Winning the Red Dot Design Award only reaffirms the faith of the manufacturer in his priced creation. Besides that, it also boosts the winner’s morale when he realizes that his creation is approved by and has won accolades’ from some of the industry’s best. So, one can only imagine how jubilant independent watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva was when he was awarded the Red Dot 2009 Communication Prize for his Sarpaneva Korona K3 Black Moon timepiece. The beautiful timepiece draws its inspiration from the bleak Finnish winter and is distinguished for its moon phase indicator. The distinctive relieved dial allows the entire moon phase cycle to be perceived, including the new moon’s elusive period. The exquisite timepiece has a hand-engraved face on its dial, echoes the expression carved into the oxidized silver moon discs.
The unique Korona K3, Black Moon timepiece, boasts a 4mm stainless steel case covered by a black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating. Powered by a self-winding Soprod A10 movement modified by Sarpaneva for the moon phase complication, this extraordinary timepiece is sure to appeal to every watch collector. The central winding rotor is in stainless steel with a white gold mass for added weight while the power reserve is 42 hours, and the balance wheel frequency is 28,800 vibrations per hour. Adding to the exquisiteness is the fact that this beautiful timepiece will be limited to just 20 units. Every timepiece will reside in a hardwood case that holds the watch vertically for display. There is also a hand-bound book that comes along with every one of the twenty Black Moon watches. In eerie black and white illustrations, the book presents the tale of Lilith, a seductive she-demon that draws power from the new moon to mesmerize and prey upon unsuspecting men.
The idea of the unique story book along with the unique design and skilled craftsmanship that contributed in making this beautiful timepiece together prompted the jury to choose the Black Moon timepiece as the winner.