Luxury watch brand Alexander Shorokhoff don’t get talked about nearly as much as they deserve. These rare, avant-garde timepieces are made in Alzenau, Germany where the brand was founded in 1992; here they hand paint and engrave every distinctive design taking inspiration from different cultures, histories and arts. The latter is where Alexander Shorokhoff get their encouragement for today’s release, the Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes Limited Edition, which revives the unusual forms and bold colourings of the artistic works of Gustav Klimt.
Gustav Klimt was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement formed in 1897. He remains renowned for his Art Nouveau-influenced paintings, murals and sketches which often depict nature and the female body, denoting heavy symbolism of pleasure and sexual liberation. One of his most famous works is The Tree of Life which brings together swirling branches accented by eye-like orbs for a sense of mythical symbolism. Reviving much of the imagery in this piece is the new Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes Limited Edition watch which honours the artist, his work and the German watch manufacturer’s own 30th anniversary.
Named the Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes watch for a reason, the limited edition of 30 pieces features a shiny dial saturated with “eye” motifs in cheerful colours of yellow, green, blue and orange. The chronograph seconds and minute hands are also designed in the form of multi-coloured eyes and paired with monochromatic yellow-gold plated eyes used for the hour markers. This is one of those dial’s you need to see in person to fully appreciate, but up close, the several layers, mass of applications and different materials looks truly breathtaking. There’s mother of pearl inlay at 9 o’clock, accents of bronze and luminous markings to name just a few.
As with all Alexander Shorokhoff watches, the number “60” sits large and proud at the 12 o’clock position as the only Arabic numeral on the dial. This decoration has become an unmoveable symbol of the brand, marking the 60 minute of an hour and the up-and-coming time of the arts in the 60’s. Matching with the yellow gold finish of the numeral is the case of the Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes Limited Edition which comes crafted from yellow gold plated stainless steel. The case sits on the wrist at 39mm in diameter with a height of 13.2mm promising sapphire crystal glass on both the front and back, the former offering a layer of anti-reflective treatment for easy legibility.
The Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes Limited Edition watch continues to stand out with an avant-garde strap created uniquely from stingray leather. The material is highly durable and boasts an unusual bubble-like texture which wonderfully complements the abundance of eye motifs on the dial. The strap is dyed in a cherry-red colour and fitted with a matching yellow gold plated pin buckle.
Housed within the Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes watch is the revival of an extinct movement, a concept we have seen in other previous limited edition releases from the German watch brand. For this watch, the robust and reliable Poljot calibre 3133 is revitalized based on the Swiss Valjoux 7734 movement which was produced at the First Moscow Watch Factory from 1976 to 2004 but has now been discontinued. The movement is manual winding and has been mastered to include 23 jewels, hand-engraving, blued screws and a 42 hour power reserve. We’re also promised hours, minutes, a decentralized second hand, decentralised minute counter, stopwatch and totalizing function.
We have no doubt that collectors of rare, limited edition watches have already placed the Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes watch into their baskets, so as a limited edition of just 30 pieces, we highly recommend getting your order in there as soon as possible too. If you’d like to learn more about the Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes Limited Edition and order one for yourself, head over to the Jura Watches website here.
Specifications: Alexander Shorokhoff Crazy Eyes Limited Edition (AS.LCD-CRS02)
- Case Size: 39mm
- Case Material: Stainless steel with yellow gold plating
- Bezel: Fixed
- Glass: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
- Crown: Non-screw locked
- Case Back: Sapphire crystal
- Water Resistance: 50 metres
- Movement: Calibre 3133.AS manual winding
- Functions: Hours, minutes, decentralized seconds, decentralised minutes, stopwatch, totalizing function
- Power Reserve: 42 hours
- Jewels: 23
- Dial: Avant-garde style with various elements in bright colours, mother of pearl inlay at 9 h
- Strap: Red stingray leather
- Buckle: Pin, yellow gold plated
- RRP: £1,995
- Limited Edition: 30 pieces