Watches: Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights

By Thierry Ané on February 26, 2015

What I admire most about Stepan Sarpaneva is how creative this independent watchmaker can be! Every watch aficionado would immediately recognise the characteristic shape of the Korona case and the truly iconic human-like moon face that adorns most of his models. But the truly remarkable part is that while preserving this seemingly restrictive framework, Stepan has always been able to amaze us with new sides of this ever-changing moon, immersing us ever more deeply into the myths and legends of his bewitching Finland.

2015 will be no exception as the watchmaker reinvents the Korona timepiece once again and offers three entirely unexpected and utterly stunning renditions of the moon’s magic. Indeed, with the help of James Thompson of Black Badger Advanced Composites, the brand unveils the “Korona K0 Northern Lights” trilogy that uses generous amounts of powerful luminescent material to pay tribute to the unsettling beauty of the moon’s ever-changing glow. Appropriately called “moonglow”, this NASA-grade material offers an extremely long-lasting and intense glow in the dark.

During the day, the new “Korona K0 Northern Lights” are already extremely original timepieces thanks to their 46 mm Korona case with its sophisticated bezel and unconventional crown position at 4 o’clock. In stainless steel for the Korona K0 Northern Lights Blue and Korona K0 Northern Lights Green or coated with black DLC for the Korona K0 Northern Lights Violet it always showcases the same superlative finishing.

The dial of these three watches is composed of a light blue, green, or violet surface depending on the model with an extremely refined grid on top with a dark blue, green, or violet DLC treatment. The concentric pattern of the grid is only disturbed by a large aperture at 6 o’clock showcasing Stepan Sarpaneva’s trademark moon face.

There, on a small disc featuring the same hue as the grid and surrounded by stars cut directly into the disc, lies a beautifully engraved human-like 18-karat moon face in red gold for the Korona K0 Northern Lights Green and the Korona K0 Northern Lights Blue and in white gold on the Korona K0 Northern Lights Violet. Eleven dot hour markers and the brand’s distinctive triangular-shaped hands complete the simple yet powerful design of these refined watches.

When the light goes down, though, these surprising timekeepers offer an entirely different show. The pale surface in the background that seemed like a foil to the exquisitely crafted grid now takes centre stage with its intense blue, green, or violet glow. The luminescence is such that it even lights up the moon, making it more troubling than usual. Even in this night condition, these watches remain perfectly legible due to the use of Super-LumiNova of a different colour for the hour markers and hands.

The three “Korona K0 Northern Lights” share the same modified Soprod A10 calibre visible from the crystal back. Among the refined decorations, the owners of the watch will undoubtedly appreciate the DLC-coated oscillating weight with an 18-karat gold moon and the perlage finishing on the plate. The Korona K0 Northern Lights Violet, Korona K0 Northern Lights Green, and Korona K0 Northern Lights Blue are all mounted on black alligator straps secured by pin buckles in the same material as the case but can also be purchased with rubber straps.

I really like the fact that these newcomers strictly respect Sarpaneva’s style but are at the same time entirely different from the previously introduced models. I look at the official pictures feeling hypnotised by this surprising watches and having a hard time figuring out which one I prefer… I really look forward to being able to bring you live pictures of these beauties! Stay tuned for our Basel live articles…

For more information please visit the Sarpaneva web site.