During the Monaco Yacht Show, SuperYachtTimes.com was invited to Espen Oeino's office, overlooking Port Hercule, to witness the launching of an exciting collaboration of watchmaker Scalfaro and Espen Oeino, the “Scalfaro for Espen Oeino“ Edition - limited to 100 pieces - a rare and impressive design object which will delight watch collectors and maritime spirits alike.
Since its foundation in 2001, Scalfaro has made a name for itself as the pioneer of “Contemporary Luxury” adding an innovative yet highly sophisticated facet to the world of fine watchmaking. In its Swiss Ateliers the family-owned company manufactures mechanical masterpieces by combining traditional artisan techniques with the latest modern-day technology. Scalfaro’s extraordinary design language is completed by flawless workmanship and keen attention to detail.
“Four Generations – One Passion” - Alexander and Dominik Kuhnle are proud to dedicate their energy, skills and passion to continue their family’s longstanding tradition in the luxury universe.
In the world of superyachts Espen Oeino is recognized as one of the leading naval architects. He is the ingenious spirit behind some of the most famous yachts of our times incl. true milestones of yacht history such as the stylish Skat, the luxurious Kismet and the sleek Silver.
The result is a truly maritime watch which – in a very sophisticated way - communicates worldly elegance, seaworthiness as well as watchmaking excellence. The design and construction of the solid 44mm watchcase was inspired by a porthole. The various surface-finishings of the case with its numerous polished facets and brushed tables create a strong three-dimensionality and makes the timepiece sparkle in the sun like a diamond.
The dial design is functional, but refined including its two-tone colour concept. The multi-level construction of the dial is in perfect harmony with the clear design- language of the watchcase. The diamond-polished hands are filled with luminous material (Luminova) and thus guarantee good readability at night.
The hand-finished inner bezel of the dial - visible through the scratch-resistant and anti-glare treated sapphire crystal – is engraved with the hour numbers as well as the name “Espen Oeino“. Two coloured ceramic cylinders are set into the bezel as a subtle reference to maritime symbolism – a red ceramic element at 9 o’clock (signal sign for portside) and a green ceramic element at 3 o’clock (signal sign for starboard).
Inside the timepiece – you could say “in the engine room” – ticks a highly refined Swiss Manufacture chronograph movement visible through the Sapphire crystal caseback. It has been finely tuned and decorated by hand with Geneva stripes, Perlage pattern as well as blued screws. The chronograph function enables the mechanical measurement of time-periods of up to 12 hours. The V-configuration of the three subdials as well as the date indication at 6 o’clock complete the well-balanced design of the dial.
On the outside of the watch, you can see the logo of the Espen Oeino Design Studio which has been integrated into the solid stainless steel case at 6 o’clock with the help of Scalfaro’s innovative technique of coloured “Ceramic Intarsia” blending steel and ceramics.
The numerous components of the highly complex watchcase are screwed together with Scalfaro’s very own ScalfaScrews inspired by a winch. Seaworthy water-resistance is guaranteed by the “Scalfaro Multi-Step Protection“-System (SMSP) which protects the gaskets from direct water-contact in combination with the solid screw-down crown.
The natural rubber strap with its smart folding buckle integrates into the watchcase via two prolonged logs with polished facets and matt-finished tables. The logs together with the slightly lowered middle-part are an abstraction of the stern of a superyacht. The refined weight-balance of the watchcase as well as its curved design guarantee a very comfortable fit of the watch on the wrist.