CHRISTOPHE CLARET

BORN IN LYON,

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WATCH­MAK­ING MIND BACK­GROUND

FRANCE, IN 1962, CHRISTOPHE CLARET STUD­IED AT THE GENEVA SCHOOL OF WATCH­MAK­ING AND COUNTS ROGER DUBUIS AND ROLF SCH­NY­DER—THEM­SELVES FOUNDERS OF THEIR OWN WATCH­MAK­ING COM­PA­NIES—AS AMONG HIS CON­TEM­PO­RARIES AND PEERS. CLARET’S EARLY WATCH­MAK­ING YEARS WERE SPENT RESTOR­ING AN­TIQUE TIME­PIECES, DE­VEL­OP­ING A DEEP UN­DER­STAND­ING OF THE WORK­INGS OF A MOVE­MENT. THE YEAR 1987 WAS A TURN­ING POINT, AS SCH­NY­DER—WHO BY THEN HAD FOUNDED ULYSSE NARDIN—WAS SO IM­PRESSED BY CLARET’S WORK THAT HE OR­DERED 20 OF HIS CAL­I­BRES. CLARET ES­TAB­LISHED HIS COM­PANY IN LA CHAUX-DE-FONDS TWO YEARS LATER, AND SOON HIS NAME WAS SYN­ONY­MOUS WITH HIGHLY COM­PLI­CATED, SO­PHIS­TI­CATED AND IN­VEN­TIVE MOVE­MENTS.

BRAND PHI­LOS­O­PHY

THAT IN WATCH­MAK­ING, “EV­ERY­THING HAS AL­READY BEEN DONE, AND

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