When advanced collectors cannot be satisfied by mass production watches, they move on to source the less well known independent watchmakers.
Some of the early independent watchmakers such as Franck Muller, F.P. Journe and Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk are getting more reputable and their work is becoming more developed. They have created their own brand and factory, but at the same time they still support the new independent watchmakers through organisations like AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants). Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin passed the assessment of AHCI in 2010 and has been a member since.
Konstantin Chaykin has created quite a few complex timepieces such as the tourbillon clock and 3D moon phase watch. For the Joker watch released this year, it is comparatively less complex but full of fun. The movement inside is the automatic winding Caliber ETA 2824-2, but what is so special about this watch is the endless combinations of the double-disk time indication and moon-phase display. The hours and minutes disks located at 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock respectively double as the Joker’s eyes, whereas the moon-phase display is Joker’s recognisable smile. As the time and date pass, the Joker will have different facial expressions. The Joker watch is available with a stainless steel case and limited to 99 pieces.