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Born to a Finnish family of designers, Stepan Sarpaneva shows signs of wanting to become a watch-maker at a very early age. He works with several Swiss brands before launching his own. His meeting with James Thomson, inventor of a revolutionary luminescent material is decisive. The collaboration of these two men gives rise to the famous Northern Lights. All the Sarpaneva watches are designed and manufactured by hand.

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Birth of Stepan Sarpaneva.


Stepan Sarpaneva sets up on his own.


Creation of the Sarpaneva brand, right in the heart of Helsinki. Here the watch-maker works on his first creations.


Stepan Sarpaneva is inspired by Scandinavian tales - notably the legend of Näkki - for his creation of a diving watch: the Korona K0.