Konstantin Chaykin & Andersen Geneve Joker Automaton Watch Hands-On
Sale Price realised HKD , With Andersen Certificate, product literature and fitted presentation box. The independent watchmaker, Svend Andersen has been creating watches for more than four decades. From then on he started manufacturing high quality watches for collectors while setting horological world records such as developing the smallest annual calendar watch that is the size of a match head. The present lot belongs to a collection by Andersen known as the Eros XL model. This collection of watch contains an erotic automaton on the case back.
The timepiece is a play on words with a mix-and-match concept of various sensual and sexy phrases on the dial, from which one can choose to display a series of different messages. While the whimsical watch is an updated take on eroticism, with just 30 pieces ever being made, it is destined to be a temptress at auctions in years to come. Erotic timepieces are an important part of watchmaking history. Often going against the grain of certain moral or ethical codes, these watches were sometimes banned or confiscated. Nonetheless many found their way to market over the centuries — much like the poses and prose in the famed Kama Sutra. According to Antiquorum Auction House, the first types of erotic watches were made for the Chinese market, with the most luxurious ones created for the Emperor and his entourage. These sophisticated watches were exquisite and rare, often with gold ornamentation.
CABINET DE CURIOSITÉS
O ne of the more fun, exclusive high-end watches debuted at Baselworld was a dual-effort between Moscow-based Konstantin Chaykin and Svend Andersen of Andersen Geneve. The two independent watchmakers each took something they are known for and created the Joker Automaton watch. A little of the Batman universe was thrown in for good effect. The Joker Automaton watch builds on the very popular Konstantin Chaykin Joker watches originally debuted in The two eyes are actually discs which indicate the hours and minutes, and the mouth is an upside-down moon phase indicator.
The present watch is numbered of a very small series. However, each watch can be consider as unique, because all parts of the automaton are artistically cut out, miniature-painted by a skillful craftsman, an artist painter and assembled by Mr Andersen, himself. By pushing the button at X, one discovers automatons representing a libertine love scene.