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Mars calling
New Models

Mars calling

Tuesday, 23 June 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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Konstantin Chaykin knows that a mission to Mars demands meticulous planning, including the development of a mechanical watch that will function reliably and autonomously both in space and on Mars.

In 2017, this expert watchmaker and inventor launched his own Mars program – “Mars Time” which has already delivered the conceptual prototype “Mars Conqueror Mk1”. In this prototype Konstantin Chaykin invented and implemented an impressive array of functions, with nine additional complications and features. Among these are a unique complication with synchronized Earth and Mars times, a Mars date display using the Mars calendar, with the possibility of it being used as a way of showing the duration of the mission in sols (Mars-days), a function showing the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Mars, and a planetary opposition and superior opposition complication.

Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter Project © Konstantin Chaykin
Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter Project © Konstantin Chaykin

The new “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” watch, developed by Konstantin Chaykin with the necessity and inevitability of humanity’s colonization of the red planet in mind, points to the future – hence its futuristic design, seasoned with a clearly tangible militaristic touch. In the “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” watch, the vertical crown is used to switch between three modes – manual winding of the movement, setting the UTC time zone indicator (with a clockwise rotation) or setting MCT (with an anticlockwise rotation), and setting local Earth time. In order to make these functions more convenient, the indicators operated by the crown are intelligently set on the dial of the “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” watch, the wheel train for which, with two steel levers, is set directly under the dial at the bottom part of the movement.

The terrestrial time is shown by three hands – hours, minutes and seconds – supplemented in this watch by the 24-hour time zone indicator hand, while the Konstantin Chaykin-invented “Martian” wheel movement (Patent RU2685764) provides the precise indication of Martian time with two hands, showing hours and minutes, without requiring an additional watch movement. The basic watch movement is the tried and tested Swiss-made Eta 2893-2, modified by Konstantin Chaykin by the addition of a functional module entirely created in Russia by Konstantin Chaykin Manufactory. The complexities of the watch mechanics of the “Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter” are shown by the fact that the functional module is made up of 125 separate parts, each meticulously processed and finished by hand in full accordance with the traditions of Haute Horlogerie.

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