Christophe Claret Margot
The Margot is significant as it marks a step in a new direction for Christophe Claret with his very first ladies’ complicated watch, which is at once charming and technically complex. The complication specifically developed for women allows them to play an age-old petal-picking game of love by the simple push of a button. The story goes that during the Middle Ages, Île Saint-Louis in central Paris was a meadow filled with willows and poplars, making it the ideal location for lovers to take a stroll and discover their love for one another by picking petals off daisies while reciting, “He loves me… he loves me not.” While the English version is all or nothing, in French, the game offers a wider range of possibilities: he loves me a little, he loves me a lot, he loves me passionately, he loves me madly or he doesn’t love me at all. With each press of the pusher at two o’clock, one or two of the 12 white satin-lacquered titanium petals discreetly disappear in one fluid move under the natural mother-of-pearl dial engraved with Victor Hugo’s poetic verses, as if a petal has been plucked, and the answer to the question “Does he love me?” randomly appears in handwritten letters in French at the bottom of the dial. Additionally, a chime rings out with each press (the striking mechanism has been one of the manufacture’s signature complications ever since Claret introduced his first timepiece under his own label) – and a caseband window at eight o’clock shows off a ruby-set hammer striking a cathedral gong. Push the reset button at four o’clock and all petals instantly reappear around the pistil. The 731-component automatic movement with 72-hour power reserve and a flower-shaped rotor visible through the transparent caseback shares the same spirit as the brand’s gambling pieces for men introduced over the last few years, like the Poker watch, where chance is involved in the game. The Margot comes in four white and red gold limited editions of 20 pieces each.