Famed Finish watchmaker, best known for its distinctive frowny moon phase representation, has made another unique and captivating piece named Korona N01 Northern Lights. As it could have been expected, the watch includes the recognizable display for the phases of the moon. It also has a very interesting colorful under-dial in three various colors which is meant to represent the appearance of Northern Lights, as it is suggested by its name. The automatic watch comes in a steel housing and it is paired with either leather or rubber wristlets.
The thing that made Stepan Sarpaneva famous in the world of watchmaking is his creation of distinct moon phase displays which include a representation of our satellite as a frowning face. To be more precise, it is actually a stylized version of Sarpaneva’s own face represented in a sort of a cartoonish manner. This kind of feature works really well aesthetically, which is why several high-end watchmakers have collaborated with Sarpaneva and why the Finnish artist has incorporated his well-known complication into several top-notch watches. One of the best examples is MB&F HM3 which is otherwise known as “Moon Machine”.
When Sarpaneva was promoting Moon Machine during the famous Salon QP event in London, he met a Swedish jeweler James Thompson whose brand bears the name Balck Badger Advanced Composites and who specializes in creation of pieces covered in glowing matter. Two entrepreneurs agreed to make a watch on their own and the result is exactly new Korona K01 Northern Lights Piece.
The appearance of Aurora Borealis on the new timekeeper was achieved with the use of a brand new luminous matter. It is based on a material named Moonglow which Thompson used prior to that, but which was not sufficient since it only came in one color – green. This is why the founder of Black Badger Advanced Composites turned to another specialized business, Ambient Glow Technology from Canada. Together they created a completely new type of a lume composite which comes in three different colors that are poetically named Radar Green, Aqua Blue and Purple Reign. This material is interesting since it comes in a solid form. Unlike other luminous composites which are just coated over a solid matter, this one, used for the dials of new Korona K01 Northern Light watch, can actually be shaped to correct form and used as a lower part of its dial. As Thompson explained, the new timekeeper figuratively has a face carved out of light.
The glowing matter of novel watches is visible on the dial, but it is covered with sort of a grille made out of steel with DLC coating, which is yet another of the recognizable traits of Sarpaneva creations. There are also Superluminova coated and dot-shaped indices and rhodium-plated hands with the same luminous coating. Of course, one can likewise notice the famed moon phase display at the bottom of the watch’s face. Depending on the version, the moon representation is made of 18K red gold or 18K white gold.
The only supported functions of the new luminous timepiece are hours and minutes, as well as a moon phase display. For the model, Sarpaneva used Soprod A10 caliber which he modified. Since the caliber includes a date disc, the Finnish watchmaker modified it to have a period of revolution of 29.5 days which corresponds to the period of lunar cycle. Otherwise, it is a mechanical caliber with self-winding and a power storage which lasts for around 42 hours. The 25-jeweled movement has the diameter of 11 ½ lignes and the regulating organ which operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph. It is rhodium-plated and embellished with perlage finishing. Other present decorations include DLC coating for the winding rotor which is, in order to match the dial and to have the watchmaker’s recognizable mark, made out if 18 K red gold and beautified with a moon face.
The latest model by the Finnish watchmaker is fitted into a round housing made of stainless steel. The version with a violet radiant dial is paired with a housing that has black coating on its steel body. The case has the diameter of 46 mm, as well as the thickness of 12 mm. On its front side, there is a 1.5 mm thick domed sapphire crystal which possesses several glare-proof coatings on its under-side. Thanks to the inclusion of a double secured water-resistant Sarpaneva’s trademark screw-down crown, the construction is waterproof to 100 meters.
For the wristlet, the watch with a glowing dial can be paired with a leather attachment of various colors, or with a black rubber strap. Regardless of the choice, the wristlet is fastened by the means of a buckle in stainless steel.
The peculiar creation by Stepan Sarpaneva is not supplied with many features, but is certainly very original and with the artist’s personal touch quite visible in it. Its price is moderately high. Prior to taxes, the timepiece has the listed price of around $16,225.