Konstantin Chaykin & Andersen Geneve Joker Automaton Watch Hands-On

Konstantin Chaykin & Andersen Geneve Joker Automaton Watch Hands-On

One of the better time, restrictive very good quality watches appeared at Baselworld 2018 was a double exertion between Moscow-based Konstantin Chaykin and Svend Andersen (of Andersen Geneve ). The two autonomous watchmakers each took something they are known for and made the Joker Automaton watch. A tad bit of the Batman universe was tossed in for great impact. Love it or disdain it, items, for example, the Konstantin Chaykin & Andersen Geneve Joker Automaton keep present day horology interesting.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

The Joker Automaton watch expands on the mainstream Konstantin Chaykin Joker observes initially appeared in 2017 . This epic creation imaged a beautifying watch dial that resembles a senseless face –while as yet telling the time in an exquisite manner. The two eyes are really plates which demonstrate the hours and minutes, and the mouth is a topsy turvy moon stage marker. Makes the idea so compelling that the eyes and tongue (which addresses the moon stage) change consistently so the Joker’s face consistently appears to have an alternate expression.


The Joker dial is combined with an Andersen Geneve case, development, automaton component, and masterful work. Flip over the somewhat burly (and substantial, being 97 grams of 18k red gold) 16.8mm thick case and you’ll see an automaton show. To be wearable, the 42mm wide case has pivoted carries which are associated with a crocodile lash. This case is new for the Joker and is utilized by Andersen Geneve for some select watches which initially propelled the Joker Automaton. That watch being the Svend Andersen “Montre a Tact Poker” (otherwise known as, the “Dogs Playing Poker” watch). Svend Andersen himself was propelled by the compositions of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, who in the mid twentieth century made a progression of artworks of canines playing poker. The Svend Andersen watch was enlivened by the renowned artistic creation A Bold Bluff, which is frequently alluded to as the “dogs playing poker” painting.

The popular scene –which was scaled down into a little work of art on the dial of a watch –now rouses an assortment of automatons. What are those? Fundamentally little mechanical puppets which are vivified and move (for perky reasons –these are toys we are discussing). The framework in the Joker Automaton has the client wind the crown toward the path to control the automaton, and afterward press the pusher situated at around 8 o’clock looking into it. Squeezing this enacts a little arrangement of livelinesss which has the four characters move fairly. It’s all beguiling to observe. The characters are one of the canines from the A Bold Bluff painting, alongside three Batman universe reprobates being the Joker (obviously), the Penguin, and Poison Ivy. Look carefully and you’ll see that Poison Ivy is taking wagering contributes her cleavage and how the canine is losing to the Joker, who seems to lose to the Penguin.

Powering the watch is a “high quality memorable mechanical development updated by Andersen Geneve.” I’m not totally sure what that implies but rather the development is physically wound and furthermore contains Konstantin Chaykin’s uncommon framework to alter the time show into that which is needed for the Joker. What I can say is that in other Svend Andersen watches the automaton framework has been utilized to create suggestive watches under the Andersen Geneve Eros Automaton assortment. You can envision what those other extraordinary watches may be like.


While the outcome of such work can be viewed as senseless or adolescent for some who don’t appreciate fun loving extravagances, creating the Joker Automaton was not child’s play. The automaton components alone include a progression of little hand-painted parts and cautious gathering. What isn’t clear is the number of the Joker Automaton watches Konstantin Chaykin and Andersen Geneve will deliver. The item is important for a restricted release of 21 pieces, and I can’t see these watches being delivered outside of a request being made. Cost for the Konstantin Chaykin & Andersen Geneve Joker Automaton watch is €88,000. konstantin-chaykin.com  |  andersen-geneve.ch