Swedish watchmaker Patrik Sjögren and bladesmith Johan Gustafsson have launched a new limited edition of timepieces under the GoS brand name, said to be inspired by the changing Nordic seasons.
The series features watches with an oversized 45mm case and crown made in hand-forged Damascus steel.
To date the Nordic Season watches have featured hands with a spear shape but for this collection GoS has added an index ring with similarly shaped hour markers to complement the hands. All hands and index rings of the Nordic Seasons watches are made in solid 18ct gold with a details chosen to match the colour scheme of the season dial.
Each of the watches will be produced in a limited edition of 20 pieces – just five models for each of the four seasons.
The house Swiss ETA manual-wound calibre 6498 modified by Soprod to chronometer-grade. The strap is hand-crafted in soft nubuck leather.
The hand-forged Damascus steel used for the cases and crowns is forged by Gustafsson himself. He uses modern Swedish tool steels and is said to have reinvented the ancient techniques in his smithy and has developed new techniques and patterns that are his “inimitable trademarks”. He has a long career as a master bladesmith and knifemaker, and his work is renowned by collectors of knives and colleagues worldwide.
Sjögren meanwhile manufactures not only the crowns, dials and dial components but also the watch hands and movement parts. He also finishes every part, with at least a day spent finishing the hands alone.
The cases for the Nordic Season watches are manufactured by a watch case maker in Germany. The straps are made by a Swedish artisan based in Geneva.