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Konstantin Chaykin Reveals Limited Edition Mouse King Watch

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Konstantin Chaykin’s new limited edition “Mouse King” watch takes inspiration from a classic fairytale and the Chinese zodiac.
Konstantin Chaykin Mouse King watch with a gold "crown".
Konstantin Chaykin Mouse King watch with a gold “crown”. Credit: Konstantin Chaykin

Russian independent watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin has revealed the latest addition to the “Wristmon Collection” – the playful “Mouse King” watch.

When thinking of how to describe this unique Russian watchmaker, the first words that jump to mind are “fun” and “quirky,” and the Mouse King watch is no different.

Following in the footsteps of the smiling “Joker” and other editions of the Wristmons Collection, the Mouse King features the same two “googly eyes,” two disks that rotate to indicate the hours and minutes while the “smile” acts as the moon phase indicator. Thanks to the quirky time-telling movements, it’s estimated that the Mouse King can display over 20,000 different facial expressions ranging from moody to straight out cheeky depending on where the “eyes” and “tongue” are positioned.

The inspiration for the Mouse King began during the Christmas holidays when watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin was reading E.T.A Hoffmann’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King” to his daughter as a bedtime story. A story close to Konstantin’s heart (in part because of the character Drosselmeier who is a watchmaker), this time, it was the character of the angry Mouse King that caught his attention.

Inspired by "The Nutcracker and The Mouse King" fairytale
Inspired by “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King” fairytale. Credit: Konstantin Chaykin

Having already been considering creating a mouse inspired watch for the Chinese New Year “Year of the Mouse,” it struck Konstantin as no coincidence that the exact date of the Chinese New Year fell on the same day as his daughters birthday and his mother’s name day (a European tradition of celebrating everyone who has the same name – similar to a birthday). The idea for a new watch started forming.

The latest addition to the Wristmon Collection.
The latest addition to the Wristmon Collection. Credit: Konstantin Chaykin

While considering different watch and clock decisions, it was finally decided that the Mouse King should become a Wristmon Collection watch with the smiling joker face, and the angry king would have no choice but to be happy.

Another reason for the Wristmon design was Konstantin Chaykin’s long term desire to experiment with moving the crown of the watch to 12’o’clock, and the Mouse King watch provided the perfect opportunity to do so – becoming the actual “crown” of the Mouse King and created in 18K gold with an embedded genuine ruby.

The Mouse King's gold crown with a ruby jewel.
The Mouse King’s gold crown with a ruby jewel. Credit: Konstantin Chaykin

Other design features of Konstantin Chaykin’s Mouse King is the titanium case with “ears” formed by the upper lugs and the delicate Guilloche engraved face with its detailed whiskers and fur-like appearance.

The Mouse King also sees an upgrade of the watch movement from the ETA 2824 that powered the previous versions of the Joker to the new K07-01 movement, which offers a power reserve of 50 hours instead of the previous 38 hours.

The Mouse King is limited to only seven pieces (in a nod to the seven-headed Mouse King in the original 1816 fairytale) and is available from Konstantin Chaykin.

Guilloche detailing with multi-color lacquer to create the 3D effect.
Guilloche detailing with multi-color lacquer to create the 3D effect. Credit: Konstantin Chaykin
Konstantin Chaykin Mouse King Watch Details & Price

Case: 42 x 13.7 mm

Dial: Dial finish in Silver with multi-color lacquer coating and Guilloche detailing

Material: Titanium with 18k gold crown with ruby insert

Movement: Cal. K07-1 with automatic winding (Vaucher 3002 base used by Hermes, Parmigiani, and Richard Mille)

Functions: Hours, minutes, and moon phase

Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)

Winding: Automatic

Power reserve: 50 hours

Strap: Black alligator with calfskin lining and golden stitching

Water resistance: 30 m

Limited edition: 7 pieces

Price: €24,900

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MB&F Celebrates 15th Anniversary With New Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO

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The new MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO is a sporty take on the classic Legacy Machine first introduced five years ago and the first 270ft water-resistant version. 
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The MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO in black, atomic orange and blue. Credit: MB&F

It’s been five years since MB&F first debuted the iconic Legacy Machine timepiece, and while it has had several iterations over its lifetime, the EVO is an entirely new sporty edition and boasts several new “firsts” for the Legacy Machine Perpetual model. 

Featuring the bright new color option “atomic orange” and an ergonomic silicone rubber strap for the first time on an MB&F watch creation, the reimagined the Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO is the kind of watch you could imagine a horology loving, globe-trotting adventurer casually wearing as a “daily.” 

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Orange Detail Lifestyle
First time a silicone rubber strap has been used on a Legacy Machine. Credit: MB&F

Powered by the perpetual calendar engine developed by Stephen McDonnell for MB&F, the robust Legacy Machine Perpetual calendar essentially turns the traditional perpetual calendar system on its head by using a “mechanical processor” instead of the traditional grand levier (big lever) system design. 

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Orange Front & Caseback
MB&F LM Perpetual EVO in atomic orange. Credit: MB&F

The mechanical processor consists of a series of superimposed disks that utilizes a default 28-day month (because logically all months have at least 28 days) and adds extra days as required. This means that each month always has the exact number of days required; and removes the possibility of the date jumping incorrectly. Also, while the leap year can only be set on traditional perpetual calendars by scrolling through up to 47 months, the Legacy Machine Perpetual has a dedicated quickset pusher to adjust the year.

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO White Watch Face
MB&F LM Perpetual EVO in black. Credit: MB&F

The EVO sees a new addition to the perpetual calendar in the form of a new specially developed monobloc shock-absorbing system (known as the “FlexRing”). Designed as an annular dampener fitted between the case and movement, the FlexRing helps provide shock protection along the vertical and lateral axes and aids the EVO’s ability to undergo rigorous movement and still keep perfect time.

MB&F LM Perpetual EVO Blue Watch Face
MB&F LM Perpetual EVO in blue. Credit: MB&F

In another first for the LM Perpetual model, the EVO has been created with a 44mm case in zirconium. Lighter than steel, more durable than titanium, and offering hypoallergenic properties, the use of zirconium for a case is a feat in itself considering its propensity to spontaneously ignite in powdered form, making it highly dangerous when being machined and rarely used in watchmaking.

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO Blue Lifestyle Boating
Water resistant up to 270ft (80m) for the first time. Credit: MB&F

The new EVO also differs from LM designs of the past with a new no-bezel case that fuses the domed sapphire crystal directly to the case, offering a seamless and uncluttered view of the moving watch face of the Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO.

MB&F Legacy Machine EVO White Front & Caseback
Black dial with a white silicone rubber strap. Credit: MB&F

It is also the first MB&F design to be rated water-resistance up to 270ft. By implementing a screw-down crown, the winding system disengages the crown from the winding mechanism when it’s pushed in and tightened, eliminating the chance of manually over-winding the mainspring barrel. 

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO Orange Watch Face
Perpetual Calendar indicates the minutes, hours, day, date and month. Credit: MB&F

Available in three different PVD/CVD dial-plate color options – atomic orange, black and blue – the MB&F Legacy Machine EVO is a very limited series with only 15 of each color created to celebrate MB&F’s 15th anniversary. 

The Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO is priced at CHF 152,000 and available from MB&F direct.

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO Blue Front & Caseback
Blue dial with black silicone rubber strap. Credit: MB&F

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO Details

Variants

  • Zirconium case with atomic orange CVD dial plate
  • Zirconium case with blue CVD dial plate
  • Zirconium case with black PVD dial plate

Engine

  • LM Perpetual Calendar movement developed for MB&F by Stephan McDonnell
  • Power reserve: 72 hours
  • Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
  • Number of components: 581
  • Number of jewels: 41

Functions / Indications

  • Hours, minutes, day, date, month, retrograde leap year and power-reserve indicators

Case

  • Material: Zirconium
  • Dimensions: 44 mm x 17.5 mm
  • Number of components: 70
  • Water resistance: 270ft / 80m / 8 ATM

Strap & Buckle

  • Rubber strap with titanium folding buckle

Price

  • MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual EVO Price: CHF 152,000 + VAT / USD$167,000 + tax / EUR 142,000 + tax

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MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Create Eight “Jules Verne Inspired” Legacy Machines

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MB&F has partnered with artisan engraver Eddy Jaquet to create eight limited-edition Legacy Machine watches inspired by the classic tales of 19th-century sci-fi author Jules Verne.
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Limited Edition "Jules Verne" inspired Legacy Machine. Credit: MB&F
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Limited Edition “Jules Verne” inspired Legacy Machine. Credit: MB&F

Independent Swiss watchmaker MB&F is no stranger to collaborations (especially with a name that is short for “Max Busser & Friends), and this latest limited edition set of 18K red-gold Legacy Machines Split Escapements created in partnership with master engraver Eddy Jaquet, only serves to reinforce the legacy of “art created by friends.”

Born in 1965, in a small village on the outskirts of Neuchâtel, Eddy Jaquet first learned his trade at the École d’Arts Appliqués in La Chaux-de-Fonds and has worked as an engraver from 1987 to this day. In 2011, he first became a Friend of MB&F, enlisted to hand-engrave the names of Kari Voutilainen and Jean-François Mojon on the movement bridge of the very first Legacy Machine watches.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Portrait
Master engraver Eddy Jacquet has reimagined the Legacy Machine. Credit: MB&F

As MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser explains it, “We’ve worked with Eddy for years, but getting Eddy Jaquet to engrave names on movements is like playing Für Elise on a Stradivarius violin — you couldn’t imagine a more modest use of such an amazing gift.”

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Voyage To The Centre Of The Earth Legacy Machine
Limited edition “Journery To The Center Of The Earth” Legacy Machine Split Escapement. Credit: MB&F

It seemed only natural that the next step was to give Eddy Jaquet creative license to unleash the full extent of his imagination and engraving skill upon eight new Legacy Machine Split Escapement watches.

After a brainstorming session with Max Büsser (an avid science fiction fan), the team ultimately decided that the theme for the new watches would be based on the writings of 19th-century sci-fi author Jules Verne, a prolific writer of some of the world’s most captivating science fiction adventures known to readers.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne Legacy Machine
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet “Michael Strogoff” edition. Credit: MB&F

Tasked with creating the individual designs to be engraved on each watch face, Eddy Jaquet threw himself into the world of Jules Verne as part of the research and design process, reading up to 60 novels and short stories by Verne, including the 54-volume series of bestselling adventure novels known as the “Voyages Extraordinaires.”

Eight final stories were then selected, including the more well-known “Around The World In 80 Days” and some of Verne’s lesser-known works like Michael Strogoff and The Adventures of Captain Hatteras.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Michael Strogoff Legacy Machine

During the process, Jaquet also researched significant secondary creative works such as original published illustrations and set to work to create his own initial sketches and engraved detailed key moments and characters from each story as a tapestry upon the individual watch faces.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet “Jules Verne Inspired” Limited Edition Legacy Machines
  1. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (top left)
  2. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (top right)
  3. Around The World In Eighty Days (second row left)
  4. The Adventures Of Captain Hatteras (second row right)
  5. Robur The Conqueror (third row left)
  6. Michael Strogoff (third row right)
  7. From The Earth To The Moon (bottom row left)
  8. Five Weeks In A Balloon (bottom row right)
MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Jules Vern Inspired Legacy Machine Watches

It’s important to note that although the Legacy Machine has some of the largest dial “real estate” of the MB&F designs, in order to truly bring the engravings to life, the Legacy Machine Split Escapement was redesigned, including a slimmer bezel and wider dial plate, to ensure maximum space to tell the stories as imagined by Eddy Jaquet.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet From The Earth To The Moon Movement
Dial-plate engravings inspired by “From The Earth To The Moon”. Credit: MB&F

Designs like that of the “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea” allowed Jaquet to utilize the dial plate fully and depict the submarine Nautilus, drifting in the depths of the ocean and a pair of ruined pillars just above the power-reserve, reminiscent of the scene in which Captain Nemo and his crew explore the lost city of Atlantis.

Meanwhile, in the piece used to depict “Five Weeks In A Balloon,” Jaquet used the dial plate to imagine a trio of zebras visible at the date dial, quietly refreshing themselves at a watering hole on the African savannah. While not part of his initial concept sketch, the zebra’s were added late in the engraving process for a key point of aesthetic balance. This, however, required Jaquet to adjust the placement of two nearby hippopotami, highlighting the agility and adaptive skills essential to the delicate project.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet From The Earth To The Moon Legacy Machine Front
18K red-gold watch with alligator strap. Credit: MB&F

Apart from the large amount of space afforded on the dial plate, the Legacy Machine Split Escapement also makes sense as the choice of watch for the special 19th-century Jules Verne inspired editions with MB&F founder Maximilian Büsser having initially created the Legacy Machine based on the musing “What watch would he have created if he had been born in 1867 instead of 1967?”

It would appear the answer to that is about as close to this watch as it comes.

Limited to eight pieces in total (one of each design), the MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Legacy Machines are reportedly sold-out.

MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Legacy Machine Split Escapement Details

Engine
  • LM SE movement developed for MB&F by Stephan McDonnell
  • Split escapement with the balance wheel suspended above the dial and the anchor and escapement wheel under the movement
  • Manual winding with double mainspring barrels
  • Power reserve: 72 hours
  • Balance frequency: 2.5Hz / 18,000bph
  • Number of components: 296
  • Number of jewels: 35
Functions / Indications
  • Hours, minutes, date and power-reserve indicators
  • Push-button next to the date dial for quick adjustment of the dial
Case
  • Material: 5N+ 18k red gold
  • Sapphire crystals on top and display back treated with anti-reflective coating on both faces
  • Dimensions: 44.5 mm x 18.2 mm
  • Number of components: 17
  • Water resistance: 30 m / 100ft / 3 ATM
Strap & Buckle
  • Dark brown hand-stitched alligator strap with 5N+ red gold folding buckle matching the case
Price
  • MB&F x Eddy Jaquet Legacy Machine Split Escapement Price: USD $162,000 (already sold out)

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URWERK Reveals UR-220 “Falcon Project”

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Independent watchmaker URWERK has now welcomed the UR-220 “Falcon Project” as the latest addition to the UR-Satellite collection.
Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Front Face
The URWERK UR-220 “Falcon Project” wandering hours watch. Credit: URWERK

After the recent release of the UR-210 “final edition,” independent Swiss watchmaker URWERK has now welcomed the UR-220 “Falcon Project” as the latest addition to the UR-Satellite collection.

Following on as part of the futuristic UR-2xxx series that saw the wandering hours complication in the UR-202, the addition of URWERK’s iconic “oil change” indicator and Horological Odometer (to track the number of years in use) in the UR-203 and the continuation of the movement in the UR-210, the UR-220 shares the same wandering hours design and has picked up the oil change indicator as well.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Side View
Use of a new rubber watch for the first time. Credit: URWERK

As a refresher, URWERK’s unique wandering hours design consists of three individually rotating cubes that also rotate clockwise. As an individual hour cube enters the lower “minute” half of the watch from the left-hand side of the watch face, the minute pointer jumps back in a fraction of a second to the start of the 60-minute scale, to begin the next hour.

Inspired by contemporary video science-fiction games, the only other indication on the black and radioactive green dial is that of the power reserve, displayed on two up/down gauges, each of 24 hours. When the movement is wound, the right-hand gauge reacts first. As soon as it shows 24 hours of power reserve, the left-hand gauge takes over.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Swiss Made
New font designed by Martin Frei with fluorescent green lettering. Credit: URWERK

While looking visually similar to the UR-210, the UR-220 is slimmer (14.8mm vs. 17.8mm ).

For the first time ever, URWERK has used a lightweight carbon for the case created by 81 layers of ultra-thin high resistance CTP (carbon thin ply) carbon compressed into a hard resin. Once compressed, the carbon block is machined to reveal patterns that emphasize the curves of the case.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Swiss Made Breakdown
All the compenents needed to make the URWERK UR-220. Credit: URWERK

“I wanted to have the finest possible pattern traced along the length of the UR-220’s case,” explains Martin Frei, URWERK’s co-founder. “We therefore needed a special kind of carbon in layers that are not only parallel but as thin as possible. The concentric pattern you can see on the surface of the UR-220 is the result of this choice. The carbon layers underscore the curves of the sapphire-crystal glass of this watch. In terms of style and technique this UR-220 is just the way I wanted it.”

Another element that has returned to the new model is the oil change indicator, which takes the shape of a numerical counter and indicates to the owner when the watch is due for its next “service.” To start the indicator’s running time, the owner must remove a security pin and press the push button to start the counter. Once it reaches 39 months, it’s time to return the watch to URWERK for an “oil change” where the watchmakers will also reset the counter to zero and replace the pin.

Urwerk UR-220 Falcon Project Case Back Oil Change
Oil Change feature to indicate when its time to service the watch. Credit: URWERK

“It’s more than a numerical counter making a cold tally of the months,” says Felix Baumgartner, URWERK’s co-founder. “The Oil Change indicator tells you how long your watch has actually been working on your wrist, and reflects the energy you have fuelled it with every day. It connects you with your watch.”

In another first for URWERK, the UR-220 features a rubber strap made from cured, molded, and Vulcarboné textured rubber, giving it a soft velvet-like texture.

Urwerk UR-220220 Falcon Project Watch
Powered by the URWERK caliber UR-7.20. Credit: URWERK

Powered by the URWERK caliber UR-7.20, the manual wound watch provides a power reserve of 48 hours.

The URWERK UR-220 is priced at CHF 145,000 (approx. USD$160,000) and available from URWERK.

Technical Specifications

Model: URWERK UR-220 “Falcon Project” Carbon Edition
Number: Limited Edition 25 pieces
Price: CHF 145,000
Made: Switzerland
Dimensions: 43.8 mm width; 53.6 mm length; 14.8 mm thickness
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Time Caliber: UR-7.20 manually wound
Materials: Carbon CTP (Carbon Thin Ply) – 81 layers
Strap: Vulcarbone cured rubber with black DLC buckle
Water Resistant: 30 meters (3 ATM/3 Bar)

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