Korona K0 From Stepan Sarpaneva – A Guaranteed Knock Out!

Sarpaneva Korona K0
© Guy Lucas De Peslouan

Finland has long been known for its contributions to industrial design and handicrafts, and indeed their architecture is famous around the world (in the right circles anyway), but watch-making? Not quite. In fact, historically speaking the only notable time-telling devices Finland has been responsible for creating have come attached to Nokia cell-phones. That was until Stepan Sarpaneva returned to his country of birth after spending several years studying and working in Switzerland for companies like Piaget, Parmigiani, Vianney Halter and Christophe Claret.

With his latest creation, the Sarpaneva Korona K0, Stepan shows us once again that there is more than one country in the EU capable of producing exceptional, high quality and above all, original timepieces.

A Different Perspective
One of the great things about Stepan is that he is not Swiss and so his reference points and design influences are completely different. Don’t get us wrong, we are absolutely enamoured with Swiss made watches and Swiss watch-makers (heck, we’ve pretty much built a website dedicated to spreading their message)  but the simple fact is that this means that his bold creations are often unlike any of the other pieces you regularly see gracing these very pages. This does not necessarily mean they are better or worse, just simply that they are different.

The Korona K0 is no exception. Even at first glance it appears at once familiar and yet simulataneously so unlike anything you’ve seen before. The design is daring and bold but at the same time evenly tempered, in typical Finnish fashion. Still, understated or not, the exceptional quality and craftsmanship Sarpaneva is so well known for is obvious in every aspect of this new timepiece.

Sarpaneva Korona K0
© Guy Lucas De Peslouan

The trade-mark spider-web like black diamond coated stainless steel dial features Superluminova indexes and the 46mm case is crafted from Grade 2 Titanium and rated to 200m water resistance with a subdued matte finish that only serves to further enhance the subtle use of color on the inner-rotating bezel.

Even just the shape of the case itself is different enough to draw your attention without being offensive and gives off a decidedly rugged, sporty vibe complemented by the rubber strap. Yet, at the same time you get the distinct impression that it would look just as at home in the board room as it would on the sports field.

What really makes this piece special though is the concept of integration. You see, Stepan has been clever enough to modify the mainplate in the Soprod A10 calibre automatic movement to incorporate the function of rotating the internal bezel. Whereas as most watches with internal rotating bezels require two crowns (one to set the time and the other to rotate the bezel) the stainless steel, diamond coated Imperial Blue timer ring on this piece is manually adjustable by moving the bajonette screw-down crown to the first position.

Very practical but also very cool.

No word on pricing as yet with availability scheduled to be sometime in 2011.

Sarpaneva Korona K0
© Guy Lucas De Peslouan

The Final Word
Sometimes different can be very bad, and sometimes it can be very good. To date Stepan Sarpaneva’s unique creations have always belonged to the second category and judging by the new Korona K0 he intends to continue this trend. We can’t help but be impressed by his bold design choices and clever integration of functionality, producing timepieces that are both highly attractive and at the same time extremely practical.

Then again, he is from Finland.

To find out more visit the official website – www.sarpanevawatches.com

Tom Mulraney
Tom is the founder and editor of The Watch Lounge. Together with his team he is dedicated to bringing you the best, original content you won't find anywhere else on the net.


  1. Olivier Muller

    Impressive. Massive but elegant look, uncommon but friendly at the same time. Hats off to Finland 🙂

  2. mgl

    Sarpaneva makes very nice watches, but don’t forget also another great finish watchmaker, Kari Voutilanen ( http://www.voutilainen.ch/ ). He makes great watches and has won Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève contest in men’s watch gategory in 2007.

  3. victor

    Superb!! Its a very nice timepiece!, very good finish and I like the superluminova colors!

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    Tom Mulraney

    Great point mgl, certainly Kari Voutilanen is one of the great modern masters of watch-making, however, I don’t think we can include him in this instance as although he is originally from Finland his Atelier is actually based in Switzerland, whereas Sarpaneva is based in Finland 🙂

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