In general, we tend to stay away from politics and conflict and like to focus on watchmaking instead. With that being said, we cannot ignore the efforts of our beloved watchmaking community when it comes together to make an impact one way or another. This is the reason why we wanted to highlight the one-of-a-kind Northern Lights for Ukraine watch by Swedish independent watchmaker GoS, along with a unique art piece by Sunflowerman, to be auctioned for charity in support of Ukraine during these incredibly tough times.
The GoS Northern Lights for Ukraine is fitted with a one-off guilloché dial finished in the Ukrainian national colours, blue and yellow. If you look at it closely, you will notice small damages to the dial, battle scars, if you will, as this is a dial that has been used in testing by GoS. This is set in a 41.5mm wide stainless steel case with a Damascus steel bezel. The rest of the watch is aligned with previous Northern Lights editions, such as the Blue and Green.
The micro-rotor calibre GoS03 (based on the Schwarz-Etienne ASE 200.00) has a special engraving on the ratchet wheel. It can be seen through the back, with its distinctive blued micro-rotor clearly standing out. The watch is fitted to a handmade blue polished salmon leather strap and comes in a handblown crystal container and a wooden outer box.
The aforementioned artwork that comes with it is made by Sunflowerman, a.k.a. Matthew Miller. It is a hand-drawn graphite impression of the GoS Northern Lights for Ukraine covered by a blue and yellow watercolour wash. It is presented as a set, along with the watch. Both will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on the 27th of April, during its Important Watches: Part II event. All proceeds from the sale of the watch and art piece will be donated to Red Cross Ukraine. We applaud the efforts by GoS and Sunflowerman to create such an evocative piece dedicated to such a good cause.