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A unique "Winter" K3 that draws upon aesthetics laid out in Sarpaneva’s Korona series, retaining featuring such as the inscrutable moonphase complication, an azure-blue luminous dial and openworked grille pattern rendered in turquoise.
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Drawing upon an instantly recognisable aesthetic, this unique K3 bears similar aesthetics to other pieces in Sarpaneva’s Korona series. It features the engraving “Seasons” on the caseback, which was a series of wristwatches created by Stepan to mark the seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, in different colour-ways. Unlike many of those watches, this unique variant features Sarpaneva’s characterful moonphase, and is made unique by the absence of a centre seconds.
Crafted from stainless steel, the angular yet subdued scalloped edges of the case are particularly eye-catching. Further to this, the dial takes inspiration from grilles, with an openworked face that gives us a glimpse of the teal-coloured luminescence, recalling the cold winter skyline of Nordic countries.
A Unique Piece
Meanwhile, the dial configuration is reminiscent of the Korona K0 Northern Lights, with a few significant deviations, such as the lack of lume filled index dots and the slender hands rendered in pure steel, compared to the thicker lume-filled hands found on pieces in the Seasons series.
Factors, such as the luminous blue dial and the openworked, scalloped pattern are a familiar staple within Sarpaneva’s oeuvre, and are repeated in a similar fashion with this example. The enigmatic moonphase complication sits at six o’clock, a motif that has become synonymous with the brand, repeated throughout so much of his work. It has been suggested that the face of the moon is in fact a stylised version of Stepan Sarpaneva’s own face, but more distinctly, it is reminiscent of old school pocket watches, but with the watchmaker’s characteristic style.
The display caseback allows view of the movement, with the teal rotor mirroring the dial and the familiar moonphase showing the ‘dark side’ of the moon, rendered in rose gold. Sarpaneva favours the use of Soprod’s self-winding A10 in his watches, extensively modified to suit his requirements for each piece, beating at a rate of 28,800 A/h. The movement is rhodium-plated and carries perlage-finishing throughout, with a power-reserve of 42 hours.
If sold within the United Kingdom, this Sarpaneva Seasons will be subject to 20% VAT.
K3 Seasons Winter - Unique Piece
Mechanical automatic calibre modified Soprod AD
Moonphase, hours, minutes
teal luminescence, unique piece, display back
Stainless steel Korona case
Sapphire front and back
Dark grey textured Stockholm calf leather strap, Sarpaneva black rubber strap and buckle
Box & papers:
outer paper box, inner wooden box, Certificate of Authenticity (signed, showing No. "Unique Piece")
This Sarpaneva K3 Seaons Unique Piece is in very good condition. Minimal superficial marks can be found on the case and lugs, specifically on the polished areas of the mid case at six o’clock. The engravings on the case back are crisp and well defined.
The watch comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man, alongside a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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As the son of jewellery designer Pentti Sarpaneva, and nephew of the internationally acclaimed designer and artist Timo Sarpaneva, it was always the case that Stepan’s career would take a creative direction. Educated at the Finnish School of Watchmaking and then WOSTEP, his path to independent watchmaking was composed of various, rich learning experiences.
As many others had done before him, Sarpaneva spent some time restoring antique and vintage watches, including at Parmigiani, alongside Kari Voutilainen. As he put it: “I had to really learn the history of watchmaking with Kari, because we were working on things like minute repeaters and perpetual calendars, making parts for them.” Following his experience there, Sarpaneva also spent some time with Vianney Halter and Christophe Claret, which helped shape his skills and vision.
In addition to these wide-ranging experiences, Sarpaneva had been designing his own watches as far back as 1999, when he was still at Parmigiani. These were mainly one-off pieces, which he created for himself. However, a Japanese retailer once spotted one of these on his wrist, and asked if he could possibly order one. Sarpaneva says, “I made something for him and then a few pieces here and there for my friends. It grew very organically like that.” In 2003, the watchmaker formed his own brand in Helsinki, Finland.