The Maestro Mamba is a new version of the Maestro that was introduced last year by Christophe Claret.
This new version has a titanium case that measures the same 42 mm x 16.06 mm, topped with a massively domed sapphire crystal, and powered by the same hand-wound movement which beats at 3Hz, has 346 components, 33 jewels, and 168-hours (thanks to two series-coupled barrels). Distinguished by Charles X stepped and skeletonized bridges, with 26 interior angles, a signature of Christophe Claret, the movement is now matte black which makes the green or orange hand-engraved mamba snake body that is coiled around the movement really stand out.
Like last year’s Maestro model this one has a memo function that allows the wearer to press a pusher that in turn rotates the cone located between 3 and 4 o’clock, as a reminder to do something. The idea is inspired by the expression “tie a knot in your handkerchief” to help one remember something important.
Interestingly, for the green version, the strap is crafted from authentic green Mamba skin. According to Christophe Claret, “an obstinate quest led him to Mozambique, where the Mamba was hunted on land belonging to the owner of the largest tsavorite mine – which is why the watchmaker chose these gems to adorn the Maestro Mamba.”
The Maestro Mamba comes with either a green Mamba or orange Pantherophis snakeskin strap. The “Memo” function between 3 and 4 o’clock is adorned with a tsavorite (for the Mamba version) or a sapphire (for the Pantherophis version) and a diamond, which is used as the reminder. These two 28-piece limited editions each retail at CHF 96,000.