Gustafsson & Sjögren Watches proudly presents – Winter Nights – a new series of watches that are produced in collaboration with PuristSPro. These are the first GoS watches to feature GoS's own manually wound movement with a 4/5 bridge in solid hand-forged Damascus steel. The series is strictly limited to 10 pieces and are purchased through PuristSPro on a pre-order subscription basis.
GoS Press Release
There are two options for every Winter Nights watch, i.e. dial coloring and hand material. The dial can be selected to have either a natural Damascus steel dial or a blue/purple tempered Damascus steel dial. White gold or the copper rich Swedish 18K gold are available options for hands and index rings.
In addition, every customer will be able to choose from a minimum of two raw dials before the dial is finished and the watch assembled.
The price for this first edition of watches with the GoS Damascus steel caliber is US$19,000, and available through PuristSPro only.
Pre-orders are administered by PuristSPro upon receipt of a 30% deposit and the remaining 70% paid before delivery. The price includes insured shipping directly from the GoS workshop in Sweden. Note that import taxes may be added when received by custom authorities. For CA orders, add 9.50% Santa Monica sales tax.
The production schedule aims for the first five watches ready for display during Baselworld 2013 in April. The remaining five watches are scheduled for delivery in September 2013.
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** This special $19k price for the 10 Winter Nights PuristS watches has been held down to the price for old GoS models with modified Unitas movements.
** All future GoS watches with the NEW GoS manufacture movement may retail at $23k and higher.
Link to download full press release: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/6690476/GoS/GoS-watches-Winter-Nights-pressrelease.pdf
Tempered dial with white gold hands
Uncolored dial with white gold hands
Tempered dial with yellow gold hands
Uncolored dial with yellow gold hands
The watch case of stainless damascus steel is based on the previous distinctive GoS cases to accentuate the damascus steel features by mirroring the pattern in highgloss polished bezel and case back.
The damascus steel crown has a large diameter but fits tightly to the case to make the watch comfortable to wear (and wind) even though the case is 45mm. The etching and additional treatment of the grip area gives the crown a smooth feeling.
The GoS logo is engraved on the case side, which is then etched again to visualize that the steel pattern continues through the solid case in stainless damascus steel.
GoS movement prototype, inset shows actual pattern for a Winter Nights movement
GoS manual caliber 1 - collaboration between GoS and Martin Braun. Caliber includes silicon escape wheel and anchor.
The GoS caliber 1
The GoS caliber 1 is a manually wound movement with a 72 hours power reserve and a reserve indicator on the back. It measures 36mm in diameter and has a large balance wheel that swings in 18,000bph.
The GoS caliber was created in a collaboration between GoS and Martin Braun, of Antoine Martin/MHO, and is based on one of his new calibers. Our ambition was to show as much of the intricate Damascus steel pattern as possible. With this goal in mind, we created a 4/5-bridge and a balance cock made from one piece of solid hand-forged Damascus steel. This movement combines Martin Braun's attention to detail and long experience as a movement manufacturer with the craftsmanship and aesthetics of the GoS team. The caliber includes Martin Braun's HPE innovation in the use of Silicon in the escape mechanism to not only extend the service intervals but also increase the overall effectiveness of the mechanism compared to a conventional design.
Patrik Sjögren finishes the movement parts made from damascus steel to give a good balance between the raw Damascus steel surface and the traditionally high-gloss polished beveled edges. Finishing Damascus steel is very labor intensive as every part is polished, beveled and etched several times to achieve the final result. The Damascus steel in the Winter Nights GoS movement is forged into the traditional woodgrain pattern, also known as the ladder pattern. This is one of the oldest known Damascus steel patterns and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful and expressive patterns.
Winter Nights, "Vinternätter" in Swedish, is the name of an ancient festival that was first celebrated in pre-Christian Scandinavia. The festival marked the end of summer, the start of the winter, and the beginning of a new year. I t was a harvest feast and also a time for honoring the ancestral spirits, the spirits of the land, and the powers of fruitfulness, wisdom, and death. The exact dates varied with the regional weather but it usually occurred during the month of October. This heathen tradition was later transformed into what is now called the "All Hallows' Eve" and "All Saints' Day".
Handforged damascus steel
The basic element of all watches from Gustafsson & Sjögren is the hand-forged pattern welded steel, also known as Damascus steel. Johan Gustafsson applies a true folded Damascus steel technique to layers of high grade Swedish tool steels. We use 128 layers in most GoS dials, which we have found gives the best expression for parts of this size. The Winter Nights dials have a pattern invented by Johan Gustafsson in 2010 and which we have named Wildflower. Wildflower is semi-symmetrical and has a definite center point, which makes it very suitable for watch dials.
The new GoS watch cases are manufactured in stainless damascus steel cases that are constructed to 10atm specifications. The design is striking and showcases the unique steel patterns of every watch by mirroring the pattern on the large case back and bezel. A black velvety Nubuck strap complements the damascus steel and is our choice for the Winter Nights watches.
Specifications Winter Nights
· Case: Stainless steel and stainless Damascus steel 45mm × 10.5mm (10atm)
· Lug width: 22mm
· Glass: Flat sapphire glass with AR coating and the GoS logo printed on the inside
· Movement: GoS manufacture caliber
· Dial: Hand-forged Damascus steel in Johan Gustafsson's Wildflower pattern
· Index ring/rehaut: Solid gold, shaped and polished by hand
· Hands: Solid gold, shaped and polished by hand
· Crown: 9mm in fine-grained stainless Damascus steel, heavily etched for good winding action, double-gasket crown inset
· Case finishing: Stainless Damascus steel, high-gloss polish with GoS logo engraved on case side
· Case Engraving: "Winter Nights" "for PuristS"
· Strap: Handcrafted strap in soft Nubuck leather, fitted with a GoS stainless steel buckle
Strictly limited to 10 pieces numbered from 1/10 to 10/10.
Damascus steel movement
· GoS caliber 1, a collaboration between Martin Braun and Patrik Sjögren.
· Diameter: 36mm diameter
· Power reserve: 72 hours
· BPH: 18.000bph
· Modern escapement: Silicon escape wheel and anchor
· Power reserve indicator on back
· Screwed Glucydur balance wheel
· All wheels in the movement are polished according to the Geneva seal hallmark
· Cyclovente teeth on wheels
Every movement will be unique as it is not possible to duplicate the hand-forged woodgrain pattern
· Individually crafted box using the svepask technique in birch wood
· Colored with natural pigments mixed in linseed oil
· Covered with high-grade natural wax and polished to a deep finish
· Protection box of black and grey card
· Guarantee certificate, two years' guarantee
Note: All Winter Nights pictures are photo-montages to illustrate the appearance of the upcoming model. The illustrations are based on Nordic Season pictures, which feature the same type of damascus steel case as the Winter Nights.
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