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A Swedish Winter on the Wrist

GoS highlights its use of black Damascus steel in Skadi, the Swedish watchmaker’s latest collection. GoS complements the watch’s distinctive black Damascus steel case with red gold and a glacier-blue luminous mother-of-pearl dial.

GoS co-founder and designer Patrik Sjögren says he has combined all these materials and techniques together into one watch to recall the primary colors amid the landscape ruled by Skadi, the winter goddess in Norse mythology.

The GoS Skadi features gold and black Damascus steel with blue sapphire highlights.

Skadi, made as a limited edition of five watches, continues Sjögren’s horological trek across Sweden and its natural beauty, which has included stops in the Scandinavian country’s forests, glaciers and mountains.

As with so many GoS watches, Skadi’s 44.5mm case and its lugs are engraved. Here, GoS matches those engravings with similar engravings on the manual-wind movement. Both are done by master knifemaker Anders Hedlund, who also does the engraving work on the GoS Sarek Trollius. Here, Hedlund engraves both the sides of the lugs with a Viking knot pattern and the Damascus steel movement bridges.

From the back you can see the Damascus steel bridges with a gold filled viking shield engraving.

With Skadi, GoS introduces local craftsman to the GoS collective. Master goldsmith Peter deWit cast the gold parts for the Skadi case and also fit the blue sapphires in all the dial’s indexes and in the crown.

Skadi side view. Note the crown with an inset blue sapphire.

You may recall that GoS developed its specialized black Damascus steel last year when it teamed with Singer Reimagined to create the Track1 Black Damascus, which we will soon see at auction at OnlyWatch 2019. GoS says that its particular dark PVD coating emphasizes the patterns in the Damascus while also reflecting the light.

Echoing the impressive dial illumination technique developed by Patrik Sjögren and introduced in the Sarek Glacier earlier this year, the Skadi dial is made from white mother-of-pearl that is both colored and backlit thanks to a dollop of SuperLuminova beneath.

Skadi's glacier blue mother-of-pearl dial has an ice blue glow.

GoS will make five Skadi watches, each delivered on a moose leather strap and fitted with a Swiss-made 18-karat gold folding buckle. Each watch arrives in a Swedish walnut box handcrafted near GoS headquarters. Price: $42,000.

Specifications: GoS Skadi

Case: 44.5mm x10mm from Stainless Damascus steel (provided by Swedish masters at Damasteel and reworked by GoS). Industry-strength PVD coating by Ionbond Sweden. Black Damascus steel bezel. Case back, glass ring and lugs from 18k gold and all handmade in Linköping Sweden. Crystal is flat sapphire glass with double-sided AR coating, extra hard on outside. GoS design crown in hand-sculpted stainless Damascus steel with a large gold-fitted blue sapphire 7.5mm in diameter and with double gaskets.

Movement: Soprod Chronometre-grade 6498 with screwed balance. Bridges made from one solid piece of Damascus steel hand-forged by Johan Gustafsson.

Dial: Three-layered with premium white mother-of-pearl on top and a thick layer of Swiss Super-LumiNova below. The luminescent material is enclosed by a thin rhodinated brass plate with hand-soldered dial feet. These dials have EU design protection and are manufactured and assembled by GoS. Index ring is dual-layer combining previous GoS design with inspiration from Viking bracelets. The upper ring and the GoS logo are gold plated. GoS spear shape hands in Johan Gustafsson ́s hand-forged Damascus steel. The hands have a high contrast finishing on the upper surface with hand-polished bevels.

Strap: Handcrafted and tapered 22-20mm premium moose leather, fitted with premium GoS 20mm Swiss made 18-karat gold folding buckle.

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