Christophe Claret’s

Christophe Claret ex­pands his en­chant­ing gar­den of flo­rae.

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Mar­guerite

Mar­guerite Still in its bud­ding phase, Christophe Claret’s women’s watches only came to light last year when the watch­maker re­leased its first – the Margot, which cap­tured many hearts due to its light­hearted na­ture, and drew to at­ten­tion, once again, Claret’s pre­vail­ing pen­chant for fun, in­ter­ac­tive move­ments. The Mar­guerite is another off­shoot of Claret’s gar­den of bloom­ing me­chan­i­cal de­lights that un­der­lines his imag­i­na­tion and savoir-faire. Sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor, the Mar­guerite fea­tures a daisy with white lac­quered petals at the cen­ter, and in­stead of stan­dard hour and minute hands, we see two del­i­cate but­ter­flies in flight, grace­fully cir­cling the dial. As we could have prob­a­bly guessed from the Margot, Claret con­tin­ued the whimsy and al­lure with another ro­man­tic vis­ual in­di­ca­tion. There is a geo­met­ric mo­tif where the Ara­bic nu­mer­als for 3, 6 and 9 are, but with a press of the pusher at 2 o’clock, these num­bers mys­te­ri­ously van­ish in place of the phrase “il m’aime pas­sion­né­ment” (he loves me pas­sion­ately), which mag­i­cally ap­pears be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing once the pusher is re­leased. This charm­ing magic show is made pos­si­ble thanks to two su­per­im­posed discs – the bot­tom is made of mother-of-pearl fea­tur­ing printed blue and black var­nished mo­saic in­clud­ing text and num­bers, and re­mains fixed while the top trans­par­ent sap­phire disc ro­tates over it with a mo­saic of trans­par­ent squares. The Mar­guerite comes in ei­ther a white or rose gold case mea­sur­ing 42.50mm, and dec­o­rated in two newly de­vel­oped set­tings; the “flake” is a mod­ern and so­phis­ti­cated ver­sion of the snowset­ting tech­nique, and here we see no less than 100 di­a­monds del­i­cately sprin­kled across the bezel and lugs. The “cham­pagne” set­ting on the other hand, fea­tures 100 di­a­monds of vary­ing sizes that mimic the light and airy na­ture of cham­pagne bub­bles. A self-wind­ing man­u­fac­ture move­ment boasts a dou­ble bar­rel and an im­pres­sive 72-hour power re­serve. The sap­phire case back al­lows us to ad­mire the os­cil­lat­ing weight that is sculpted into the shape of a daisy and set with eight vi­brant ru­bies. A nod to the Margot, the wearer can take part in the “he loves me, he loves me not” game by lay­ing the piece hor­i­zon­tally and mov­ing it slightly, dur­ing which the os­cil­lat­ing weight turns. It halts af­ter a few sec­onds, when the ruby clos­est to the red-lac­quered heart pro­vides you with a re­sponse – “yes” or “no.” At­ten­tion to de­tail is be­com­ing a trade­mark of Claret’s, and is demon­strated with the Mar­guerite’s many ref­er­ences to the daisy; for in­stance at the cen­ter of the os­cil­lat­ing weight, a flower-shaped cir­cu­lar satin-brushed and di­a­mond-pol­ished el­e­ment serves to hide the ball-bear­ing mech­a­nism. It is also seen in the petal-like fluted mo­tif, as well as the flower-shaped screws used to at­tach the strap.

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