What is interesting about Sarpaneva’s Korona K0 Wuoksi is the fact that there are two eyes peering out at you from the aperture between the 10.30 and 1.30 positions.
The eyes are part of founder Stepan Sarpaneva’s signature moon face but the eyes are aligned exactly within the aperture for only 24 hours and after a cycle that lasts around 29.5 days each time.
Now that was a big hint that this pair of eyes actually serve a function, apart from flirting with or ‘making eyes’ at you (or someone you are pursuing). The eyes actually serve as the moon phase display and when exactly aligned within the aperture, it indicates a Full Moon phase.
After a day passes, a rotating disc above the eyes will slowly cover the hand-engraving. The disc represents the night sky and has stars on it. When the aperture is fully covered by this disc with the night sky, it means that a New Moon phase is occurring.
This is Stepan Sarpaneva’s creative interpretation of a moon phase display. It is made possible by incorporating the moon phase function with the cycle of 29.5 days with the modified Soprod A10 automatic movement.
The watch is named “Wuoksi” which is derived from an old Finnish word which means “high tide” or “for the sake of something”.
Sarpaneva’s Wuoksi is inspired by a Finnish legend whereby a father, whose two daughters have been kidnapped by a lustful underwater creature known as Näkki, crafts an instrument to indicate the moon phases.
The father needs this device in order to time his rescue when the Sun and Moon are not aligned and when the tide is at its weakest. This will increase his chances of a rescue attempt when entering the dark, murky and dangerous waters to face Näkki.
As such, Wuoksi is an appropriate name for the double meaning of “high tide” and “for the sake of love” – his love and devotion to his two daughters.
Water-resistant to the depth of 300 metres, the Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi is an interesting sports watch with the moon phase display, a function few will even know of… till they ask.