Final Choice: Automaton Joker from ANDERSEN & CHAYKIN

12/31/2018
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

First Collaboration between ANDERSEN Genève & Konstantin CHAYKIN

Konstantin Chaykin First Joker Watch

We first saw a crazy watch from Konstantine Chaykin at Baselworld 2017: the Joker timepiece with its unusual way of telling time using the eyes of the Joker! Additionally, the moon phase was displayed on the dial at six o’clock, inside the mouth of the Joker. That first edition sold out.

 

Andersen Geneve Montre à Tact Poker Watch

ANDERSEN Genève Montre à Tact Poker watch was inspired by a Cassius Marcellus Coolidge painting – “A Bold Bluff” – showing dogs playing Poker. Between 1903 and 1910, that Belle Epoque period American artist painted 16 oil-paintings of dogs in human poses. Nine of them showed “Dogs playing Poker”.

For this collaboration, The Joker had to play Poker with one of the Dogs!

Automaton Joker

Automaton Joker from ANDERSEN & CHAYKIN dial side

ANDERSEN Genève, with extensive experience of erotic automatons, created the poker game scene on the back dial of the Automaton JOKER where Konstantin CHAYKIN crafted the front dial. The Automaton JOKER tells time with its eyes and moon phase displayed by the mouth. The collaboration is affirmed by Konstantin CHAYKIN’s logo above the eyes while ANDERSEN Genève’s logo forms the nose of the Joker.

Automaton Joker from ANDERSEN & CHAYKIN back side

On the back of the watch, every element of the scene has been cut and painted by hand. With a push of the button on the case at 8 o’clock, the Joker’s eyes, the dog, the Penguin and Poison Ivy are set in motion for about 2 minutes.

The 42mm diameter 18K red gold (5N) watch case was made to measure with a 16.8mm height to accomodate both a complex dial and an automaton on the back. The delicate moving lugs ensure comfort on the wrist wrapped by the soft baby alligator leather straps.

Automaton Movement

Automaton Joker from ANDERSEN & CHAYKIN dial oblique

High quality historic mechanical movement upgraded by Andersen Genève.

Unique time and moon phase indications developed and assembled by Konstantin CHAYKIN: dual disc time display with Joker’s eyes indicators on the dial. The left eye shows hour indicators around the edge using the black dot. The right eye has minute markers around the edge and a black dot indicator.
A moon phase display the moon phase in the Joker’s mouth.

Automaton Joker from ANDERSEN & CHAYKIN back oblique

The automaton display shows the winning Joker moving his eyes, the Dog plays its hand, the Penguin reveals his fouth card and Poison Ivy stealing the chips.

Limited Edition to 20 pieces
Price including taxes CHF 88,000 (USD 89,500)

 

AlphaLuxe Comment

For the last AlphaLuxe article of 2018, we thought of this amusing timepiece to inject a bit of humour into the serious business of luxury.
It has been a good year for Konstantin Chaykin with two watches shortlisted for the 2018 GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève) awards.
Although the Automaton Joker only reached the Mechanical Exception finals, his Clown watch won the 2018 GPHG Audacity Prize.

Unfortunately the Clown is a simpler and ‘darker’ watch without automaton.

Konstantin Chaykin Clown Watch

But then, “The true cost of luxury is the choice that it affords…”

 


Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).