Christophe Claret expands his enchanting garden of florae.
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.