Picture this: the days are getting shorter, nights are getting longer, the temperature is dropping, and it’s snowing for days on end. As you gaze outside to admire the snow-covered landscape, you notice the windows are frosted over. Ice crystals have formed on the edges of the thin transparent barrier that keeps the warmth in and the cold out, indicating that it’s freezing outside. As you settle yourself back on a comfy couch with a good book, you check the time and see that same frosted effect on your watch. Is your mind playing tricks on you? No, not at all, but it’s a very likely scenario that you are wearing the new and sub-zero cool GoS Sarek Frost!
The Swedish independent watch brand GoS is known for its use of Damascus steel, the hand-forged steel that can be formed into wildly intricate patterns. On many occasions, we’ve shown you the uniqueness of the material, especially given watchmaker Patrik Sjögren’s know-how of finishing it in various colours or styles. While it’s a material found on virtually all GoS watches, the Sarek Frost is one of those rarities where it is absent, although you can opt for a Damascus steel bezel to replace the satin-finished one. What has remained, though, are the countless little details inspired by Scandinavian folklore and Viking history.
The case measures 41.5mm across and 11mm in height and has the signature scallops in the caseband that resemble ancient Viking bracelets. Each groove is polished, while the top surfaces are brushed. On the right-hand side, there’s a handmade crown shaped like the hilt of a Viking sword. A domed sapphire crystal covers the dial, while the caseback has another sapphire crystal to reveal the movement. With 50m water resistance, you don’t have to worry too much when you go about your daily business.
The dial is what shines brightest in the Sarek Frost, and Patrik Sjögren has found an unusual source of inspiration for it, borrowing the look and feel of an ice-covered or frosted window pane. It paints the picture, right? The dial comes in Midnight Blue or Ice Blue tones, both with a sunray-brushed finish. The index ring is made of 12 carefully crafted segments of sapphire crystal set on a metal base. Each one is polished and finished with solid white Super-LumiNova underneath. The spaces between each segment mark the hours. Interlaced with the sapphire crystal segments is a frost-themed pattern that mimics the effect of a frosted window pane. Snow and ice speckles are printed on the dial, as is the transparent GoS logo. The handcrafted hands are spear-shaped for the hours and minutes, with a needle-like seconds hands completing the indication.
Like the previous GoS we covered, the radiant Sarek Rissa, the Sarek Frost comes with the La Joux-Perret G101 automatic movement. This calibre has been updated to meet GoS’ specifications and provides a running time of 65 hours. It runs at a rate of 28,800vph and indicates the hours and minutes, as well as the (hacking) seconds. To top it all off, the tungsten rotor is custom-made for GoS and has a skeletonized design with bevelled edges and a gold Triskele emblem. This Viking symbol consists of three connected drinking horns and is also known as the Triple Horn of Odin.
The new GoS Sarek Frost is limited to 100 pieces, all fitted to a handcrafted salmon leather strap with a GoS pin buckle in stainless Damascus steel. It’s priced at USD 9,500 (excluding VAT) but can also be ordered with a Damascus steel bezel, which pushes the price to USD 10,500 (excluding VAT). Each one will be engraved with “One out of 100” to indicate its limitation. As a finishing touch, the frost pattern is repeated on the caseback.
For more information, please visit GoSWatches.com.