Day/Night Indication With the Night Sky
A brand new release and limited to just 20 pieces worldwide (to celebrate the year 2020), this new watch from German Master Watchmaker Stefan Kudoke is a home run.
The new Stefan Kudoke 2 Nocturne features his manufacture movement with an added twist - an indication of day and night through a rotating disk at 12.
Only these 20 pieces will incorporate a galvanized anthracite dial, rhodium plated chapter rings and a in-house movement with rhodium plated bridges and hand-engraved balance cock.
Introducing the Manufacture Kudoke 2 Nocturne
Stefan built upon his already impressive Kudoke 1 by creating a hand engraved, three dimensional 24 hour rotating disk with patterns of the moon, sun and stars.
This disk is then electroplated in multiple colors of gold and black rhodium to create the unique design.
The name Nocturne was chosen to emphasize the night sky, as the anthracite dial changes from light grey to black depending upon natural light from the sky.
This watch is a very special piece.
"In House" in a Different Way
Not only had Stefan completely ignored the gear train and movement design seen so often in other watches, he created something completely fresh with a throwback to British/German pocket watch designs.
In Stefan's own words:
Ages ago I bought an old English pocket watch movement, that lay unused in a drawer for a long time. One day it fell into my hands again - just as the idea of my own movement began to take shape.
In the past, intensive cooperations between the German and English watchmakers existed - it was the German diplomat and astronomer Hans Moritz von Bruhl who supported English precision watchmaking finally bring it to Saxony and Dresden in Germany.
With my new watch movement I would like to tie in with this tradition and to honor the Old Masters.
Other Features of the Kudoke 2 Nocturne
First, we compliment Stefan in choosing to make a watch with a case diameter of 39 mm, an ideal size for almost every wrist and size that is spot on to fit the character of this watch.
On the front, the galvanized anthracite dial features the day/night indication at 12, polished infinity style hands and the Kudoke badge at 6.
Flip it over and you'll spend the next hour reviewing the rhodium plated bridges and a gear train that looks like no other - the design is vertical, and again the elaborate production techniques that Stefan uses on each movement part are clearly evident.
The manually wound movement supports a power reserve of 46 hours, and the Carl Haas balance spring is of chronometer quality. The movement also features KIF shock protection.
And no Kudoke watch would be complete without a hand engraved balance cock, but what is so interesting in this new movement design is how proportionally large the balance cock is to the movement.