Christophe Claret Maestro Mamba Limited Edition

In this highly exclusive edition of the Maestro timepiece, Christophe Claret placed a meticulously hand-engraved sculpture of a dangerous snake that guards the complex horological movement. The guard is none other than mamba, one of the world’s most aggressive and deadliest snakes.

Wrapped around the movement, its undulating hand-engraved body creates a powerful contrast between the tangy green brilliancy of its scales and the matt black shade of the movement. Surging from the intricacies of the movement, between the hours and minutes hands, the MEMO function indicator and the sprung balance, the Mamba defies all challengers with its piercing eyes.

The watch come with a strap in authentic green Mamba skin sourced from Mozambique, where the Mamba was hunted on land belonging to the owner of the largest tsavorite mine.

Following the model unveiled in 2017 and infusing a new dynamic into the Tradition collection, the Maestro Mamba appeals through both its shape and its proportions, including the pure and powerful lines of its 42 mm black PVD-treated titanium case topped by an impressive sapphire crystal dome. The Maestro offers a spectacular view of the movement and the snake’s sinuous body, which may be admired from every angle and along every sleek scale.

The overall construction is revealed through a multi-dimensional architecture. Like all timepieces by Christophe Claret, the Maestro showcases a wealth of details mingling technical and aesthetic elements in an exceptionally coherent manner. Brand enthusiasts will recognize the watchmaker’s inimitable touch in the famous Charles X stepped and skeletonized bridges – with 26 interior angles – that have become a signature of the Maison. The skeleton-working of the bridge supporting the escapement represents a clever blend of classicism and modernity that affords a chance to appreciate all its subtle features.

Majestically positioned at 12 o’clock, two series-coupled barrels ensure optimal efficiency. Here too, the bridges are skeletonized to provide an exemplary view of the blade spring of the first barrel and thus enable the wearer of the watch to gauge the state of the seven-day power reserve.

The patented large date display at 5 o’clock, composed of two cones – one for the tens on the upper part and the second for the units – performs a semi-instantaneous jump between midnight and twenty past midnight. As if to echo the 3D effect of this voluminous date display, the Maestro’s characteristic MEMO function appears between 3 and 4 o’clock.

The MEMO is an ingenious mechanical reminder intended for absent-minded individuals as well as fans of technical gadgets. Whatever daily objective the owner of the Maestro has set himself, the MEMO is there to remind him of his commitments. In the initial position, meaning when the owner must do something, 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, which will display 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 highly complex Maestro watches come in two new black PVD-treated titanium versions respectively fitted with green Mamba and orange Pantherophis snakeskin straps. These two 28-piece limited editions each retail at CHF 96,000.

Technical details
Model: Maestro Mamba

Movement
Caliber: DMC16, mechanical hand-wound
Diameter: 36.25 mm
Thickness: 10.50 mm (without the hands)
Number of components: 346
Number of jewels: 33
Power reserve: 7 days (approx. 168 hours)

Escapement
– Swiss lever escapement
– Balance-wheel with countersunk screws
– Balance-wheel oscillation frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 vph)

Aesthetic features
– Stepped and skeletonized Charles X style bridges
– Skeletonized barrel
-26 interior angles

Functions
Pointer-type display of the hours and minutes
Pyramid-shaped large date display at 5 o’clock, with tens on the upper cone and units on the lower cone
MEMO function between 3 and 4 o’clock: cone shape adorned with a tsavorite (for the Mamba version) or a sapphire (for the Pantherophis version) and a diamond serving to remind the wearer of a commitment

Case
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 16.06 mm
Water resistance: 30 m (3 ATM)

References
Reference: MTR.DMC16.230-258 MAMBA

  • Case: Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium
  • Hands: Black chrome-plated, green-lacquered sapphire with Super-LumiNova®
  • Snake: 4N pink gold, SpectraCoatTM green
  • Crown: Black PVD-treated stainless steel, with cabochon-cut tsavorite
  • Strap: Green Mamba snakeskin
  • Limited series: 28
  • Price excluding tax in Swiss francs: CHF 96,000.-

Reference: MTR.DMC16.260-288 PANTHEROPHIS

  • Case: Black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium
  • Hands: Black chrome-plated, orange-lacquered sapphire with Super-LumiNova®
  • Snake: 4N pink gold, hand-painted (orange)
  • Crown: Black PVD-treated stainless steel, with cabochon-cut orange sapphire
  • Strap: Orange Pantherophis snakeskin
  • Limited series: 28
  • Price excluding tax in Swiss francs: CHF 96,000.-

 

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