After the huge success of its DualTow timepiece ( A single-pusher planetary-gear chronograph with striking mechanism and tourbillon), which is introduced in 2009, Swiss watch manufacture Christophe Claret now presents Adagio, the second model from the brand.
The brand new timepiece Adagio is a Minute Repeater Complication, which definitively establishes Christophe Claret among the most prestigious names in Swiss watchmaking. A compendium of the skills cultivated by the Manufacture Christophe Claret – a famous movement-maker under the same name – this minute repeater, large date and GMT model also heralds further surprises to be unveiled at Baselworld 2011.
An exceptional demonstration of the know-how of the Christophe Claret movement manufacturer, the DualTow watch released in 2009 set the crowning touch to twenty years of passion and innovation in the service of the most prestigious brands. Created as an anniversary model – in a range of 68 different and thus unique models – this single-pusher planetary-gear chronograph with striking mechanism and tourbillon was to experience a swift change of destiny.
By revealing his watchmaking talents to the public at large, Christophe Claret was unexpectedly propelled to the centre of the watch industry stage. Hailed by collectors and connoisseurs the world over who recognised his distinctive “signature”, this model generated a desire for more, which is the driving force behind any new creations.
Now firmly in the spotlight and acknowledged as a creator of complete watches and not only watch movements, Christophe Claret simultaneously triggered a phenomenon with which virtuosos are well acquainted but which he had not anticipated: the hope to see him “play it again”. Faced with the eager anticipation expressed by his admirers, the decision to officially establish the Christophe Claret brand was the obvious next step. The DualTow thus switched status from “anniversary creation” to founding model.
Like a builder pursuing a single-minded mission, firmly establishing its name among the ranks of fine watchmaking brands, Christophe Claret is now presenting its second collection, named Adagio. A classic model giving pride of place to watchmaking traditions in terms of both its mechanism and its exterior, this exceptional watch is equipped with Calibre SLB88, naturally created entirely in house and composed of 455 parts.
The Adagio features central hour and minute hands, small seconds at 9 o’clock in a window or subdial, depending on the versions; along with a large date at 6 o’clock and a dual time-zone (hours and minutes) display complete with day/night indication in a subdial at 2 o’clock.
In tribute to his Manufacture’s first calibre introduced over 20 years ago, Christophe Claret wanted to equip this timepiece with a minute repeater, a particularly intricate fine watchmaking complication that has become one of the great specialties of the Manufacture.
Striking the hours, quarters and minutes on demand, the “cathedral gongs” of the striking mechanism are fitted with a patented device preventing them from knocking against each other when they vibrate under the hammer blows. The equally patented large date display features an unprecedented construction. This 34 mm-diameter movement is adorned with finely decorated bridges and endowed with a 48-hour power reserve. The crown is also equipped with a security system: when the mainspring is fully wound, a mechanism disconnects the winding stem so as to avoid any potential damage due to excessive tension.
The Adagio is available in three colours – rose gold, white gold or platinum – the 44 mm case is water resistant to 30 metres. It is fitted with two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock to adjust the large date and dual time-zone displays, as well as a slide-piece controlling the striking mechanism at 9 o’clock.
Meanwhile, the dial comes in a choice of three versions. The first highlights the ancestral art of guillochéwork or engine-turning on gold – white gold in this particular case – elegantly enhanced by the blued hour, minute, seconds, and dual time-zone hands. The second is adorned with gemstones such as black onyx, ruby, jade, opal or lapis lazuli.
And finally, the third features a rhodiumed anthracite gold base punctuated by stamped dials, creating a three-dimensional effect. All models are supplied with an alligator leather strap and issued in limited edition of eight per dial and case version. Suggested retail price for Christophe Claret Adagio is CHF 268,000.- for the rose gold/white gold versions and CHF 318,000.- for the platinum version.
Model: Christophe Claret Adagio minute repeater, large date and GMT
Calibre SLB88 by Christophe Claret
Diameter: 34 mm
Number of parts: 455
Number of jewels: 46
Power reserve: approx. 48 hours
The Adagio watch with hour, quarter and minute repeater, large date and GMT indicates:
• Central hours and minutes, seconds at 9 o’clock in a dial or through a window
• The large date at 6 o’clock
• The time in a second time-zone with day/night indication in a subdial at 2 o’clock and strikes on demand (cathedral chime)
• Hours (low-pitched tone)
• Quarter-hours (alternating low- and high-pitched tones)
• Minutes (high-pitched tone)
Case, Dial & Strap
Case: available in 18K white gold, rose gold or platinum
Diameter: 44 mm
Water resistance of the case: 30 m (3 ATM)
Dial: 3 versions: hand-guilloché; gemstone (lapis lazuli, black onyx, ruby, jade, opal..); or rhodiumed anthracite gold.
Strap: alligator leather
Number of watches: limited edition of eight per dial and case version
Retail price in Swiss francs:
CHF 268,000.- for the rose gold and white gold versions
CHF 318,000.- for the platinum version