GoS Skadi – the Norse goddess of Winter

By rolex
April 24, 2021
5 min read

Swedish watchmaker Patrik Sjögren and expert blacksmith Johan Gustafsson are the men behind the brand GoS watches – short for Gustafsson & Sjögren. Eminent for the utilization of Damascus steel and subjects roused by Scandinavian landscape and fables, the two-man show delivers exceptionally distinctive watches in profoundly restricted releases. Recently GoS presented a model of its Sarek watch with a dial that sparkles in obscurity because of shaded iridescent material that is painted straightforwardly on the mother-of-pearl. The most recent model, the Skadi, is propelled by the eponymous Winter Goddess of Norse folklore and additionally shines a frosty virus blue in obscurity. A striking combination of red gold, black Damascus steel and blue sapphires, Gustafsson & Sjögren enrolled a little assistance from certain companions for this project.

Metallurgy: a genuine Viking art

For the most recent Skadi model, GoS concluded that the second was more right than wrong to once again introduce Damascus steel on the hands and development spans – not simply the case – directly from Gustaffson’s manufacture. The steel is like the black Damascus steel highlighted on the coordinated effort piece with Singer Reimagined novel for Only Watch 2019. GoS built up the black Damascus steel in 2018 understanding that covering the characteristic grain of the steel with a black PVD substance could shroud the examples. To guarantee the best quality and industry strength PVD covering, GoS reached Ionbond in Sweden, a purveyor of mechanical coatings. Following the use of the black covering, the components were finely finished to uncover the natural, nearly wood-like examples of the metal.

The expand case, estimating 44.5mm in measurement and 10mm in tallness, is produced using a wide range of metals. Blackened Damascus steel is utilized on the bezel and the hand-etched crown while the caseback, carries and case ring are all hand-produced using 18k red gold. For the Skadi watch, Gustafsson & Sjögren additionally welcomed ace knifemaker, Anders Hedlund, to partake in the venture. Viewed as the world’s best knifemaker, Hedlund has partaken with GoS before and was accountable for the detailed etching work on the Sarek Trollius . His commitment can be found in the agile Viking tie etching on the two sides of the gold carries and the Viking shield themes engraved and loaded up with gold on the Damascus steel extensions of the movement.

Master goldsmith Peter deWit was likewise welcomed to take an interest in the Skadi project and was responsible for projecting the gold parts for the case and set the blue sapphires for the records just as the bigger sapphire settled in the crown. Other plan components like the part ring set with sapphires is roused by Viking wristbands and the crown looks like the handle of a Viking sword.

Ice blue dial

Like the past Sarek models, the dial of the Skadi is produced using white mother-of-pearl. The nacre is shaded and illuminated with Swiss Super-LumiNova to deliver the attractive blue sparkle it discharges in obscurity (dials are secured by an EU patent). As per GoS, the “icy blue sparkle has a nearby likeness to the light appearance in a cold landscape during a twilight night“. As indicated by Norse folklore, Skadi is a tracker goddess related with skiing, winter and the mountains and chasing and is as yet utilized as a girl’s name in Sweden.

In keeping with the solid Viking custom that marks GoS, the hands are stick formed and produced using hand-manufactured Damascus steel with cleaned slopes. The little seconds counter, likewise created in Damascus steel, assumes the state of a triple winding theme at 6 o’clock addressing the triple horn of Odin, otherwise called a triskelion.

Manual-winding movement

Underneath the sapphire caseback is a Swiss manual ETA 6498 improved to chronometer-grade by Soprod with hours, minutes and little seconds at 6 o’clock and a 46-hour power save. The fundamental alteration is the ¾ connect produced using one strong piece of Gustaffson’s hand-fashioned Damascus steel and enlivened with Viking shield themes by Hedlund. The Viking themes on the extension are engraved by Hedlund and then loaded up with gold to furnish a sensational difference with the dull Damascus steel. Patrik Sjögren is responsible for the finishings and engravings the extensions a subsequent time, revises all the slants for a last clean and then sets the gems which, as he referenced to Frank “is a smidgen more troublesome than in typical scaffold material”.

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A wide assortment of ties are accessible, from the customary moose calfskin lashes offered by GoS to other cowhide assortments. In any case, all watches come with a deployant lock in 18k gold with a licensed snap-lock mechanism.

The GoS Skadi is a restricted release of 5 watches. The primary unit ought to be accessible by mid-December 2019 and the retail cost is USD 42,000 (not incl. charges). The other four will be created on hand. For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit goswatches.com .