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(Sponsored post) Sweden’s natural beauty continues to inspire GoS Watches. Two years ago, the Swedish-based watchmaker debuted its Sarek collection, which featured intricate tempered Damascus steel dials with eye-catching patterns made to emulate the ever-changing waterways in Sweden’s Sarek National Park.

This year, GoS co-founder Patrik Sjögren echoes his country’s brilliant autumn sunsets and its frozen glaciers on the glowing orange and icy blue dials of the new GoS Sarek Glacier and Sarek Sunset watches. Still framed with Damascus steel, each dial glows thanks to a layer of colorful SuperLuminova set underneath a thin slice of white mother-of-pearl. Because it is translucent, mother-of-pearl allows both color and light to be seen through the entire layer. For added drama, the hour markings around the dial are actually small openings that allow the luminescence below to shine through.

Two views of the GoS Sarek Ladies Glacier

GoS debuted the two new Sarek models in 31.5mm (Ladies Sarek) and 43mm case sizes at Basel recently. Visitors who tried on the new models were impressed, and many noting the Sarek's strong dial luminescence even during daylight.

GoS Sarek Glacier, showing luminescence.

The GoS Sarek Sunset, showing luminescence.

Sjögren explains that it took him more than two years of experimentation to perfect this technique, which has already received protections from the EU design commission. Manufacturing and assembling these three-layer dials by hand, GoS is very likely the first watch brand to use this technique to present mother-of-pearl dials that glow in colors.

Up close on the small-sized (31mm) GoS Ladies' Sarek Glacier.

As noted, GoS continues to employ its famed Swedish stainless Damascus steel to frame the dials on the new Sarek watches. After all, Sjögren founded GoS ten years ago with master blade smith Johan Gustafsson, and his metal work significantly defines the brand for many collectors. Paired with the now-glowing dials, the Damascus bezel on the new Sarek watch can seem to extend the glow of the dial with its own reflective, wave-like patterns.

This GoS Väring Viking warrior watch demonstrates the watchmaker's expertise in creating Damascus steel elements. Here, the technique is paired with bronze.

You may recall that the Sarek was the first GoS model to feature the new GoS crown, which is shaped to echo a Viking sword hilt. The crown’s neck is deeply recessed into the case to better secure it from side impacts. The hands are high gloss polished in a Dauphine finish with a center ridge, a finish meant to resemble Viking arrows and spearheads. GoS can also manufacture bespoke hands from Gustafsson’s own hand-forged steel. The Sarek’s chapter ring and the case ring echo Viking bracelets and brooches.

Ladies ́ Sarek Glacier with pastel blue strap

GoS places a glossy tapered leather strap or a moose leather black strap with a deployant buckle onto the Sarek’s 43mm or 31.5mm case. Both new Sarek models are presented in boxes made from Swedish crystal made by Vas Vitreum, a family owned Swedish glass company. GoS and Vas Vitreum collaborated to make a box that can protect and display the watch.

The GoS Sarek crystal presentation box.

Visible from the back, GoS has designed a triskele rotor to help wind the automatic Soprod A10 movement. The dark rotor has a satin, circular finish and is equipped with an additional, highly finished, counter weight made from German silver. Price: Starting at $8,500.

The GoS Sarek crystal box is also ideal for presentation.

Specifications: GoS Sarek Glacier and Sarek Sunset

Case: Steel 43 mm by 10.5mm or 31.5mm by 9mm (Ladies); Lug width: 22mm or 16mm, worked and finished with inspiration from Viking bracelets, domed sapphire glass with double sided AR coating, extra hard on outside, GoS design crown in high gloss polished with satinized grooves with double gaskets.

Movement: Soprod A10 with GoS triskele rotor, dark satinized and additional counter weight with model engraving “Glacier” or “Sunset”.

Dial: Three-layered with premium white mother-of-pearl on top and a thick layer of Swiss SuperLuminova below for afterglow and colored luminescence. The orange or blue luminescent material is enclosed by a thin rhodinated brass plate with hand-soldered dial feet. The dials have a EU design protection and are manufactured and assembled by hand in the GoS workshop. GoS spear shape hands in high gloss polished and Rhodinated finish. Hands made in hand forged Damascus steel available as bespoke option.

Bezel: Stainless Damascus steel from Damasteel in Söderfors Sweden. The bezel is manufactured and finished in the GoS workshop; Index ring: Two layers combining previous GoS design with inspiration from Viking bracelets. The hour markings are opened to show the color and light from the dial.

Strap: Handcrafted and tapered 22-20mm strap in premium black moose leather, fitted with premium GoS, 20mm Swiss made folding buckle in stainless steel. For Ladies: Handcrafted and tapered 16-14mm in either black moose leather or pastel colored premium leather with Swiss-made stainless steel GoS deployant buckle.

Extras: Every watch engraved with “Sarek 1/1” to indicate that every watch is a unique piece in addition to a serial number. Five-year guarantee, delivered in handcrafted presentation box in Swedish crystal, made by Vas Vitreum glass artists in Vadstena, Sweden

Prices: Starting at $8,500. Bespoke elements such as different strap materials or colors on request.

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