CHRISTOPHE CLARET

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The 42mm case, the small­est di­am­e­ter in the Christophe Claret col­lec­tions, as­serts its style with a curvex shape that ac­cen­tu­ates its trim de­sign. The choice of a glass dome to serve as a bezel pro­vides a whole new per­spec­tive on the move­ment. Christophe Claret never misses out on a chance to ex­press his cre­ative au­dac­ity through orig­i­nal dis­plays run­ning counter to tra­di­tional de­sign codes. The large date that the watch­maker has clev­erly placed at 5 o’clock, com­posed of two cones, one for the tens on the up­per part and the sec­ond for the units, this patented large date dis­play per­forms a semi-in­stan­ta­neous jump be­tween mid­night and twenty past mid­night. As if to echo the 3D ef­fect of this vo­lu­mi­nous date dis­play, an­other cone shape draws the gaze to the space be­tween 3 and 4 o’clock. Never one to stint on play­ful com­pli­ca­tions li­able to fire the imag­i­na­tion of watch con­nois­seurs, Christophe Claret unveils an­other brand-new func­tion. In­spired by the ex­pres­sion “tie a knot in your hand­ker­chief” to help one re­mem­ber some­thing im­por­tant, MEMO is an in­ge­nious me­chan­i­cal re­minder in­tended for ab­sent­minded in­di­vid­u­als as well as fans of tech­ni­cal gad­gets. At just 3.95mm thick, the Octo Finis­simo Tour­bil­lon Au­to­matic claims a new watch in­dus­try record for Bvl­gari’s mas­tery of the watch­mak­ing art. Work­ing on the ba­sis of the Finis­simo Tour­bil­lon move­ment launched in 2014, the new Cal­i­bre BVL 288 han­dles au­to­matic wind­ing via an in­no­va­tive and at­trac­tive pe­riph­eral os­cil­lat­ing weight po­si­tioned on the back of the move­ment. It is made of white gold and alu­minium, two met­als whose con­trast­ing den­sity en­ables the cir­cu­lar weight to os­cil­late in a par­tic­u­larly reg­u­lar man­ner. The move­ment also in­cor­po­rates a fly­ing tour­bil­lon equipped with a ball­bear­ing sys­tem con­tribut­ing to the re­duced thick­ness. Mea­sur­ing just 1.95mm thick and en­dowed with a 52-hour power re­serve, Cal­i­bre BVL 288 Finis­simo is housed in a sand­blasted ti­ta­nium case re­veal­ing the en­tirely open­worked skele­ton move­ment dis­play­ing all its in­ter­nal or­gans. Octo Finis­simo Au­to­matic Tour­bil­lon also in­di­cates the hours, min­utes and small sec­onds. An open­ing on the back of the watch, de­pict­ing the stylised mo­tif adorn­ing the en­trance of the bou­tique on the Via Con­dotti in Rome, pro­vides a chance to ad­mire both the tour­bil­lon and the os­cil­lat­ing weight in ac­tion.

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