Swedish store brand GoS may be enlivened by Viking esthetics and Scandinavian northern lights, yet the appeal of its timepieces to the watch collecting community is global.
And now the first of just five GoS Skadi models , named for the Norse goddess of winter , is headed to the primary happy proprietor in the United States.
GoS specialty: Damascus steel
“We are the solitary watch brand making our own pattern fashioned steel, also known as Damascus steel,” said co-organizer and watchmaker Patrik Sjögren when I met with him at Dubai Watch Week in November 2019 .
Sjögren had several reasons for attending this global, biannual watch center point. For starters, he was one of the artisans welcomed by the organizing Seddiqi family to hold a workshop about the hand-completing of watch hands. Which makes sense since a bunch of hands on a GoS watch have hours, if not days, of handwork in them.
Sjögren was also showing the GoS Sarek Trollius , the primary completely engraved GoS watch, as well as discussing the Only Watch 2019 collaboration with Singer Reimagined , for which GoS made the black Damascus steel case.
“It was acceptable to be there as I see increased interest from the Middle East. It was great to get together for smooth cardamom coffee with one of the Dubai-based collectors for which I have made bespoke dials and hands in the past,” Sjögren explained.
“The U.S., Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China have already been ‘conquered’ with several pieces sold – despite the fact that the business for any autonomous watch brand can fluctuate at the most amazing aspect times.”
Most of the time Sjögren is in his workshop in the Swedish town Linköping , attempting to stay aware of orders from around the world. And today Quill & Pad has the pleasure of introducing the originally completed example of the brand-new Skadi, named for the Norse goddess of winter.
GoS Skadi: restricted to five pieces
With this watch, one of a restricted version of just five pieces, the brand famous for its Viking esthetics, Damascus steel, artisanal hand completes, and increasingly Game of Thrones-compatible model names, is taking its abilities to the following level.
“It has taken us five years – this is by a wide margin the best watch we have at any point made,” said Sjögren proudly.
This is the primary GoS watch with a black Damascus steel case and crown. It is completed by a bezel ring, hauls, and case back in 18-karat yellow gold.
“To make a decent articulation with Damascus steel you really have to plan the lines to make sure they uphold and follow the various aspects of the case. And it is a real challenge to make Damascus in black – you should make sure that the PVD surface treatment doesn’t mask the pattern. In this case, with the overly strong, very black, arrangement made by Ionbond – a company with production facilities in Sweden and Switzerland – we had the option to achieve a great contrast,” the Swede explained.
The black also contrasts phenomenally with the sparkling, luminescent blue of the superior mother-of-pearl dial. Underneath it is a thick layer of a Strontium aluminate–based non-radioactive and nontoxic photograph luminescent material – also called Super-LumiNova – which gives the best available afterglow.
On Skadi, not just the case yet in addition the scaffolds and the hands are made utilizing the proprietary Damascus steel.
“Moreover, these scaffolds are hand-engraved to bear the resemblance to Viking shields,” Sjögren explained. “It is difficult to engrave Damascus steel with solid perceivability without sabotaging the surface. Here we achieved that by filling the engravings with 24-karat gold and framing it with submerged lines that are cleaned at a 45-degree angle.”
Master blade maker Anders Hedlund is the steady hand answerable for these engravings; he also does the engravings on the 18-karat gold drags and case back.
“These Viking circle patterns with twofold lines are a serious challenge, especially with regards to the spacing between the lines. We also gave the engravings a high clean, an extraordinary shine, which is extremely unusual,” explained Sjögren prior to going to the mechanical details.
“Some watch geeks look with disdain upon our Soprod-enhanced 6498 caliber. Yet, we utilize the top of the line chronometer-grade adaptation with a screw balance. It is important for us to show a ton of steel with the extensions that we produce in our workshop. My way of thinking is also that a watch should be serviceable by any authorized watchmaker. This is also the reason why we don’t design our own screws.”
With the world’s travel and meeting plans currently on hold, Sjögren is focusing significantly more firmly on the workshop.
“Next up we will complete the remaining four pieces of the Skadi – all the components are here. We will also start on the following model, which will have a significantly more complex development. We can make a model, yet we are as yet waiting for the actual development from the provider. And they closed down last week for the coming time frame . . . so we simply have to be patient.”
But regardless of the occasions, Sjögren remains positive.
Sjögren closes down with, “Our orders generally are, as usual, taken care of via telephone, email, and Whatsapp. And social media is our most important marketing instrument anyway. In any case, I anticipate meeting our collectors, companions, and providers when things are back to normal. Meanwhile, I trust everyone stays safe.”
For more information, please visit www.goswatches.com/skadi.
Quick Facts GoS Skadi
Case: 44.5 x 10 mm, 18-karat yellow gold and black PVD-coated Damascus steel
Dial: luminous mother-of-pearl
Development: manually twisted Soprod-enhanced ETA Unitas Caliber 6498 with screw balance, 2.5 Hz/18,000 vph frequency, 46-hour power save, spans made from strong hand-produced piece of Damascus steel
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds
Price: CHF 41,800/€38,100/$42,000 in addition to taxes
Remark: five-year warranty
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