With its sleek style and mechanical power, the new Maestro showcases an original take on the horological creativity of Christophe Claret.
A glass dome that provides a striking, almost dizzying view of the movement architecture and the famous Charles X bridges, a seven-day power reserve, a cone-shaped large date display and a 3D MEMO function – Christophe Claret’s first Haute Complication watch brings a fresh and youthful touch to the Traditional collection.
Christophe Claret Maestro
A case with pure lines that are both gentle and forceful coupled with an ultra-dynamic curving silhouette and a panoramic vantage point from which to admire the mechanism, Maestro sets the tone at first glance. The 42mm case – the smallest diameter in the Christophe Claret collections – asserts its style with a curvex shape that accentuates its trim design. While the choice of a glass dome to serve as a bezel provides a whole new perspective on the movement, the airy and graphic architecture is truly striking.
In line with previous models in the Traditional collection, Christophe Claret has taken great care on every detail and focused on ensuring an ideal match between technical and aesthetic aspects. The visual journey begins with the signature Charles X style stepped and skeletonised bridges. The skeleton-working of the bridge supporting the escapement is a clever blend of classicism and modernity. The balance-wheel with countersunk screws has been entirely developed and produced in-house. A natural ruby or a natural sapphire, depending on the version, adorns the mechanical assembly in order to conceal the shock-absorbing system.
A brand new function
As if to echo the 3D effect of the timepiece’s voluminous date display, another cone shape – also topped with a sapphire or ruby – draws the gaze to the space between 3 and 4 o’clock. 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. Whether it’s a cue to pay a daily compliment to a loved one or to meditate for ten minutes a day, the MEMO is there to remind you of his commitment.
Hand-finished according to the noblest Haute Horlogerie traditions, the Maestro reveals a level of finishing that few watch manufacturers can claim to master, such as the stepped Charles X style bridges featuring 26 interior angles. A sapphire crystal pane fitted on the back of the watch provides a chance to admire the meticulous movement decorations.
Maestro is available in 5N pink gold or grade 5 titanium and both versions are issued in 88-piece limited editions.