Moscow-born independent watchmaker Alexander Shorokhoff founded his eponymous watch brand in Bavaria in 2003, and since then has found a niche with collectors with his distinctively colorful, artistically avant-garde timepieces, many inspired by Russian abstractionist painters. Shorokhoff’s newest eye-popping timepiece is a dual-time-zone model called “Levels” — named for its multi-level dial and constructed to display home time and local time on different planes.
The “Levels” watch achieves its 3D dual time zone displays with the use of two separate self-winding ETA 2671 movements (here modified with hand engraving and other refinements by Shorokhoff and re-dubbed Caliber 2671.AS), for each time zone. The blue wave-patterned dial hosts two guillochéd subdials — one for home time on the right, on the higher level; the other for local time on the right, on the lower level — each positioned near a crown that the wearer can use to set their time displays. These are bordered by circular and semicircular rose-gold appliques (the former for each subdial’s minute track, the latter identifying the timepiece with the “Alexander Shorokhoff” signature and the notation “Limited Edition – Made in Germany”) that are applied on the different levels.
The distinctively formed, decorative hands on each subdial are made of brass, and Shorokhoff has applied to each handset a different colored luminous treatment: orange on the local time subdial, green on the home time subdial. A slightly off-center multicolored stripe bisects the dial while calling to mind other Shorokhoff artistic pieces, and on the left side a small rose-gold-plated bridge is vertically fixed with gold-plated screws over the lower subdial, culminating in a magnifying lens over the local time date display.
The stainless steel case of the “Levels” has brushed and polished finishes and measures 46.5 mm in diameter and 12.5 mm thick. Two portholes in the caseback offer views of both automatic movements, each of which run in 25 jewels and store a power reserve of 42 hours. Mounted on a genuine ostrich leather strap, the timepiece is limited to 99 pieces.