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CHRISTOPHE Claret

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Watches -

FOUNDER AND Ceo of CHRISTOPHE Claret WATCH­MAK­ING PRODIGY Drawn to the in­tri­ca­cies and in­ner work­ings of a move­ment while ob­serv­ing a watch­mak­er­restorer for the first time, Christophe Claret, then 14, knew he was des­tined to be a watch­maker. He en­rolled at the Geneva Watch­mak­ing School and, af­ter grad­u­at­ing, fur­thered his knowl­edge un­der the tute­lage of master watch­maker Roger Dubuis. In 1987 he at­tracted the attention of Ulysse Nardin founder Rolf Sch­ny­der,

who com­mis­sioned him to pro­duce minute re­peaters. two years later he founded the Claret man­u­fac­ture in la Chaux-de­fonds, where he pro­duces calibres for other brands and, in­creas­ingly, com­pli­ca­tions that carry his own name.

DE­SIGN PHI­LOS­O­PHY Claret ad­heres to the tra­di­tions of watch­mak­ing, but uses these long tried and tested tech­niques to create ex­cep­tional and sur­pris­ing time­pieces. His watches are at the cut­ting edge of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion, of­ten of­fer­ing new in­ter­pre­ta­tions of clas­sic grand com­pli­ca­tions.

GAME MASTER at times play­ful and of­ten spec­tac­u­lar, Claret’s cre­ations are in­fused with the el­e­ments of dis­cov­ery, dis­ci­pline and in­tu­ition. Gam­ing com­pli­ca­tion watches are one of his ar­eas of ex­per­tise, and among his more mem­o­rable pieces are the poker, an au­tom­a­ton watch where the wearer can im­merse him­self in an ac­tual three­player game, and the Bac­cara, which fea­tures games of bac­carat, roulette and dice. From left: Christophe Claret; the Bac­cara watch; the Poker watch

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