Editor’s Note: Around a year ago we posted our detailed hands-on review of the Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde 2. Today we are happy to announce that the same timepiece is the “SILVER WINNER” at the NY Product Design Awards. For our other hands-on reviews, please head to the dedicated section here.
Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde 2 – Born To Win
The stunning Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde 2 wins the NY Product Design Awards Silver winner in the Watches – Wristwatches category. Besides a hearty congratulations to the brand, it is also particularly a pleasure for us given we are one of lucky 100 owners of this magnificent timepiece.
This success doesn’t come a s a surprise though; winning accolades is nothing new for the brand. Kandy Avantgarde 2’s predecessor, the Kandy Avantgarde (1) ref. AS.KD-AVG won the German Design Award 2019 and its successor the Kandy Avantgarde 3 ref. AS.KD-AVG-3 won the 3rd Place in the Trend Chrono Award. It was itself nominated in Category B of the Golden Balance Award 2021.
Basic Specifications of the Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde 2
The Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde 2 comes in the form of a 41 x 41mm shiny black PVD-coated stainless steel case with three side grooves filled with 18 carat yellow gold wires. Thanks to the short lugs, the timepiece actually wears quite well on even my slim ~16cm wrist.
Inside it beats the hand-engraved rotor bearing the caliber 2892.AS (derived from the trustworthy and highly reliable (and premium) namesake ETA movement).
The ETA calibre 2892-A2 by default is a 25.6mm diameter and 3.6mm thick movement that is comprised of 21 jewels, beats at the frequency of 4Hz (28’000 vph) and (normally) features a 42-hour power reserve. The AS mod sees the latter go up to roughly ~47-hours. It features an Incabloc anti-shock device, bi-directional winding and quick date setting.
Packing a lot of punch for its low price tag of only 3’290 Euro, the caliber 2892.AS used in the ref. AS.KD-AVG-2 most strikingly features a hand-engraved and refined rotor.
“It is our pleasure to inform you that your work “Kandy Avantgarde 2” is a symbol of excellence in the design industry. Therefore, we are honoured to recognise you as the NY Product Design Awards Silver winner in the Watches – Wristwatches category. On behalf of the NY Product Design Awards, we wholeheartedly congratulate you on your amazing achievement that makes you a celebrated company in the eyes of the world. We wish you that your brand continues to flourish in the industry and scales even greater heights in the near future”.NY Product Design Awards | International Awards Associate (IAA)
That’s All Folks!
It is watches such as the Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde 2 that make my profession of reviewing watches change lanes into almost a pleasant hobby. As a watch collector, reviewer and enthusiast, I come across numerous timepieces on a daily basis; but only a few have the power to remain embedded in memory.
Generic watch designs are dime a dozen; and especially in a world marred by virus and human crisis, it comes as a welcome breeze of fresh air when products such as this bring to one’s attention a sense of colour and life-affirming imagery. Horology can use more of the likes of Kandy Avantgarde 2 in its evolution.
To find out more about the Alexander Shorokhoff watches, please head to their website here.