Sarpaneva Woodoo Moon Piece Unique Watch

Sarpaneva Woodoo Moon Piece Unique Watch

Sarpaneva Woodoo Moon Piece Unique Watch   hands on

When buying high-end watches from small, independent watchmakers, you are buying the personality of the watchmaker as much as you are the watch. Like art, an investment in a boutique and perhaps one-of-a-kind watch is primarily emotional before it is practical. However, how often is it that you find the watchmaker’s face on the watch itself? The Sarpaneva Woodoo is one such example… and we also happen to think it is a cool watch for Halloween today.

Quite literally, Finnish Stepan Sarpaneva’s face is on the dial of the piece unique Woodoo watch. This individually made watch is based on the Sarpaneva Korona Moonshine that came out a few years ago. What Stepan did is overlay a diamond-studded skull mask over the face of the grimacing moon. The face is loosely based on Stepan’s own face – and if it isn’t, then it seems all too convenient. That’s actually him below modeling off the face paint inspiration. What followed was probably a hell of a night for Mr. Sarpaneva.

Sarpaneva Woodoo Moon Piece Unique Watch   hands on

Sarpaneva Woodoo Moon Piece Unique Watch   hands on

Sarpaneva likes to tie all this together with local Finland lore and heritage. While I don’t think it occurs in Helsinki where the brand is based, according the Sapraneva, in northern Finland during the winter in November, the sun sets for a full 51 days under the horizon before showing itself again. Yes, it is true that such natural occurrences are known to make people go mad (and often kill themselves or one another), but perhaps they are also good reasons to make a watch. When the sun is down, the moon is there however…

What really put Sarpaneva on the map are his moon-phase watches that use his character-rich moon face. They are so distinctive that MB&F collaborated with Sarpaneva on the HM3 MoonMachine collection. The Korona Moonshine and now the Woodoo do have moon phase indicators, but not in the standard way. Rather, they focus on a large image of the moon face which Sarpaneva is known for. Time is told on a single moving disc and read via an indicator in a window at 8 o’clock. This is analogous to a single hand watch in terms of how the time is read.

6 comments
MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Great, a watch you can wear one day a year (Halloween) and can never read the time at a glace. As art I have no problem with it. As a watch...well, they could have put time display on the back of the watch and it would work almost as well. Now that would be stealth. You have to remove your watch to see the time. None of that peeking at the time by other people. And maybe put a power reserve on the front (while keeping the time on the back). That would mess people up.

At least Stepan must behaving fun doing these pieces. So good for him (and a non-event for the rest of us).

CG
CG

The image of a "face" is the most instinctive image in our minds. Hence, the Man in the Moon! This seems garish and ugly at first but it does soften and change aspect for me the longer I look at it. It really is innovative artistically... sure I'd like to see a more classically rendered Moon Man but this is pretty good.

Ryan B
Ryan B

um .... how about no.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

First thing I thought was "how do you read the moonphase?". If you can't figure it out having actually worn the watch, something is wrong. 

But, it's only a single watch, so who cares, really. 

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Sarpaneva, a brand I normally appreciate, have leapt into Artya-levels of stupidity here.  Of the many moon-phase "face" designs i've seen, the one Sarpaneva uses is easily the ugliest.  Now it's even bigger so it is even harder to ignore that scowling, bag-eyed, bad-brow-lift and lip surgery victim.  I am seeing a fat Sylvester Stallone with Terminator eyes and shiny gravel on his face.

MKRoma
MKRoma

This was actually a commission piece so it was made as per the buyer's specifications.  I personally think it's ugly as hell but am pleased Sarpaneva didnt come up with this on his own accord!