Sarpaneva Watches - The Geneva Watch Auction: XV Geneva Saturday, May 7, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Sarpaneva Watches
    Year: 2009
    Case No: N° 6
    Model Name: Korona 3
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. Soprod A10, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold Sarpaneva pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied Sarpaneva by fitted box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Not only is Stepan Sarpaneva a fabulously gifted watchmaker, he is also someone with an incredibly keen eye for design.

    Stepan Sarpaneva is the son of acclaimed Finnish jewelry designer Pentti Sarpaneva. With already a vision at a young age to become a talented designer and craftsman one day, Stepan graduated from the Finnish School of Watchmaking and then propelled his studies further at the prestigious WOSTEP in Switzerland. After graduating from watchmaking school, Stepan was officially integrated into the world of horology working on high complications for prestigious watchmakers such as Parmigiani, Vianney Halter and Christophe Claret.

    Perfectionism, enthusiasm and an infinite passion for watchmaking inspired Sarpaneva to create watches of his own. In 2003 he founded his own company in Helsinki, Finland where he individually handcrafts each watch at the workshop.

    The Korona (the Finish name for the Borealis) was introduced in 2009 and featured a design language that would become Sarpaneva’s signature going forward and something that would become immediately recognizable: a bombastic notched case, a grid like dial (inspired by the grids protecting the trees in the streets of Helsinki) and a large drop dead gorgeous gothic hand engraved moon face.
    The automatic winding rotor also takes cue from the dial design with its grid design and hand engraved moon face. In the present model the moon is in white gold and not pink gold upon special request of the owner.
    Sarpaneva’s pink gold Korona is a rare beast as less than 20 were ever made, the present early piece bears number 6 and is offered by its original owner.

    As Sarpaneva indicates on his website that “these watches are not created for everyone. They are exceptional timepieces intended for exceptional people”. We couldn’t agree more.


An unusual and attractive pink gold wristwatch with engraved moonphase display

40mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF10,000 - 20,000 

Sold for CHF27,720

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XV

Geneva Auction 7 - 8 May 2022