About 10 years ago a young inventor in St. Petersburg discovered a passion for watch movements. Konstantin Chaykin began repairing and restoring clocks and watches, and mastered the intricacies of creating watch movements. Naturally, Konstantin began to implement his own ideas. Soon he was driven passionately creating new and unique movements and watches.
Today Konstantin Chaykin runs his own manufacture and has registered over 10 patents for his innovative movements and inventions in general mechanics: a unique achievement for many century old manufacturers, not to speak of a young watchmaker.
Konstantin Chaykin is famous for the complex movements he has developed, especially for his astronomical clock ‘Resurrection’ with Easter calendar and Lunokhod watch. Konstantin won recognitions among aficionados of fine watches and clocks around the world. He is also the only Russian watchmaker who has become a member of the Academie Horlogere Des Createurs Independants.
Time passed and Konstantin Chaykin attracted a group of dedicated masters who were equally passionate about creating beautiful movements encased in unique designs. Thus, the first high end watch manufacture was born in Russia.
The path to success is exciting, if not always easy. Russia does not have a tradition of fine watch making handed down through the generations from father to son. Instead, there are passionate individuals who fall in love with haute horlogerie. The artists in the Konstantin Chaykin manufacture learned through exploration, cut and try method. Thus, they feel utterly free to discover and implement unexpected and original concepts.
In Russia, the only way to learn the traditions of fine watch making is through the apprentice system, as there are no professional schools where one can master the basics. Thus, individual apprentices learn from individual masters: new artists are trained within the manufacture. Imagination, drive, creativity and inventiveness are the criteria for taking on potential masters, not experience. The team of watchmakers at Konstantin Chaykin is made up of precisely such individuals; people who bring a unique view of watchmaking combined with a burning desire to create something magnificent, something astonishing.
The Konstantin Chaykin manufacture is located in Moscow, in a unique setting next to a park where tower clock movement museum is situated. The Kolomensky Museum has a working tower clock from the 17th century, as well as the only working exhibit in Russia of tower clock movements from the 16th to 19th centuries. We are all inspired by masterpieces such as the 1539 movements from the Solovetsky monastery clock.
Visitors are welcome in our world of Time. Our modern two-story building houses a splendid watch making facility: our watchmakers, our designers, and our engineers, as well as production and testing areas. Our artists perform amazing feats of precise hand work and use the latest state-of-the-art machinery.
Konstantin Chaykin watchmakers are passionate professionals on an eternal quest to uncover new and better ways to create the perfect timepieces. They are inspired by mechanical perfection and by the tranquil beauty of precious metals. They are immersed in an intricate ballet of precise movements, incredible design, and amazing technologies. The results are watches and clocks which inspire, astonish and rejoice the world.