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Feeling “Lucky” with Alexander Shorokhoff

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April 2018


Feeling “Lucky” with Alexander Shorokhoff

The German watchmaker tests its luck with the second edition of the “Lucky 8”, an exciting timepiece featuring handmade engravings and a vintage movement.

Many things in this world are down to luck, but it’s also true that one has to be good to be lucky. Luck may present itself many times, but only those capable enough can actually seize the opportunity to be “lucky”.

I feel that same spirit has been captured in the latest release by Alexander Shorokhoff: the so-called “Lucky 8” wristwatch.

Found within the German brand’s Vintage collection, the new limited edition is the second coming of the Lucky timepiece. And just like its predecessor, a key element of the new watch is the beautiful date display.

The new edition of the Lucky 8
The new edition of the Lucky 8

The dial features 31 small windows that correspond to silver-plated date indications around the outside of the dial. A special date disk in silver is fixed to the movement and displays the current date in red.

To provide a more balanced look overall, the hands have also been coloured red and pop above the dial, while the second hand has been made half black and half red to help with legibility. A red seam on the ostrich leather strap completes the look, arguably making this new model more sophisticated than the earlier version.

Feeling “Lucky” with Alexander Shorokhoff

Both the display caseback and the cut-out dial allow us to appreciate the movement: a vintage cal. 2416 Poljot. The 17-jewel Russian-made movement delivers 42 hours of power reserve and it has been completely overhauled, adjusted, and hand-engraved at the Alexander Shorokhoff manufactory.

Because the production of this robust movement was stopped about 20 years ago, the Lucky 8 is only available in a limited edition. The 200 total production cap is simply down to the brand only managing to secure that many movements, plus the requisite spare components.

The vintage Poljot movement
The vintage Poljot movement

This watch will be available in four different versions of 50 watches, including stainless steel, rose gold plated, black PVD or with yellow hands. Each watch comes in a 43.5 mm case, which is well sized considering everything that has been included dial-side.

The new Lucky 8 is expected to retail for 1,799 Euro, with the exception being the stainless steel model that will retail for 100 Euro less than it’s three sister watches.