For its newest Maestro watch, Christophe Claret turns to the wild wild jungles of Africa for inspiration. And from within nature’s bounty, it selects the deadliest creature – the Mamba.
Snakes have always fascinated man. From the asp that killed Cleopatra to the cobras of Indian snake charmers, these reptiles have a crucial role to play in all cultures. Serpentine shapes and scales lend themselves very well for horological interpretations. But it takes courage on the part of the maison to get inspired by one of the world’s most dangerous snakes. Yes, Christophe Claret has challenged the limits of creativity by making the green Mamba part of its latest Maestro watch.
The Mamba is known as much for its colour as it is for its aggression. The serpent is known to spew venom on anyone who dares to go close enough. Its bite can deliver enough venom to kill 25 people. With such a dangerous creature as inspiration, you can be sure Christophe Claret’s creation is edgy and distinct.
Scaled to perfection
The Mamba derives its name from the blue-black hue of the inside of its mouth. In the Maestro Mamba, the movement features a matt black shade. The undulating hand-engraved body flaunts the tangy green brilliancy of its scales. Christophe Claret manages to combine the mystery of the serpent with the ferociousness of a Mamba. The end result is a threatening and disturbing vision enveloping the horological mechanism. The Maestro offers a spectacular view of the movement and the snake’s sinuous body. The overall construction is revealed through a multi-dimensional architecture.
Adding to the technical feats of this watch, the MEMO is an ingenious mechanical reminder. The watch is adorned with tsavorites whereas its skeletonised movement provides the perfect technical jungle for the Mamba. The watch has a patented large date display at 5 o’clock, while the Maestro’s characteristic MEMO function appears between 3 and 4 o’clock. The MEMO is there to remind the wearer of his commitments. Here’s how it works. In the initial position, a tsavorite appears at 6 o’clock on the side face of the MEMO, like the gem set at its top. Once the objective has been met, a simple press on the pusher at 2 o’clock pivots the MEMO function. It then displays a diamond on its side face at 6 o’clock, instead of the tsavorite. The MEMO will return to its initial position each night in a twenty-minute process driven by a semi-instantaneous jump system.
The watch comes in two new black PVD-treated titanium versions. One fitted with green Mamba and the other with orange Pantherophis snakeskin straps. These two 28-piece limited editions each retail at CHF 96,000.
With the infamous deadly serpent coiled in its heart, the Maestro Mamba provides a constant reminder of fate and the fragile nature of time.