Founded by movement constructor Rémi Maillat in 2013, Krayon made waves when it debuted the Everywhere – a mechanical computer able to indicate sunrise and sunset times anywhere in the world – before following up with the more affordable Anywhere, which fulfils the same function for a single, fixed location.
Now Krayon is introducing a special run of the Anywhere created in partnership with Perpétuel, a newly-established retailer in Dubai, in colours “inspired by the mythical desert”. Limited to 15 pieces, the Krayon x Perpétuel Anywhere features Eastern Arabic numerals and a stainless steel case.
Essentially a facelift of the standard model, the Perpétuel edition is distinguished by its colours – black and pale orange – as well as the Eastern Arabic numerals. While the tweaks are modest, it is nonetheless sharply executed, sporting a striking aesthetic that sets it apart from the blue or cream dials of the regular versions.
More fundamentally, the Anywhere is particularly functional as a special-edition watch for the Middle East. Given that the Anywhere indicates sunrise and sunset times, it is eminently useful for clients in Perpétuel’s home market, where Islam is the predominant religion. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, known as Ramadan – which is taking place right now – requires Muslims to fast from sunrise until sunset.
However, with a price tag of CHF118,800, the Anywhere Perpétuel is actually slightly more expensive than the Anywhere in 18k gold (which costs CHF115,000). Nevertheless, given that it’s limited to just 15 pieces, the premium is perhaps justifiable for the best-looking iteration of the Anywhere to date.
Displaying sunrise and sunset times in real time, the Anywhere is calibrated during assembly and production for a single, fixed geographical location (changing the location requires a trip back to the factory). The information is conveyed via overlapping amber and black rings on the periphery of the dial that indicate the lengths of day and and night. Their respective lengths represent the length of day and night, while the borders between the two indicate sunrise and sunset times.
The Sun-shaped indicator denotes the current position of the Sun in the sky, so when the pointer crosses from the amber to the dark segment, it means that the Sun has set.
However, as the length of the day changes according to the seasons – with more pronounced changes closer the poles – the lengths of the amber and dark segments will vary, thus resulting in changing sunset and sunrise times over the course of a year.
As a result, the calendar is an integral part of the sunrise and sunset indicator. The calendar display at six o’clock shows both date and month, with the twin rings moving in sync with the calendar, reflecting the changing length of the day throughout the year.
[For more information on the functions of the Anywhere, we explored the mechanism in our detailed review of it.]
Having a case identical in size to the standard Anywhere, this measures 39 mm by 9.5 mm, giving it the wearable proportions of a vintage watch.
Inside the case is the manual-winding cal. C030, which comprises a staggering 432 components, despite being a pared-back version of the Universal Sunrise Sunset (USS) calibre found in the Everywhere. The finishing is exquisite, with Geneva stripes, perlage, and anglage visible through the exhibition case back.
Key Facts and Price
Krayon Anywhere x Perpétuel
Diameter: 39 mm
Height: 9.5 mm
Movement: Cal. C030
Functions: Hour, minutes, sunrise and sunset times, 24-hour indicator, and calendar with month
Frequency: 21,600 beats per hour (3 Hz)
Power reserve: 86 hours
Strap: Alligator leather
Limited edition: 15 pieces
Availability: Exclusively from Perpétuel, deliveries in December 2021
Price: 118,800 Swiss francs
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