Russia is a vast land, filled with good and wonderful things, forests, rivers, fields and many time zones. Moscow, Chelyabinsk, Norilsk, Yakutsk, Chersky, Samara, Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, Anadyr, and Vladivostok. Russia’s eleven time zones are named after these cities, and so are the time zones depicted on the Russian Time Watch.
The unique design of the Russian Time is focused on showing the time in all eleven time zones in Russia. At the top of the dial, between IX and III, we listed all of the eleven cities used to identify the time zones. Each city name is connected with a line to the hour indicator located directly below the list of cities. The actual time for each city is identified.
The Russian Time contains a second way to tell time in all eleven Russian time zones. In the bottom half of the dial, between III and IX, we find a map of Russia divided into the time zones. Each time zone is connected with a line to an hour indicator located towards the bottom of the dial. Skeleton hands indicating time on the main dial make it more convenient to absorb all of this information.
The Russian Time is available in a limited edition and comes in a steel case 44 mm in diameter, complete with a proprietary hand wound movement with a 48 hour power reserve. The watch comes with a black leather band with a buckle closure. The movement contains a patented complication which allows all eleven Russian time zones to be shown in the indicator apertures. The glorious caliber, created to the highest watchmaking standards can be seen through clear case back.
Konstantin Chaykin was inspired to create the Russian Time after a visit to the Peterhof Palace, where he saw the Ivan Yurin clock. This clock has an enormous fretwork dial encrusted with numerous small dials. Each of these has a name of a city in the Russian Empire on it and each dial tells time according to the pre-revolutionary system of time zones. This antique clock reflects a bygone era of Russian history. Many cities have new names and some are no longer part of Russia, such as Novo-Arkhangelsk in Alaska (now New Archangel). The very division into time zones has changed. In his new Russian Time, Konstantin Chaykin has immortalized the Russia of today. And someday, this watch will also be a historical memento.
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