Watchmaker Patrik Sjögren first developed the GoS Ice Blue tempering of Johan Gustafsson’s hand-forged Damascus steel for the Nordic Seasons collection in 2012. The idea was to use traditional heat tempering but to carefully increase the temperature above what results in the dark blue, which is common in watchmaking, so as to instead achieve brighter blue nuances.
Patrik is able to create separate blue nuances for the two different steel types in the Damascus steel pattern by tempering the dial in multiple steps. The colors of tempered steel are created when light is reflected on the surface with slightly varying nuances depending on the angle of reflection and the light source. These dynamics combined with the highly detailed and reflective surface results in a dial that is both elegant and eye-catching.
GoS introduced the Nordic Seasons Winter for Baselworld 2012 and the Ice Blue tempering was featured again in the first GoS dress watch Bifrost two years later.
Patrik and Johan have now further refined both the steel patterns and dial finishing and the result is the Sarek Ice Blue.
Sarek Ice Blue comes complete with a Moose leather strap and there are four different choices of which the lighter beige/brown or the glossy black are expected to be the most popular alternatives.
The ladies version is also available with Ice Blue dials. The blue dial is visible through the hour marker openings which also allow the colors to be reflected onto the polished inside of the case. The retail price for both men’s and ladies versions is US$9,500 plus applicable taxes. As Patrik explains, ” The process to arrive at a surface that’s both heavily etched to reveal the damascus steel pattern and high gloss polished is time consuming, as is the tempering process. Tempering of such a large surface into the same blue nuance is a delicate matter and no two dials behave the same.”