Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi Watch

Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi Watch

Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi Watch   watch releases

The avant garde dress watch that inspired a sport watch now inspires a dress watch. This new model from Finnish Sarpaneva is called the Korona K0 Wuoksi and is based on the brand's first dive watch called the Korona K0 that we showed you hands-on here. While highly evocative of the brand's signature look, the piece feels pleasantly fresh (while familiar).

When I discussed the Korona K0 "Ruler of Water" dive watch (linked to above), the first reader comment on the post was "it's just not a Sarpaneva without the weirdo moon face." Perhaps Stepan Sarpaneva agreed with him a bit because this new K0 Wuoksi is the original K0 with a new type of moon phase indicator (including a strange looking face) in place of the inner rotating diver bezel.

It amazes me all the things Sarpaneva can do with merely modifying the date wheel disc on Soprod A10 automatic movements. Once again the Swiss A10 automatic gets its date wheel modified to being a moon phase indicator. By the way, the caseback of the watch reveals a view of the movement and you can appreciate Sarpaneva's attractive movement decoration and cool looking custom automatic rotor. Not only do you have those cool eyes again on the rotor, but the weight seems to have luminant on it.

Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi Watch   watch releases

Rather than the traditional circle-style moon phase with a plate moving over a two-dimensional representation of the moon, this piece has a plate that slowly reveals or hides the "moon's eyes" as a way of showing the waxing or waning moon. It is quite clever, especially because it does three things very well. First, it incorporates a moon phase indicator in a fresh and original way. Second, it offers the moon phase indicator in a less obstructive way. Third, it is still able to use the signature "serious moon" face that Sarpaneva is known for.

The dial of the Korona K0 Wuoksi comes in two finishes and is cut by Sarpaneva personally. The moon face itself is available in four materials being bronze, copper, silver or gold. These watches are often produced specifically upon order and customization is frequently part of the buying process. The watch dial itself is attractive though it takes up an arguably small part of the overall dial. The hands and hour markers have SuperLumiNova luminant. The watch case is 46mm wide and comes in various steel finishes. Being a dive watch at heart, the Korona K0 Wuoksi is still water resistant to 300 meters.

Sarpaneva is a very small boutique watch maker and produces no more than about 50 watches per year. The Korona K0 Wuoksi will be part of that overall limited production. Your best bet for getting one is a special order (and of course you can customize it). I have a feeling I will be someone that does that someday. The watch will also be available on a rubber, alligator, or frog skin strap. I think I have to credit Artya for being the indy brand to popularize frog skin leather straps. Price for the Korona K0 Wuoski will start at 9,500 Euros.

Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi Watch   watch releases

Tech specs from Sarpaneva:

MOVEMENT: Modified Soprod A10 calibre,
11.5 lines, 28800 vph (4 Hz)
Mechanical, automatic winding
The movement’s mainplate is modified to incorporate the phases of the moon (29,5 days).The function is situated at 12 o’clock where the sliding night sky covers or opens the face of the moon.
25 jewels
42-hour power reserve
Rhodium-plated, finished with perlage
CASE: Stainless Steel, 46 mm in diameter, 11.2 mm thick
2.5 mm thick sapphire crystal with multi anti-reflection coating inside
Screw down crown
Water-resistant to 300 m
DIAL:DLC or TiN coated stainless steel with Superluminova indexis
MOON FACE: Copper, Bronze, Silver or Gold
HANDS: Rhodium-plated with Superluminova
STRAP: Rubber, Alligator or Frog Skin

6 comments
ZL
ZL

It hurts me that this is comfortably beyond my price range :( 

CG
CG

"Avant Garde" with sewer grate and evil moon eyes... Scare the kids with it.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Wonder how it will look at 7:22 with a full moon. Will the hands then make a fu manchu mustache (the Sarpaneva plate makes the mouth). Perhaps truly a "watch face: then. 

Yeah, the hands are too short and the dial still looks like a sewer grate, but that's been said before...

 I get the full moon display, but other phases essentially don't show anything. So this is becomes a full moon, not a true moon phase complication. Whatever, at least it's different (and equally useless). 

Scott A
Scott A

This is a beautiful watch!!  I do like the hands better on the K 1, 2 and 3 models. This would be perfect if the minute hand was 3/4mm longer. Visually it would be more balanced. The second hand extends to the "rim" of the outer ring, same with the hour hand, but the minute hand falls short on the ring it extends to...Still a great watch and that small detail would not stop me from buying this watch in the future. Looks like the hand are the same length as the diver reviewed not to long ago here.

...And I do like the moon face....

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

The blue one is lovely indeed.  Still, the Man in the Moon creepily spying on you through a small crack in his blinds is off-putting.  At least his hideous troll-like visage is mostly obscured in this version.  Have to give them kudos for being one of the few manufacturers to produce genuinely distinctive watches.  I don't think the hands are too short in this case because the minute markers radiate from the centre of the dial so it remains readable.  While it might look more proportional if the markers and hands reached the perimeter, it appears the intention was to keep the hours and minutes on different rings, thus preventing the possibility of the second hand overlapping the hour markers.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

I was about to bust out one of my trademark 'mehs' until I got to the bottom and saw the blue dial version - very attractive. I know exactly where that would slip into the rotation. And considering they took my advice on this one (I'm positive I'm the one that called it a 'wierdo moon face', I'm big on such endearing terms) ill assume that I will be gifted one of these by Sarpaneva as a consultants fee. Very nice of them!

If its possible, I looks like the hands are shorter than ever? They have that georgeous seconds hand that stretches out across the entire dial, and then basically the same hand, in design and size, for both minutes and hours. I personally think that the grate dial would be complimented with bigger hands, although it look like Stepan feels they would hide too much of it?