Sarpaneva K3 Black Moon Watch Bestowed with 2009 Red Dot Prize

Aug 31, 2009
Encouraged by a demure, yet exclusive exterior, sophisticated technical elements and an extreme aesthetic of the Sarpaneva Korona K3 Black Moon watch, the honorable jury of the famous Red Dot design competition has bestowed this model with the 2009 Communication Prize.

This timepiece has been created by the Finnish watch manufacturer Stepan Sarpaneva. Inspired by the bleak Finnish winter, the model in question stands out due to its moon phase indicator, which renders the idea of melancholy and contemplation. A special dial, featuring no excessive details, enables the wear to see the entire moon phase cycle, embracing the new moon elusive period.

Sculptured in stainless steel, the Sarpaneva Korona K3 Black Moon timepiece case measures 44mm and reveals a black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) treatment. The model is animated by an automatic Soprod A10 movement, altered by Sarpaneva for the moon phase complication.

The movement features the balance wheel, moving back and forth at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The watch offers a 42-hour power reserve. Rendered in stainless steel, the central winding rotor has a white gold mass for extra weight. Its face exposes a hand-made engraving, which successfully duplicates the expression presented in the oxidized silver moon discs.

The watch-making house Sarpaneva has launched the Korona K3 Black Moon watch as a limited series of 20 items only. The timekeepers are proposed in hardwood cases.

This models another hallmark, worthy of noting, is a hand-bound book, which accompanies every Black Moon timepiece from those twenty issued. The book unveils the tale of the she-demon, named Lilith, who was drawing her power from the new moon to prey upon men.

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