmakers.
My only complaint here could be the timekeeper’s size. Measuring 46 millimeters in diameter, the Korona K0 Wuoksi will make a very strong impression on a person who wasn’t previously exposed to this sort of gadgets before. At the same time, it is also possible that the watch will not be as convenient to wear as an average gadget, even despite its relatively low profile of just over eleven millimeters.
However, being more of a work of art than a tool, the K0 Wuksi must be treated as such and, looking from this perspective, seems to be of just the right size for all of its elements to be admired without wearing a watchmaker’s magnifying glass.
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Photos: Sarpaneva Watches
Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi Diver in Black DLC automatic watch specification
Price: €9500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, caliber Soprod A10, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Movement decoration: Modified mainplate with moon phase indicator, skeletonized rotor, rhodium-plated, circular-grained (perlage)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, moonphase
Case material: Stainless steel, DLC-coated
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46.00 mm
Case height: 11.20 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: Black, skeletonized
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, blued, luminous
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Black strap available in rubber, alligator leather or frog skin
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective, 2.50 mm thick
Case back: Sapphire