Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime Watch Hands-On

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime Watch Hands-On

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime Watch Hands On   hands on

I would venture to say that the Russian-made Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime is one of the most interesting watches in the world. That isn't to say that there aren't dozens of extremely interesting watches, but rather that this timepiece integrates so much of the story of the modern luxury watch into one small package. Timepieces such as this really are much more than the sum of their parts from a description of the design. This is the stuff that helps define entire genres and sets the tone for other watch making regions.

Konstantin Chaykin, as of now, is the only high-end watchmaker in Russia. Their watches are 100% made in Russia, and the manufacture is in Moscow. I had the pleasure of visiting their manufacture in 2013 and seeing hands-on how they make watches, pursue unique designs, and make a high-end product in a unique region of the world. Among Russian watch lovers Konstantin Chaykin is controversial - oddly enough. His workshop is probably more famous outside of Russia than within it. What Konstantin Chaykin represents to me is a resurgence of an old-world Russia, complete with imperial majesty and pride for creating beautiful unique things. Moscow is full of inspiration, complete with a number of pre-Soviet structures that remind people what Russia was like historically. Enough of it makes its way into his designs.

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime Watch Hands On   hands on

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime Watch Hands On   hands on

Konstantin Chaykin himself is a soft-spoken man with a scientific background and no formal training as a watchmaker. This seems to be the case with many of the younger Russian watchmakers that I've met. Each of them is self-taught, and it shows in how they operate. Swiss watchmakers are more regimented and rely on set, traditional methods for making watches. Russian watchmakers such as Chaykin seem to "figure things out" more than follow implicit directions.

Each of his movements, like each of his watches, is a unique composition. As of now, there is no coherent brand DNA. No two watches designed by Konstantin are the same. Some are classic, some are modern, but all do something a bit out of the ordinary. Though, the brand has mentioned that it is internally working on a more simple movement that it can produce in larger volumes, as an entry level piece. Having said that, let's look at one of the brand's most high-end watches to-date, the Lunokhod Prime.

Konstantin Chaykin Lunokhod Prime Watch Hands On   hands on

11 comments
ZL
ZL

I really like the focus in this article on Russia as a region not associated with this level of watchmaking but maintaining originality, confidence, and Russian pride in these pieces. I have often commented here on my desire to see Chinese watches come of age. It is cool and encouraging to see other regions prove that they can earn respect and stand shoulder to shoulder with countries more economically advantaged, countries that have prestige just in their name.

antjay
antjay

Not the most legible of design , but if you can afford this watch you can probably afford someone to read it for you .

Like the shape of the case .

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

No thanks, it looks good or odd , wears good as you said but I buy the  ALS datograph instead!

ynot678
ynot678

Look like a vintage time machine- " back to the future".

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Nice, but I prefer the non-gold version better - the gold here looks more like brass. Maybe it is just the lighting/photography (you do look a little jaundiced in some of these shots Ariel). 


I'd like to see this watch and the Christophe Colomb duke it out in a 'best bubble battle'. I'd put my money on the Zenith, but even the Anderson Silvas of this world break their legs from time to time. 

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

From Faberge Eggs to the Lada , and now to the Lunokhod...what a cycle. From the country that gave the world Josef Stalin and Dimirti Shostakovitch at the same time...what a puzzlement.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

So if the retrograde hand at the bottom of the face is for the seconds, where is the minutes hand?

Not to quibble (much) but I don't get why the sun indicator is active starting at midnight and ending at noon. I would think that 6 to 6 makes more sense. Maybe Moscow is to far north that they have 'midnight sun', ha ha.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@antjay If you can afford this, the time is probably whatever you say it is.

JasonDunn
JasonDunn

@ynot678You mean like this time machine from the TV show Voyagers?  (I was thinking the same thing you were.)