After few years of absence, Stefan Kudoke presented his new watches again at this year’s Baselworld. When the WatchUSeek team visited the AHCI booth we noticed a growing interest from journalists and guests in Kudoke watches. This time their focus was on the new non-skeleton watches.

Stefan Kudoke is known for his exceptional watch creations. He has been manufacturing skeleton watches with elaborate hand engravings for more than 10 years. “KudOktopus” is one of his most recognizable watch. Stefan has spent the past few years in perfecting the art of hand skeletonizing. Now he has taken the next step by developing his own movement.

The new movement incorporates a unique combination of the English traditional handcraft and German precision watchmaking. Stefan states, “During the development of Kaliber 1 I got inspired by the design of historical English pocket watches whose use of forms I deliberately incorporated into my movement. Ages ago I bought an old English pocket watch movement, that lay unused in a drawer for a long time. One day it fell into my hands again – just as the idea of an own movement began to take shape. “

There have been several examples of cooperation between German and English watchmaking in the past. It was the German diplomat and astronomer Hans Moritz von Brühl, who supported English precision watchmaking, by patronizing Thomas Mudge, and finally bringing it to Saxony and Dresden. By doing so he set an important milestone for the still famous Saxon watchmaking. “With our new watch movement, I would like to tie in with this tradition and honor the old Masters” says Stefan, whose home of choice for the last couple of years has been Saxony.

Stefan showcased two watches with the new movements, both without his trademark skeleton work.  The first watch, Kudoke 1, is understated three-hand watch. As they say that less is more. The small second at 9 o’clock balances the dial with the Kudoke nameplate acting as a counterweight.

The bright frosted two-layer dial contrasts beautifully with the thermally blued steel hands. The hands themselves are unique in both the watches.  Stefan designed the Infinity hands has his signature for the Kudoke watches.  Through the sapphire crystal on the back you can see the hand-finished movement inspired by a historical English pocket watch.

Kudoke 1 Specification

Case:

+ Stainless steel – Sapphire crystal on top and case back; rosé, white and yellow gold cases are available on request

+ Diameter: 39 mm

Hands:

+ Stainless steel hands thermally blued

+ Infinity-shaped hour hand (the same Infinity symbol is on the balance cock as well)

Dial:

+ Bright frosted dial with two put-on rings to indicate minutes, hours on an outer scale and small seconds at 9 o’clock

+ Kudoke plate at 3 o’clock

Movement:

+ In-house movement Kaliber 1

+ Manual winding

+ Diameter 30 mm, Height 5,05 mm

+ 18 jewels

+ 46 hours power reserve

+ 28.800 b/h

* Hand finished with frosted and gilded plate

+ Raised hand engraved balance cock

Strap:

+ Louisiana Alligator or calf leather strap

+ Sewed by hand

+ Buckle made of stainless steel

Price: 6,303 Euros (excluding tax)

The Kudoke 2 watch replaces the sub-seconds at 9’o clock, and instead has a rotating 24-hour disc at 12’o clock with a day and night display. At first glance, your eyes are fixated on the rotating domed sky disc, which is hand engraved and electroplated in gold, white and black rhodium indicates day and night respectively. The golden triangle on the discs corresponds with the hour circle. The brilliant hand engraving on the disc is the work of an artisan based in Frankfurt.

Both, Kudoke 1 and Kudoke 2 share the same movement. A module mechanism mounted on the dial side of Kaliber 1 facilitates the 24-hour day/night display.

Kudoke 2 Specifications

Case:

+ Stainless steel (Rose, white and yellow gold case on request) – sapphire crystal for front and case back

+ Diameter: 39 mm

Hands:

– Stainless steel – thermally blued

– Infinity-shaped hour hand

Movement:

+ In-house movement KALBER 1-Version 24H

+ Manual winding

+ Diameter 30 mm, Height 5,05 mm

+ 18 jewels

+ 46 hours power reserve

+ 28.800 b/h

* Hand finished with frosted and gilded plate

+ Raised hand engraved balance cock

Strap:

+ Louisiana Alligator or calf leather strap

+ Sewed by hand

+ Buckle made of stainless steel

Price: 7,807 Euros (excluding tax)

The Watchuseek team’s overall impression is that Kudoke 1 and 2 watches complement the existing skeleton watches very well, making for an overall balanced collection.  The old-world movement co-existing with a German minimalist dial design is worth the price of admission.

Editorial: Mike Stuffler and Bhanu Chopra

Pictures: Mike Stuffler and Kudoke

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