Since the past few years, there has been an increasing awareness about this very special group of watchmakers. In the year 2016, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, one of the most coveted fairs for fine watchmaking, opened its doors to Independent watchmakers. At that time, it started the very first Carré des Horlogers, a collection of nine artisan-creators and independent workshops. Today, this idea has continued to blossom and take in more brands in the fold. It has the watch world looking and admiring this very authentic group.
“He loves me… He loves me not. Let’s find out…
Today, collectors are recognizing the importance and value of these creative brands. Slowly but surely the horological world is waking up to tap the purist and creative force that pervades their essence. Everything is about finding the perfect balance, and each Independent watchmaker is striving for his own sweet point, as the industry evolves. One such brand is Christophe Claret. Having created innovations and inventions for various luxury watch brands over the last 25 years, this one here is Claret’s own brand. Let dive into Margot – Christophe Claret’s first ladies’ watch complication.
This is not the first time that Christophe Claret has involved magic with Margot. Margot has a very special distinction attached to it. Way back in the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the watch achieved great recognition. After all, a bespoke watch with a complication especially designed for women is not something one sees every day in the watch world. But, Christophe Claret took on a simple action for Margot- the famed daisy-plucking and wondering “He loves me… He loves me not.”…a romantic notion transformed it into a technically complex complication. Margot is the wristwatch to play this game with. It is precious, and it is a specially designed complication for women!
Margot now wears a dark blue mother-of-pearl dial. The grain setting on its bezel and lugs uses stones of an intermediate size. Three pear-shaped diamonds indicating 3, 6 and 9 o’clock infuse the scene with a sense of poetry. The 12 petals in titanium and satin-brushed white lacquer embrace a natural pink sapphire pistil, swept over by a pair of blue-tipped stainless-steel hands delicately rounded by hand. The twin-layered corolla intensifies the depth effect of this eminently dainty dial. The final finishing touch is given by the velvet-touch blue alligator leather strap. Well, it’s almost like a second skin!
It is not only the look, but also the sound that entices. At each press of the pusher, a distinct, crystalline chime resonates, audibly signaling the pace of the game. The striking mechanism is one of manufacture claret’s signature complications. So, you know what to do when you want to play this musical game! The hammer is adorned with a prong-set ruby. A caseband window at 8 o’clock allows clear views of it vertically striking the cathedral gong above.
“He loves me… He loves me not. ”..…does it matter? We love the watch anyways!