To celebrate the ‘super Moon’ – or for those who are more scientifically inclined, perigee moon – phenomenon that occurred this past weekend I thought it would be cool to take a closer look at another ‘super moon’ of sorts, the Stepan Sarpaneva Korona Moonshine.
The Moonshine is an unusual timepiece in more ways than one and is arguably the most distinctive in the Sarpaneva line-up. It’s also probably the most impractical too but hey, that’s never stopped us before!
The defining feature is the over-sized moon-face that dominates 90% of the dial. An imposing sight to say the least, this particular design aesthetic ensures that this is not a timepiece that will suit all tastes. Still it does provide an interesting talking point for those bold enough to wear one, not to mention greatly magnifying the effect of that mesmerizing stare!
Around the outer edge of the dial is an hour-ring, most of which is largely hidden from view, however there is a aperture cut-out from about 4 o’clock to 7 o’clock which provides a small viewing window. Interspersed between the hours are small stars another trademark of Sarpaneva’s. Minutes are not shown in any clear format and so really telling time via the Moonshine is more of a ‘guesstimate’. I did say at the outset that this was an impractical timepiece!
What’s really cool though is that Sarpaneva has still found a way to incorporate his trademark moon-phase complication. As you can see in the video below part of the hour ring has been coated in lume, as the disc rotates around the dial the luminous section indicates the position of the moon. As far as I’m aware this is the only moon-phase complication to display this indication in such a manner.
The movement is a modified Soprod A10 calibre, not unlike most of the pieces in the Sarpaneva collection. In this particular instance the mainplate has been modified to accommodate the unique moon-phase complication. As a finishing touch a smaller version of the infamous Sarpaneva unhappy moon face adorns the rotor.
The Moonshine is offered in a 42mm case in your choice of stainless steel or solid 18k red or white gold, whilst the star of the show – the moon-face itself – is crafted from either oxidized sterling silver or 18K gold, complete with black diamond coated skeletonized dial.
The Final Word
Not for the shrinking violets amongst us the Moonshine is a bold statement for the wrist, aptly capturing the lunacy so often associated with a full moon. Whilst I probably couldn’t see myself wearing one personally, I do find it attractive simply because it so unlike anything I have seen before. Don’t let the crazy eyes scare you off however as Sarpaneva is immensely talented and his growing collection of timepieces is definitely worth some more of your attention.
To view the full collection please visit the official website: www.sarpanevawatches.com