Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod New Moon Watch

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod New Moon Watch

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod New Moon Watch Watch Releases

As a follow-up model to their Lunokhod watch, Russian Konstantin Chaykin releases the very limited edition Lunokhod New Moon. I guess they call it that because it is their new moon phase watch. The original Lunokhod was a very interesting and inspired watch that I discussed hands on here.

The original Lunokhod featured the same case design but was done in an old-style metal called wootz steel. The Lunokhod New Moon has been offered in 18k gold. I think it is yellow gold, and would the first yellow gold watch I have seen in a long time. It still has a sort of artisinal look to it, but the gold material suits the design nicely. The technical difference is that the seconds dial is now a retrograde dial. While not an improvement or anything over the original. It is an interesting new look and seems to suit the dial design better. And who doesn't love them some retrograde action.

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod New Moon Watch Watch Releases

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod New Moon Watch Watch Releases

The dial has been radically changed because it has been skeletonized. This new look makes the Lunokhod much more impressive as an item of haute horlogerie. Obviously more mechanical looking, the dial helps define the concept and brand better. Though it doesn't look as "dark" as the original (you know, like some ritual artifact).

For the moon phase Konstantin Chaykin now uses a pearl. I think that is a neat concept. The phases are still indicated by a shroud that covers it and retracts. I still can't help but feel like the watch has a large eye that is staring at me. The uniqueness of the weird design still impresses me. The pearl moon, if done properly, probably looks a bit hypnotic in the mix of elements.

Limited to just 12 pieces this Lunokhod New Moon model is going to be very limited. In gold it is an even higher luxury item than the original that was in that old-style steel. Price for this watch will be 110,00 Euros.

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  • Kris C

    Is this really that far away from the Lunokhod that new model name is required? Probably should have just been a new iteration of an existing model – save the new model name for doing something different.

    Although I do prefer this one to the original.

  • Russ Schwenkler

    $200K ?! Do some comparisons in that price range and then buy this watch? Not on your life.

    • cluedog12

      @Russ Schwenkler

      It would be an easier sell at ~ $75k…but it is a case-shaped movement and it is quite novel in both design and execution. Both versions have their strengths, so I expect the third version to really hit the sweet spot (industrial steel, retrograde skeleton).

      Is it priced exorbitantly at $140k? I’m not too sure about that. It’s not criminal like some ill-designed tourbillon models circa 2008. I suppose it really depends on how the first edition was priced – I’d eyeball a $5,000 premium for the retrograde minutes, $10,000 for the skeletonizaton and $7500 for the switch to gold & the pearl moon. That’s a $22,500 premium total…does that match the difference in price from the last model?

      • AtSeaWatch

        @cluedog12 @Russ Schwenkler I agree with the comparison with tourbillon watches. Did that tourbillon really add 100K to the value? No, but it was about rarity, exclusivity, and the watchmaker’s art, as is this piece.

  • JohnnyJohnnyJohnny

    The all seeing eye.

  • People shouldn’t complain about the price of watches like this. They’re not practical timepieces; they’re an art-form. What’s the point in making something like a haute-horological timepiece (which takes many years of training and a long time) if not for love? There are many paintings valued well over $200,000, and even less conventional art work going for millions. Why not a watch?

    • Russ Schwenkler

      @SamuelMarklew I’m not fussing about the price, what I’m saying is that among its cost peers, this is one damned ugly watch.

  • liviu verziu

    This is actually a great looking watch. Too bad the price is way out of my reach. Would love such a watch.