Christophe Claret is known for his sometimes whimsical approach to complications and for his pieces with repeaters – in fact, his first calibre was a minute repeater (1989). It is a brand on whose watches you can definitely see the influence of its founder.
Now, he has introduced a new watch with a striking mechanism called the Concertino, with a dragon (yes, more dragons) to show it off. The ‘Concertino’ name itself is an indicator, as are his other model names, of the importance of sound and indeed music, to his approach. Along with the time, this watch has hour, quarters and minutes repeaters ‘on demand’.
The Concertino is in a 45mm case (thickness of 12.9mm) in either 5N red gold or grade 5 titanium, and its dial is able to fully customised. In this instance, it happens to be dragons. The Concertino Dragon is not just a minute repeater, but it also shows enamelling, engraving, and guillochage in its decoration. The key, however, is a redesigned movement.
The manually-wound CRM89 movement is entirely redesigned, from the mainplate to the bridges and the new regulator for the minute repeater. It beats at 21,600 VPH and has a power reserve of 60 hours. It features “Charles X” skeletonised stepped bridges, a patented micrometric adjustment system, and a minute repeater with cathedral bells. The cathedral gongs go twice around the movement, and the two hammers can be seen through the open case back. In terms of finishing, the movement is in microblasted and rhodium-plated nickel silver for the Concertino in grade 5 titanium, and in 4N red gold plated for the 5N gold model.
The dial is customised – in the case of these two, they are hand-engraved dragons with ‘grand feu’ enamel. The grade 5 titanium model has an 8mm blue sapphire on the dial and the 5N red gold model, a Pigeon’s blod red ruby. Their hands are also either colour-matched.
Coming on alligator straps, each of these pièces unique have a price of CHF 378,000.
To read about the Claret Westminster Chime (including a bit of an explanation about what it is, plus some more about Christophe Claret), go to this post. To make enquiries, contact Christophe Claret via directly.
[Photo credit: Christophe Claret]