This site is something of a gallery: a pictorial tribute to the high quality creations that have advanced the art, science and history of horology; as well as the personalities who created them, and the designers and image makers who portray them so desirably.
For the most part, I prefer to let these pieces speak for themselves.
Monday, 8 August 2016
Sarpaneva - Korona K0 Northern Lights
To be able to design something that is unmistakably modern, without
violating any of the basic tenets of classic design, is quite an achievement.
Throw in the use of a modern flashy material and even more skill and restraint
is needed to arrive at something captivating, rather than tacky. And on top of
all that, if you can work your own distinctively iconic imagery into the
project and stamp it as your own then you have created something extraordinary.
I think Stepan Sarpaneva has done all this with the Korona K0 Northern
The first thing about this piece that caught my attention is the case –
having such a distinctive shape while remaining aesthetically pleasing in a
familiar way. The curves of the lugs flow into and echo the curves of the case,
avoiding the all-too-common appearance of lugs having been stuck on as an
afterthought. Sarpaneva’s iconic moon may have an expression that’s hard to
read, but as it’s moon phase indicator he’s clear as day… or night. Watching
him arrive and leave over the course of a month changes the appearance of the piece
from day today.
The dial design at first looks complicated, but actually contains very
little that’s unnecessary. Radiating lines of solid lume represent each minute
and second. The amazing lume is by Black Badger, and has also been utilized by
MB&F, (previously posted here).
As a picture, it looks great on my screensaver. But I would love to
actually get to handle one!