Christophe Claret Margot

The Horology genius Christophe Claret unveils his first complication timepiece specifically developed for women. The high end watch manufacture established by Christophe Claret is renowned for its playful complication timepieces especially inspired from the poker and casino games.

This time to create his first ever playful horology masterpiece for women, Christophe Claret has selected “Il m’aime… il ne m’aime pas du tout” (He loves me… he loves me not), a game of French origin to predict about one’s love life. In this exceptional feminine timepiece, Christophe Claret has developed an enchantingly innovative complication that ‘picks petals’ on each questions of the game with the simple press of a button.

A beautiful expression of true love, the Margot features an ingenious mechanism that helps to ‘predict’ one of nature’s paramount questions: “Does he love me?” A simple press of the pusher at 2 o’clock brings the watch to life. With each press, a petal – sometimes a pair of petals, it is impossible to foresee – subtly disappears under the dial in a smooth action, perfectly depicting the delicate undressing of the flower. The eagerly-awaited answer appears at random in calligraphic letters (in French) on the dial at 4 o’clock: Un peu(a little) – beaucoup (a lot) – passionnément (passionately) – à la folie (madly) – pas du tout(not at all)?

At each press of the pusher, a distinct, crystalline chime resonates, aurally signalling the pace of the game. The striking mechanism is one of Manufacture Claret’s signature complications, blending technical mastery with sublime aesthetics, and here its hammer is adorned with a prong-set ruby. A case band window at 8 o’clock allows clear views of it vertically striking the cathedral gong above.

Pressing the reset pusher at 4 o’clock instantly makes all petals reappear around the pistil and turns the ‘sentiment’ display at 4 o’clock to an ellipsis. The petal display and its mechanism have been awarded a patent.

The dial exudes romantic femininity: At the whim of its iridescent reflections, the natural mother of pearl dial reveals delicately engraved verses penned by Victor Hugo, one of the standard bearers of the 19th century French Romantic movement. These excerpts are taken from the writer’s classic poem Unité, which features in his compendium Les Contemplations.

On the dial, three pear-shaped diamonds at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock poetically punctuate the scene. A pair of gold-tipped, steel hands – each delicately rounded by hand – glides over the 12 white, satin-lacquered titanium petals that tightly embrace the central citrine pistil, its multi-level corolla intensifying the three dimensionality of the dial’s landscape.

The feminine gold case with a curved profile suits for even the most slender of wrists. To soften her silhouette, Margot’s crown is hidden from view, placed on the back next to the top lugs. Margot features baguette diamonds or snow-set brilliant cut diamonds, depending on the model, with the gem-set lugs featuring different designs that complement the aesthetics of the jewels. Brilliant or baguette cut diamonds also bring a scintillating play of light around the bezel.

The display back reveals the automatic winding rotor, a delicately carved, flower shaped carrousel of colours symbolizing sentiments of love, with a central cabochon concealing the rotor’s ball bearings. Each one of the eight resplendent triangular precious stones denotes a feeling – hope, passion, tenderness…

Margot is available in four limited editions of 20 pieces each.

Movement
Calibre: EMT17, automatic-winding
Diameter: 38.4 mm; Height: 9.76 mm
Number of components: 731
Number of jewels: 95
Power reserve: 72 hours
Two barrels
Swiss lever Escapement
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)

Functions
– Hours and minutes
– “He loves me… he loves me not” (“Effeuiller la marguerite” in French)
– Symbolic ‘colour-feeling’on the winding rotor

Features
– 12 “He loves me…he loves me not” petals to ‘pick off’
– ‘Sentiment’ displayed in window at 5 o’clock: un peu (a little), beaucoup(a lot), passionnément(passionately), à la folie(madly) and pas du tout (not at all)
– Pusher at 2 o’clock ’picks off’ 1 or 2 petals while advancing the ‘Sentiment’ indicator by 1 sentiment
– Striking chime at each action of the 2 o’clock pusher with a visible hammer at 8 o’clock
“He loves me… loves me not” reset pusher at 4 o’clock:

All the petals instantly reappear around a pistil, while the ‘Sentiment’ displayed in the window at 5 o’clock turns to an ellipsis.

Margot, White gold baguette-set case, Blue mother of pearl dial

Case
Round
Dimensions: 42.50 X 50.15 X 14.52 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Material: White gold (palladium alloy), baguette-set 68 diamonds in total, 5.2 carats
Top lugs with feature hexagonal diamond
Hands in blued-steel with 3N yellow gold tips
Crown: White gold

Dial
Blue mother of pearl
White gold prong set with pear-shaped diamonds
Christophe Claret logo in white gold

Strap
White alligator leather
White gold prong set with pear-shaped diamond
Quick release mechanism
Clasp
White gold

Limited edition of 20 pieces
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 278,000

Margot, White gold snow-set case, Blue mother of pearl dial

Case
Round
Dimensions: 42.50 X 50.15 X 14.52 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Material: White gold (palladium alloy), 423 snow-set diamonds, approx. 3 carats
Hands in blued-steel with 3N yellow gold tips
Crown: White gold

Dial
Blue mother of pearl
White gold prong set with pear-shaped diamonds
Christophe Claret logo in white gold

Strap
White alligator leather
White gold prong with snow-set diamond
Quick release mechanism
Clasp: White gold

Limited edition of 20 pieces
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 198,000

Margot, Red gold baguette-set case, Pink mother of pearl dial
Case
Round
Dimensions: 42.50 X 50.15 X 14.52 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Material: 5N red gold, baguette-set 68 diamonds in total, 5.20 carats
Top lugs with feature hexagonal diamond
Hands in steel with 4N pink gold tips
Crown: 5N red gold

Dial
Pink mother of pearl
4N pink gold prong set with pear-shaped diamonds
Christophe Claret logo in 4N pink gold

Strap
White alligator leather
5N red gold prong set with pear-shaped diamond
Quick release mechanism
Clasp: 5N red gold

Limited edition of 20 pieces
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 278,000

Margot, Red gold snow-set case, Pink mother of pearl dial

Case
Round
Dimensions: 42.50 X 50.15 X 14.52 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Material: 5N red gold, 423 snow-set diamonds, approx. 3 carats
Hands in steel with 4N pink gold tips
Crown: 5N red gold

Dial
Pink mother of pearl
4N pink gold prong set with pear-shaped diamonds
Christophe Claret logo in 4N pink gold

Strap
White alligator leather
5N red gold prong with snow-set diamond
Quick release mechanism
Clasp: 5N red gold

Limited edition of 20 pieces
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 198,000

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