Konstantin Chaykin – Russian watchmaker
Konstantin Chaykin is a Russian design engineer, inventor and watchmaker. Konstantin was born in Leningrad in 1975.
Chaykin is repeatedly mentioned by critics as one of the world’s experts on Haute Horlogerie.
In Russia, the watch industry, which disappeared with the collapse of the USSR, is much more complicated than in Switzerland, Germany, France and England.
Konstantin Chaykin, radio engineer from Petersburg, got the idea to make his watch in 2003, at the age of 28. He went to the Hermitage exhibition Breguet, which inspired him so much that he decided not to stay.
And already in 2008 Chaykin introduced table clock with perpetual calendar and Orthodox Easter module to the Swiss Academy of Independent Watchmakers (AHCI – Academie horlogere des createurs independants). Academics did not believe that in Russia one person could construct such complex clock. In 2010 Chaykin became AHCI member.
In 2012 Konstantin found Moscow investor and moved his studio to the capital.
Chaykin wants to prove that Russia may create a competitive high-tech manufacturing.
His entrepreneurial career began in 2000 with three thousand rubles. Konstantin and his partner went to Moscow, bought cheap watches and sold them in St. Petersburg with a small margin. A year later they opened a store. And in subsequent years, their main business was the inexpensive clock wholesale plus a chain of stores selling such watches. Then there were service centers and restoration center. Breguet exhibition in the Hermitage made a strong impression on Konstantin as 200 years ago without CNC, without special tools people could do such things – not only with complex mechanisms, but also with the highest quality finishes. And he believed that everything was possible. Konstantin experimented, tried to grind out various details. Fame came to him after he did watch with the Orthodox Easter.
Now in the Konstantin Chaykin’s company work 60 people.
Konstantin is an author of the book “Watchmaking in Russia. Masters and keepers”.