Hands-On with the Christophe Claret Aventicum
August 28, 2015
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 numbered Roman Gaul racing chariots in full swing of a thrilling competition.
Aventicum is available in two limited editions: 68 pieces in 5N red gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium and 38 pieces in white gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium.