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Christophe Claret Maestro Watch | SIHH 2017

Marina Milojević | 01.09.17 | 03:08 PM

On the occasion of the SIHH 2017 exhibition, Christophe Claret unveils the highly complicated Maestro Watch, which sheds a new light on mechanical art.

The new Christophe Claret Maestro watch features a built-in reminder function called MEMO, which is a practical complication for absent-minded watch connoisseurs, as well as fans of gadgets and gizmos. MEMO is, simply, a mechanical reminder adorned with a sapphire or ruby (depending on the version), to remind the wearer of his commitment. It doesn’t make a noise, like an alarm function, but instead it acts as a visual reminder to the wearer. The stone is placed inside of the small cone at 4 o’clock, but the wear can set it to a certain time using the dedicated pusher. Once the objective has been completed, a press on the pusher pivots the MEMO function, and returns the stone it to its initial position.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch SIHH 2017

This technical, three-dimensional watch is offered in two variants: a warm-hued pink gold, or cool titanium. Case diameter is set to 42mm, while the thickness is about 16mm. The fully skeletonized dial is covered with a thick, domed sapphire, which flows from the edges of the case. One of the most noticeable features of this design is the lack of a bezel, which provides a new perspective on the movement.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch SIHH 2017

 The airy architecture of the mechanical hand-wound caliber is framed by the inner bezel ring with matt and polished finishing. The famous Charles X style stepped and skeletonized bridges, supporting the escapement, are made from the same material as the case, and are immediately noticeable from the dial-side of the watch. Located at 7 o’clock is a large balance-wheel with countersunk screws and a cylindrical balance-spring. A natural ruby or sapphire adorns the mechanism and conceals the shock-absorbing system. Two series-coupled barrels appear at 12 o’clock, while the unique date indicator appears at the 5 o’clock position. The date is indicated via two cone-shaped aluminum disks, one for the tens on the upper part and the second for the units, performing a semi-instantaneous jump between midnight and twenty past midnight.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch SIHH 2017

The movement, caliber DMC 16, is assembled from 342 individual components and 33 jewels. It offers up to seven days of power reserve, and is sealed against the ingress of water to 30 meters. In other words, it is suitable for everyday use, and resistant to occasional splashes and rain.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch SIHH 2016

Christophe Claret Maestro is available in 5N pink gold or grade 5 titanium and both versions are issued in 88-piece limited editions. The titanium version, reference MTR.DMC16.100-188, retails at $68,000 USD, while the version in pink gold, reference MTR.DMC16.000-088, is $76,000 USD. More information will soon be available at ChristopheClaret.com.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch SIHH 2017

Christophe Claret Maestro SIHH 2017

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