In late January this year, Konstantin Chaykin announced the release of the Mouse King watch. The source of inspiration for the creation of the new “Wristmon” watch was the idea to connect the theme of the Chinese zodiac animal with the fairy tale of the Mouse King. The official presentation of the watch was originally envisaged to take place at the end of April 2020 at BaselWorld-2020, however, due to the pandemic the world’s leading watch exhibition has been canceled. Therefore, the Russian master decided to devote more time to the new project in order to perfect all its details. According to Konstantin Chaykin, the result was worth the effort – the finished watch turned out to be more interesting and attractive than the initial prototype.
The watch term “crown”, (in French ‘couronne’ and in German ‘Krone’), had given him a long-term desire to create a watch with a crown in the 12-o’clock position. This acts as a reminder of the earlier period of the development of wristwatches, in which some watches positioned a Lépine-type movement as the crown at the top of the dial. The Mouse King watch is the first watch in the history of watchmaking when a watch has been crowned with a real royal “crown”, Konstantin Chaykin decided that the crown should be made of 18-carat gold and adorned with a genuine ruby. The royal crown appears once again in watch design – in the rotor of the automatic winding system.