Alexander Shorokhoff Regulator R01

Alexander who? is the one or the other readers of this article might think. Alexander Shorokhoff brand is actually on the market for at least 13 years and the quality of the watches has a very good reputation among connoisseurs.

Alexander Shorokhoff Regulator R01

What all models by Alexander Shorokhoff definitely have in common is the unusual design. Beforehand: The here tested Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 (AS. R01-4) Although not among the most unusual watches in the portfolio of the brand, but still clearly the crowd stands out from…

The brand Alexander Shorokhoff

Alexander Shorokhoff-this easy zungenbrecherisch-brand name is also the name of the ethnic head behind the brand with headquarters in the small town of Alzenau in Bavaria.

The Moscow businessman and trained engineer, just taken actuallyv named Alexander Shorokho, was sent in 1991 Germany due to his achievements and his commitment of the then Russian Prime Minister Michael Gorbatschow along with a few other forward-thinking managers . There should be within the framework of the reforms initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union Shorokhov (keyword: perestroika and glasnost, freedom of expression / freedom of information), the free market economy to the Hessian Ministry of Economics to know.

Shorokhovs moved to Germany he entered only 1 year later in the watch business with sales of Russian Poljot watch brand. Alexander Shorokhoff brand was founded in the year 2003 under the motto

Art on your wrist

Under this guiding principle is to a unusual watches design which is inspired by Russian and international art, with “Hand Made in Germany” quality are combined. The brand is located in the in the lower to middle luxury segment, achieving a relatively wide audience, indicated by estatelearning. The target group is at the same time with

Watch lovers who want to join not the mainstream.

paraphrased.

The success of this concept are Alexander Shorokhoff so far right: since 2010, the sales of the manufacturer each year doubled has, in 2015, the sales growth was almost 150% – of course the absolute number base is certainly much smaller than in well-established and long-established brands such as Tissot. The growth rates but show that obviously there is a market for the fancy watches from the tranquil Alzenau. In this context, the number was further expanded distributors and shops over the years.

Mr Shorokhov is also strongly involved in the operational business: each watch is complete he designed and drawn by hand:

A master watchmaker is responsible for all steps in the production . This accompanied the production process from the beginning to the final assembly. Much hand work flows as in the engraving and finishing the Russian and Swiss movements, which first be dismantled after the delivery into its constituent parts and cleaned…

(Slideshow images: Alexander Shorokhoff / Frank may):

In addition to the manual work, which is in production, the models by Alexander Shorokhoff records also front breaks in style from: such as the Alexander Shorokhoff Barbara from the Avantgarde model series, which 2016 the German Design Award Won “Special Mention” and in honor of the famous Jazz musician Barbara Dennerlein was designed. The very detailed processed dial in the Piano-style touch keys can see themselves in any case more than leave in the middle.

Another crazy elaborate design has the Alexander Shorokhoff Babylonian, everything else is also in the (more expensive) new edition of Babylonian II as boring:

The model number of the avant-garde was born in 2009 during the great depression, to appeal to a younger audience with cheaper models. Also the here tested Alexander Shorokhoff comes from the avant-garde series regulator R01 (AS. R01-4), which has a less extroverted design of other models of the brand , but still more than a glance is value…

Test the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 (AS. R01-4)

Case and Crown

The case processing can easily compete with the big or established watch brands: brushed and polished surfaces of the 43 mm case are available, the edges are very clean. The height is measured with 12 mm and harmoniously. All in all is the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 optically very present on the wrist:

The Crown is very rich in detail, could have perhaps greater a tick, because I franosa it once in a while with my sausage fingers when putting on…

The screw-down Sapphire Crystal back reveals the terrific hand decorated and gold-plated movement – particularly the blued screws, the cloud cut and hand engraving of the balance bridge are a real eye-catcher:

The model is splash-proof (5 bar), which is for this type of clock in order. The scratch-resistant sapphire glass is coated on the inside.

Dial and hands

The Dial is certainly what the regulator R01 most likely differs from other models (next to the ornate plant).The name regulator comes not by about: the principle of the so-called scientific regulators is also at the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 used, i.e. hours, minutes and seconds are separately represented.

Specifically R01 of the minute hand on the central axis is located at the regulator, while hour and seconds hand arranged decentrally and overlap. This makes for a varied look, read the time but at the same time requires some adaptation.

Particularly in the eye the dominant 60 on the stands of course very tidy-looking dial:

The pointer, which is however not luminous markers are very nice – a good decision as I find, since the pointer thus come across filigree and emit a very coherent image in combination with the dial:

Surely no coincidence and very nice to look at: the hour hand of the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 reminiscent of the Onion architecture, which can often be found in Russia, for example at the world famous St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, near the Kremlin:

Strap and buckle

I have experience unfortunately with many leather bracelets, that these are quite stiff and inflexible – even after extended wear. In this respect, the handmade in Germany leather bracelet the regulator R01 has surprised me: it is very soft and flexible and fits great to the arm. It is also nice that the spring pin is bent and therefore adapts to the body. The rather massive buckle completes the very good overall impression.

Technology: The movement

Alexander Shorokhoff regulator with which is equipped Russian hand-winding calibre Poljot 3105, which is considered very reliable: in the 70s sold the Swiss raw works manufacturer Valjoux (today part of the swatch group / ETA) due to the Quartz crisis his machines, which the chronograph movement 7734 was produced in the Soviet Union. There, the facilities were used to build the almost identical 3133 chronograph movement. The in the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 installed calibre 3105 in turn is a Variant of the caliber 3133 – only without the chronograph function. Meanwhile, the works produced by the Russian firm MakTime .

The biggest disadvantage of the work is certainly the missing date quick adjustment, i.e. typical pulling of the Crown to a “Centre” to adjust is completely missing the time: to set the date must be set first the clock to 12 o’clock, so that it jumps to the first time. Then back at 11 o’clock and again before is set to 12 o’clock, and so on – until the desired date. A quite Friemelei and definitely a very big Verrückte, especially for impatient people like me who also likes all 1-2 switch the clock days. Also too bad:, The movement has No stop seconds, making difficult the precise setting of the exact time.

Honorable mention I want but that the Alexander Shorokhoff is regulator R01 with a deviation of-3 seconds per day well regulated .

Box and contents

The regulator R01 comes in a very stylish box in piano black finish. Great: Inside also an handwritten measurement or quality assurance Protocol to the most important parameters of the clock (E.g. amplitude, water resistance etc.) is located next to a quick start guide. This underscores the in any case, that the clocks from Alzenau are mass-produced.

Regulator R01: Assessment and price

The regulator R01 marks the entry into the world of fancy watches of the brand Alexander Shorokhoff. As in actually all other watch brands which turns as well as Alexander Shorokhoff price spiral to above: on the BASELWORLD 2012 was the regulator R01 with €850 at the start. Now the model is €1099. The new versionRED regulatorthat 2016 was presented at Baselworld, even is just over €1200.

On the one hand, the price considering the quality (particularly housing and pointer) and unusual design is still fair. Including the intricately hand refined and gold-plated work is not normally found in the price class – can be called quite the unique selling proposition. Of course, one can also argue the regulator R01 not having much factory-chic decorated the everyday wear – for some variety of the little or not refined mechanical works which you otherwise as in the price class, but always provides this.

As above described two Missing comfort properties tarnish the pleasure to send work (stop seconds and date quick setting), what can quite annoying in everyday something on the other side however.

All in all is the Alexander Shorokhoff a regulator R01 highly recommended model for all the the find something. Who in the often prevailing pabulum of the Watch World (keyword: Dive Watches design) some variety looks and wants to stand out, which takes in the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 a model withgood value for money, which in the long run can bring joy.

Here are the main characteristics of the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 in the overview:

Work:

  • Movement-based: Russian hand-winding calibre 3105, regulator
  • refined, single bridge hand engraved

Housing:

  • Stainless steel, brushed with polished bezel
  • Ø 43.5 mm, H: 11.55 mm
  • Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflection coating (Interior)
  • 5 bar water resistance
  • Leather band
  • Sapphire glass back
  • Weight 94 g

Alternative to the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01

Normally I’m looking for whatever alternatives to the featured clocks in my reviews or news. Diver’s watches or the tested by me last LACO B pattern observation watch this is usually quite feasible. To find an alternative to the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 was not quite so easy. Under the keyword regulator can be found but a few alternatives, the overall appearance of clear simple come as the Alexander Shorokhoff but nevertheless the regulator–typical arrangement of pointer have regulator R01, although.

The nearest alternative comes from the Poljot International, where Mr Shorokhov is also the lead. The watches of the brand Poljot international are low-priced as the brand Alexander Shorokoff, the production but also takes place in Alzenau, Bavaria.

For about €770 Gets a visually the regulator R01 under model, which was also simply baptized regulator. Themade in Germany at the Poljot international regulator could also be package of 5 bar water resistance, sapphire glass and hand-wound movement.

Biggest difference to the Alexander Shorokhoff regulator R01 is certainly much simpler dropout finishing hand wound calibre, i.e. without elaborate engravings and grinding. Case processing, and in particular the hands are visible easier. All in all I would due to the not so great price difference personally Pack still prefer a few euros on it and to the Alexander Shorokhoff access regulator R01.

Also comes the 41 mm made in Germany from the cluster of watches in Glashütte, Saxony, Union Glashütte 1893 regulator, which by the Roman numerals and the blued hands rather Classic simply works. Also on board: A Swiss ETA 2899 self-winding and anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal, which the dial is even better.

With approximately €1800 is the Union Glashütte 1893 regulator but not a bargain…

Cheaper and with good Swiss madepackage is Hamilton Jazzmaster regulator with case diameter 42mm, Sapphire Crystal and Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement. The model is the price certainly not regulator R01, with just over € 800 is as fancy as the Alexander Shorokhoff but pretty fair.

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