[The HANDwerk series continues]
Long awaited, but now the time has finally come: after the first two models of the HANDwerk collection KUDOKE 1 and KUDOKE 2, as well as numerous variations and limited editions, the next model of this collection will now be presented in Geneva as part of the exhibition “Masters of Horology” of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) from March 27 to April 2, 2023. And what other name could it have other than: KUDOKE 3.
As with the two previous models, the unique signature of the HANDwerk collection is unmistakable in this timepiece. Again applied elements harmonize with the matte frosted dial surface, lending the watch a sophisticated simplicity. And yet, the dial side is quite different from its predecessors. Inspired by antique English pocket watches, Stefan Kudoke has reinterpreted them in the style of the HANDwerk line and thus chosen a somewhat unconventional way of displaying the time for KUDOKE 3.
While the minutes are “classically” indicated by the large blued steel hand above the dial ring sitting at the top, the hour indication is placed on an attached plate divided into three sections on the dial level below.
The hour is indicated with the help of a hand that has three arms of different lengths and runs between the two dials. When one arm of the hand reaches the end of the hour scale, the next longer or shorter arm appears at the beginning of the next hour scale. Hours 2, 6 and 10 are then shown twice on different scales before the current hand arm moves on. Simple yet unique.
But as so often in life, it’s the details what gives it that extra something. Thus, the infinity sign as symbol of the HANDwerk collection can also be found in this model. In addition to being integrated into the tip of the minute hand, it has also been printed on the minute ring at the position of 60, where it connects the end and the beginning of each hour. The three-arm hour hand takes this very symbol and reverses it. If an infinity symbol were placed next to these “finite” hands, they would be compatible – like Yin and Yang. world stage.
The rhodinized upper dial with the balancing logo plate matches the hour plate on the silver-plated dial below with its gently curved wave shape. It is mounted on the lower dial together with the minute ring by four screws, which also represent the minute indicators 10, 20, 40 and 50. The different levels and tasteful coloring give the dial of the watch an impressive depth. Diamond edges on hour plate, logo plate as well as minute chapter ring offer interesting possibilities for playing with light.
As with previous models, the understated 39 mm stainless steel case with classic onion crown and 10.3 mm case height provides an appropriate setting for this classic yet extravagant watch, the heart of which, KALIBER 1, is exposed through the sapphire crystal case back.
- W: 39mm, H: 10.3 mm
- Polished stainless steel / 18 ct Rose Gold (5N) on special order
- Fluted onion crown
- Convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Sapphire crystal exhibition caseback
- 5 ATM/50m water resistance
Dial & Hands:
- Frosted two-part dial, silvered/ rhodinized, with rhodinized chapter ring on top dial and plate to indicate hours in three sections on dial below
- Flame tempered blued steel hands, minute hand with infinity symbol, three-arm hour hand
- In-house Kaliber 1 manual winding
- W: 30mm, H: 4.3 mm
- 18 jewels
- 28,800 vib/h (4Hz)
- 46 hours power reserve
- Frosted hand-finish of wheel bridge
- Hand-engraved balance cock with infinity symbol
Strap & Buckle:
- Leather or Alcantara strap
- Stainless steel pin buckle/ 18 ct Rose Gold on special order/ electively folding clasp stainless steel
Price: 9,350 EUR excl. VAT
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