Christophe Claret - Christophe Claret , Maestro
Christophe Claret - Christophe Claret , Maestro

Christophe Claret , Maestro

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Christophe Claret , Maestro

The 42mm case – the smallest diameter in the Christophe Claret collections – in grade 5 titanium or 5N pink gold asserts its style with a curvex shape that accentuates its trim design. The choice of a glass dome to serve as a bezel provides a whole new perspective on the movement. 
Christophe Claret is a natural-born anti-conformist who never misses out on a chance to express his creative audacity through original displays running counter to traditional design codes. Witness the large date that the watchmaker has cleverly placed at 5 o’clock. Composed of two cone-shaped aluminum disks, one for the tens on the upper part and the second for the units, this patented large date display performs a semi-instantaneous jump between midnight and twenty past midnight. 
As if to echo the 3D effect of this voluminous date display, another cone shape – topped with a sapphire or ruby – draws the gaze to the space between 3 and 4 o’clock. Never one to stint on playful complications liable to fire the imagination of watch connoisseurs, Christophe Claret unveils here another brand-new function. Inspired by the expression “tie a knot in your handkerchief” to help one remember something important, MEMO is an ingenious mechanical reminder intended for absent-minded individuals as well as fans of technical gadgets. 
Maestro is available in 5N pink gold or grade 5 titanium and both versions are issued in 88-piece limited editions.

Technical specifications

Caliber: DMC16, mechanical hand-wound 
Diameter: 36.25 mm
Thickness: 10.50 mm (without the hands)
Number of components: 342
Number of jewels: 33
Power reserve: 7 days (approx. 168 hours)
Swiss lever escapement
Balance-wheel with countersunk screws
Balance-wheel oscillation frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph))
Aesthetic features:
Stepped and skeletonized Charles X style bridges
Skeletonized barrel and ratchet-wheel
Pointer-type display of the hours and minutes
Pyramid-shaped large date display at 5 o’clock, with tens on the upper disk and units on the lower disk
MEMO function between 3 and 4 o’clock: cone shape adorned with a sapphire, ruby or diamond, serving to remind the wearer of a commitment
Case : 
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 16.06 mm
Water resistance: 30 m (3 ATM)
Reference: MTR.DMC16.000-088 
Case: 5N pink gold
Hands: Black chrome-plated and red anodized aluminum with Super-Luminova 
Crown: 5N pink gold 
Strap: Black alligator leather with black stitching
Limited edition of 88 pieces

Who's who

Both arrived in watchmaking at about the same time, both tend to take the roads less travelled, both take care to cultivate their distinctiveness – and yet they had never worked together. It has taken Christophe Claret and Laurent Picciotto, unrepentant outsiders in the new wave of watchmaking, twenty years to find each other.

I'd already noticed his creations when he was still working for other brands, all powered by Claret movements,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. “His name would keep cropping up – and always in conjunction with top-level grandes complications.” Gradually, the Claret name established itself and high-flying watches arrived in quick succession, until the Claret name finally became a brand in its own right.

The two brands now complement one another perfectly. Chronopassion is just the right match for the watchmaker, whose creations are as extravagant as he himself is discreet, providing its unrivalled experience in unconventional watches and worldwide renown. The arrival of Christophe Claret at rue Saint-Honoré marks the logical outcome for two independents; champions whose paths meet at the summit. “Claret is so outstanding that collaboration was inevitable,” explains Laurent Picciotto.

From the first sapphire bridges by Claret (“twenty years ahead of their time,” notes Picciotto) to the recent X-Trem-1 and Margot, the master watchmaker from Le Locle has woven a path that successfully combines fun with technical skill and creativity to produce pure poetry. “For me, the Margot is a best-seller: a watch which makes you want to play and that’s also redolent with emotion,” explains Laurent Picciotto. “When you place it on the table, it generates the same reaction as the X-Trem-1: a ‘wow’ effect; the thrill of discovering an outstanding object, so perfected that it’s irresistible.”

Little wonder, then, that Claret’s place at Chronopassion is so natural. It’s that of a coherent brand which has reached full maturity. The watchmaker’s creations can’t even really be termed “complicated” any more; they go much further than that. They explore unknown territory, pushing back the technical and creative boundaries of watchmaking – as do all those selected by Chronopassion. 

Journalist : Olivier Müller

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