Every member of the MONOCHROME staff has their favourites amongst the various manufacturers and watches we share with all of you. And for me, one of many manufacturers I’ve been following carefully since I joined MONOCHROME is the Swedish model of Gustafsson & Sjögren, or GoS in short. The duo of Patrik Sjögren and Johan Gustafson gives very distinctive watches incorporating hand-forged Damascus metal for the circumstances, bezels, crowns, dials and extra. So after I discovered of the chance to talk with the proprietor of a really particular 1-of-5 GoS Skadi, I simply needed to observe by way of.
Simply as a reminder, as we’ve coated the watch a few yr in the past, the GoS Skadi is considerably of a direct results of the collaboration between GoS and Singer Reimagined Track 1 for OnlyWatch 2019. That particular collab piece was the primary time GoS introduced a watch with a case in blackened Damascus metal.
The Skadi is the primary GoS watch to supply an identical styled blackened Damascus metal case because the collab piece. It’s mixed with the mom of pearl dial, painted with top-grade Luminova on the bottom, from the Sarek Glacier collection. Nearly all watches by GoS characteristic particulars impressed by Scandinavian folklore and Viking heritage. The motion for the GoS Skadi is an in depth adaptation of the extremely acquainted ETA 6498 hand-wound motion (improved to chronometer specs by Soprod), with Damascus metal bridges and a golden inlay with a Viking model motif. All this leads to a watch with a really distinctive model.
Right this moment we discuss to Chris, and Chris is the proprietor of not one however two GoS watches, together with the aforementioned GoS Skadi. We mentioned how we found the model, what he likes in regards to the model and their watches and the way he obtained to purchase them in the long run. An fascinating story, to say the least!
Robin: What result in your curiosity in watches to start with?
Chris: I’ve been self-employed for near 30 years now and I’ve been a fan of effective watches for many of my life. This principally revolved round totally different kinds of Rolex watches, for instance, items from their Oyster Assortment. As I’ve grown older my choice in watches has shifted to watches like Louis Moinet, Hublot, Patek Philipe and others. I wish to construct my assortment step-by-step and improve as I am going. Typically watches I take into account because the “backside” of the gathering depart and I add new watches in the direction of the highest finish of the gathering. Presently, I’ve about 12 items, however I proceed to try to enhance the standard of watches that I’ve.
I at all times wish to tour round and search for distinctive, stand-out watches as I do with different issues in life too. Many issues I personal and like are one-off or no less than customized items. Apart from that, I’ve discovered that the expertise in shopping for a watch turns into an increasing number of necessary to me. The expertise I had with Patrik was such a pleasure, I’ve by no means had that in shopping for a watch earlier than. With many manufacturers, you cope with a salesman, however past that, it ends after the acquisition. I had an identical feeling to what I skilled with Patrik after I was invited to Italy to see the method of the construct of my Ferrari as an example. That actual feeling, studying about craftsmanship and what goes right into a product actually pursuits me.
GoS isn’t a mainstream model, how did you study them?
My spouse and I had been touring round Europe a few years in the past and through our journey, we befriended a woman known as Joanne Ryall. Joanne is an extremely gifted engraver, her work could be very detailed and refined. She engraves watches, searching rifles, knives, all kinds of issues actually. Since we met she has engraved a Rolex Daytona for me. When chatting to her about getting one other watch she pointed me to GoS and after I noticed the Damascus metal I used to be like a child in a sweet retailer. I had by no means seen Damascus metal earlier than and was instantly intrigued, I simply knew I needed to get one.
And to be trustworthy, I actually couldn’t resolve which one to get so I ended up shopping for two of them; the Skadi and the Sarek Trollius. Each watches are unbelievable however the Skadi is the in all probability probably the most eye-catching piece in my assortment thus far. Sometimes associates of me, proudly owning Patek’s value 200.000 dollars or extra, ask me to “present and inform” in regards to the watch. Even in eating places I usually get questions on what I’m sporting on my wrist and persons are usually curious to study it. Those who know little or nothing about watches see it as a fairly watch whereas those that do know watches admire the craftsmanship and all the main points.
How did you find yourself going for the Skadi?
My greatest experiences in working along with somebody on a customized piece is to let the artist fairly free. I’ve finished that earlier than and principally, I share my concepts, give one or two tips on what I would really like and for the remaining give them carte blanche. I really feel this results in one of the best outcomes and I once more tried to do that with Patrik.
After I obtained in contact with Patrik for the primary time and going backwards and forwards on a number of pointers, we selected the Skadi. I simply love the distinction between the black case and the gold bezel and lugs, paired with that uncommon dial. And in the course of the configuration of the watch, if you’ll, the nice factor was Patrik stored me on top of things with all developments and wasn’t shy on sharing the method in constructing his watches. And for a novice like me in watchmaking strategies it was fairly exhilarating to see!
What’s it that draws you to their watches?
From the second I discovered in regards to the model by way of my good friend Joanne Ryall, I used to be struck by the look of the Damascus metal. I had by no means seen something earlier than as talked about and all of the intricate little particulars nonetheless amaze me. Each time I put on it I discover a new little element or expertise a brand new encounter with somebody within the watch, it simply brings me a lot pleasure! The Skadi specifically is a watch that evolves all through the day. The look of the watch adjustments dramatically between a sunny day as an example, or at dusk with that glowing mom of pearl dial. The engraving of the case, lugs, motion, all the things appears to enhance all the things else.
What would you say to anybody in search of a stand-out piece like this?
My easy reply; do it! The expertise of coping with Patrik and dealing collectively on this very particular watch was pure pleasure and I’m actually proud of each watches, however the Skadi is that further bit particular to me. Patrik is simply an all-round nice man to cope with. You’ll not be disillusioned.