Visually stunning in every aspect, the magnificent hand-forged dial of the GoS Sarek Midnight Blue by Gustafsson and Sjögren recalls the stark, brooding beauty of Sweden’s Sarek National Park. Characterised by unparalleled uniqueness and flawless craftsmanship this exclusive model demonstrates the company’s panache for supreme artisanal skills.
Each Gustafsson and Sjögren timepiece is designed with a nod to the rich history of the company’s Scandinavian homeland. Taking inspiration from the styling codes of their ancestors, Master Bladesmith, Johan Gustafsson and Master Watchmaker, Patrik Sjögren produce an extraordinary portfolio of watches. And, with a combination of meticulously crafted cases and unique, spirited dial designs, each GoS watch is a captivating proposition.
The dramatic landscape of the land where Viking Kings once ruled is demonstrated in striking the dial of the GoS Sarek Midnight Blue watch. Capturing the unpredictability of the rugged region, where the light conditions can change in an instant, the extraordinary façade of this watch exhibits immeasurable subtle tones.
Hand-worked patiently for hours, each individual dial is created using 164 layers of steel, which undergo multiple heat-tempering steps during a hand-forging process. The contrasting finishes which define the Midnight Blue dial require an even more complex technique than previous dials but the end result is an exquisite work of art which displays an extraordinary profusion of colours.
With the slightest wrist movement, the alternating matte and polished finishes play with the light. In its eternal circles and undulating lines one can immediately perceive the sunrise on the Sarek waterways, the tempestuous nature of its skies and its delicate melancholy. The fact that such a varying palette can be achieved using hard metal is quite simply astounding and, due to the hand-crafted exclusivity of each piece, no two will ever be the same.
Framing this intense artistry, a twin-layered index ring inspired by the profile of a Viking bracelet takes up position just beneath the brushed bezel. Reaching out to indicate the hours and minutes, the highly polished spear-shaped hour and minutes hands echo the form of ancient weaponry. The seconds hand, although less of a presence, receives the same high gloss finish. Bereft of clutter, the only other feature on this alluring dial is a plaque at the 12 o’clock which declares the provenance of the piece.
On the case, pillar grooves carved into the steel add interest and texture, while a sapphire section in the caseback reveals the architecture of the Soprod A10 calibre. Here the satin-finished GoS Triskele rotor offers a superb contrast to the bevelled edges of its German silver counterweight. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph, the calibre retains a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound.
The GoS Sarek Midnight Blue model is secured to the wrist by hand-crafted Moose leather strap with a stainless steel GoS buckle. Denoting the uniqueness of each piece, in addition to a serial number, each model bears the caseback inscription of “Sarek 1/1”.