Watches: Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights (+live pics)

By Thierry Ané on May 1, 2015

Over the past three years, our highly successful iPhone/iPad apps Watches of 2012, Watches of 2013, and Watches of 2014 have introduced our audience to an average of 1,900 watches per year. With already more than 900 models featured, Watches of 2015 is bound to follow the same path.

This means it would take more than five articles a day to cover all these novelties on Watch Agora! Even if I enjoy writing about timepieces, I am not sure I would be up for the task. And to be frank, I am not sure that, you, my faithful readers would be willing to absorb that much of my prose…

What these little statistics teach us, though, is that there are plenty of watches to choose from when writing an article and no particular reason to dedicate more than one post to a specific model. No practical reasons that is, but I could list plenty of emotional ones. Indeed, some watches are so awesome that we really feel the need to discuss them repeatedly out of pleasure of course, but also to make sure every single reader has had the opportunity to discover them. This is even truer when the first article I published did not include some of our live pictures!

One such stunning set of timepieces is Stepan Sarpaneva’s Korona K0 Northern Lights blue, green, and violet trilogy. Last February, I already dedicated an articleWatches: Sarpaneva Korona K0 Northern Lights to these beautiful models but the three timekeepers are so amazing that I had to draw my reader’s attention once again towards these luminous beauties.

Most watch lovers are now familiar with the characteristic look of Stepan’s wonderful creations inspired by the moon. This talented Finnish watchmaker always manages to capture the various moods of this celestial body in the elegant Korona frame. With or without actual moon phase indications, his original creations always use outstanding craftsmanship to offer a poetic tribute to the star of the night.

The Korona K0 Northern Lights blue, green, and violet are the result of a collaboration with James Thompson of Black Badger Advanced Composites. Their dials feature the brand's famous grid with a dark blue, green, or violet DLC-coating depending on the version, paired with two beautiful human-like moon faces crafted in white or red gold.

What makes them special, though, is the use of blue, green, or light violet “Moonglow” underneath the grid. Combined with a green Super-LumiNova for delta-shaped hands and hour marker dots, this highly luminescent material makes for a sensational show at night or when you look at the watches in the dark!

Saying that the dials are glowing with gorgeous vivid colours is clearly an understatement! These watches are fascinating to look at: utterly fun they are also incredibly refined. As mesmerising as the aurora borealis itself, they use the Northern lights to enhance Mr Sarpaneva’s exquisite dial decorations.

The blue and green models come with a stainless steel case. The frame of the Korona K0 Northern Lights Violet, on the other hand, received a black DLC coating. All three models are mounted on a black alligator strap secured by a pin buckle with the same finish as the case. They are all powered by a self-winding Soprod A10 calibre modified and decorated by this gifted watchmaker.

Only 8 pieces of each rendition will be produced and with an attractive price of CHF 14,500, the stunning Korona K0 Northern Lights are already almost sold out. For me, they are some of the nicest timepieces I have seen in Basel this year…

For more information please visit the Sarpaneva web site.