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Hands-On with the Christophe Claret Aventicum

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Christophe Claret, who has always been intrigued by the history of Aventicum, which was the capital of Roman Helvetia for more than 300 years and the ruins which are near the Swiss town on Avenches, decided to create a watch as an homage to this piece of history. The Aventicum features a micro-engraved gold replica of the Marcus Aurelius bust (who was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180) is in the center of the dial. The small-scale representation of the Emperor – measuring less than three millimetres – is displayed in magnified form by an invention called the mirascope. When viewed from the right angle, it gives the appearance of a 3D bust of Marcus Aurelius popping out of the dial. On the back side is a patented transparent sapphire-winding rotor of the automatic movement that is embellished with five

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Christophe Claret Allegro Hands-On

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Following the Adagio, Soprano, and Maestroso – Christophe Claret recently unveiled their latest musical timepiece, the Allegro. Featuring the same Charles X Style bridges (three skeletonized bridges surrounding the balance) as seen on the Soprano and Maestroso, the Allegro movement utilizes a new in-house escapement. Further, the regulator controlling the timing of the chimes is now a quieter inertia type, and Allegro’s mostly titanium case offers excellent acoustic tones and volume. Functionally, the Allegro has a minute repeater with Cathedral gongs, GMT, big date, small seconds and day/night indicator. Visually, the case measures 45 mm in diameter by 14 mm thick and comes in titanium with either red or white gold accents. A smoked sapphire dial reveals the striking mechanism, which consists of extra-long Cathedral gongs that produce a deeper sound that traditional gongs, a design that has been patented.

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Three new timepieces from Christophe Claret

X-Trem 1 First presented in 2012 (which we covered here), the X-TREM-1 uses two tiny stainless steel spheres that are isolated in sapphire tubes, and suspended by magnets to display hours and minutes. For 2015, the XTREM-1 is now available in a special white gold and grade 5 titanium case that is treated with slate blue PVD, and presented with a matching marine blue alligator strap. Limited to 8 pieces. Aventicum Christophe Claret, the founder of Christophe Claret the watch brand, has always been intrigued by the history of Aventicum, which was the capital of Roman Helvetia for more than 300 years and the ruins of which are near the modern day Swiss town of Avenches. According to Christophe Claret, “Among the excavated objects was a priceless finding: a solid gold bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, which was found in

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New Christophe Claret collection X-TREM-1 in red gold and chocolate PVD titanium

Christophe Claret recently introduced a new chocolate version of their X-Trem-1 timepiece. It features a red gold (5N) and grade 5 titanium case treated with chocolate-colored PVD, and is paired with a brown alligator leather strap.

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VIDEO: The Margot by Christophe Claret

Last month, Christophe Claret unveiled their first ladies’ complication timepiece at Baselworld. The Margot, which was designed and manufactured in-house, features a mechanism that is supposed to predict one of the paramount questions that presumably every woman has in life: “Does he love me?” In the video, Alexandra Beurier of Christophe Claret demonstrates the unique features of the Margot timepiece.

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Introducing the Christophe Claret Maestroso

Last week at Baselworld 2014, Christophe Claret introduced their newest creation, the Maestroso, a wristwatch that is regulated by a detent escapement instead of the commonly used lever escapement seen in most wristwatches today. Historically, the detent escapement was most commonly used for marine chronometers, which needed to be very accurate in order to calculate longitude while at sea.

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Christophe Claret Baselworld Teasers

At Baselworld later this month, Christophe Claret will release a new men’s Maestroso timepiece (pictured above) with a traditional detent escapement. For reference most modern timepieces use a lever escapement. Christophe Claret will also launch their first ladies’ timepiece, called the Margo (movement pictured below).

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Introducing The Christophe Claret Kantharos

This is a hands-on look at manufacture Christophe Claret’s new Kantharos mono-pusher chronograph with striking mechanism and constant force escapement. The automatic-winding chronograph’s cathedral gong audibly chimes with each change of function: start, stop and reset. A constant force escapement, visible at 6 o’clock on the dial, ensures the energy delivered to the escapement remains constant from beginning to end of the power reserve.

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Christophe Claret Kantharos Video

Introducing the new Christophe Claret Kantharos, featuring a monopusher chronograph that has a striking on cathedral gong, a constant force mechanism and a fully integrated automatic movement. Each time the single chronograph pusher is depressed for start/stop/reset functions, the cathedral gong sounds once. The 75 jewel haute horology movement is housed in a 45 mm diameter case, in either gold or titanium, and is visible through the open case back. Additionally, the constant force mechanism is visible at 6 o’clock under a sapphire bridge. Power reserve is 48-hours. Retail is CHF 96,000 to 118,000.

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First Look: Christophe Claret Kantharos

This is a first look at the new Christophe Claret Kantharos. It features a mono-pusher chronograph with constant force mechanism, and more. The Kantharos will be officially launched in Basel, Switzerland next week at the world’s largest watch trade show — Baselworld.

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