Christophe Claret Margot

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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.

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