Introducing The Christophe Claret Kantharos
June 4, 2013
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 the end of the power reserve.
The in-house automatic winding movement, caliber MBA13, runs at 3Hz, has a 48-hour power reserve, with 558 components, 75 of which are jewels. The main plate and bridges are anthracite rhodium-plated, with a white or pink gold gear, depending on the version. A sapphire bridge with gold chatons supports the constant force escapement at 6 o’clock. Functions include hours and minutes. Mono-pusher chronograph with a mechanical chime (patented cathedral gong), each time the function is changed (start, stop, reset). Constant-force mechanism visible at 6 o’clock on the dial side and underneath the sapphire bridge. Platinum automatic weight.
The case measures 45 mm by 15.83 mm and is available in a choice of materials: grade 5 titanium, black PVD grade 5 titanium, pink gold and white gold. Sapphire case back. Water-resistance is 30 meters. Black alligator leather strap with push button clasp matching the case material.