Monday, October 1, 2012

A Little Finnish Folktale

So as many of you know, Wendy and I lived and worked in Finland for four years.  Part of my job was to travel around the country, visiting the 7 schools in Turku, Oulu, Tampere and nearly every place else you can imagine.  Lots of train rides, lots of time to look out the window and imagine.  And when you've taken some of those trips from the heart of downtown Helsinki through some of the remarkable countryside, you can see how some stories take hold.  Finland is an amazingly beautiful country, one of the greenest places I've ever lived in.  And it's history is marked by triumph over adversity.  Sweden and Russia and finally the Soviets tried to assimilate Finland - tried and failed.  Spend some time amongst the Finns - and you'll see one of the strongest national identities.  And their folklore reflects this spirit.
Courtesy of Sarpaneva
Okay, so what does that have to do with watches James?

I'm glad you asked!  This is Stepan Sarpaneva's latest creation - the Sarpaneva Korona K0 Wuoksi!
Courtesy of Sarpaneva
Way back when, a village blacksmith's daughters were taken by N√§kki - an underwater creature particularly prone to  taking young children.  Keep in mind, this was before Nokia brought cell phones to Finland and the rest of us, and there were no Amber Alerts.  So the blacksmith had to get creative to solve this problem. 
Here's the rest of the story - straight from Sarpaneva in Helsinki -

The smith descended into the watery depths to rescue his daughters, but unable to reach the bottom,
he had to turn back.

The anxious father wrought himself a waterproof time-iron that would be his salvation at depths he had never known before. But still he couldn’t save his daughters, not until he wrought a machine that also reveals the phase of the moon. He waited for the moment, when the sun and the moon were not aligned, for that was the time when the tide is as its weakest. He was now ready to dive again to the bottom of the lake, for the sake of his daughters.

The old Finnish word ‘Wuoksi’ has a double meaning both ‘high tide’ and ‘for the sake of something’. It reminds us of the smith, who dived into the depths for the sake of love. 

Courtesy of Sarpaneva

Korona K0 Wuoksi is an executive class sports watch wrought by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. Founded on the success of Korona K0, this special edition features a moonphase complication instead of diver’s bezel. Wuoksi introduces a special skeleton dial and a revolving evening sky disc which reveals a peek of the iconic Sarpaneva moon face. 

So say "HEI" (that's hello) to the Korona KO Wuoksi!

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