CHRISTOPHE CLARET

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Mar­got

Mar­got is Christophe Claret’s first ladies’ watch com­pli­ca­tion. It fea­tures an in­ge­nious mech­a­nism that helps to ‘pre­dict’ – or at least tries to – one of na­ture’s para­mount ques­tions: “Does he love me?” A sim­ple press of the pusher at 2 o’clock brings the watch to life. With each press, a petal – some­times a pair of petals, sub­tly dis­ap­pears un­der the dial in a smooth ac­tion, per­fectly de­pict­ing the del­i­cate un­dress­ing of the flower. The ea­gerly-awaited an­swer ap­pears at random in cal­li­graphic let­ters (in French) on the dial at 4 o’clock: Un peu (a lit­tle) – beau­coup (a lot) – pas­sion­né­ment (pas­sion­ately) – à la folie (madly) – pas du tout (not at all)? At each press of the pusher, a dis­tinct, crys­talline chime res­onates, au­rally sig­nalling the pace of the game. The strik­ing mech­a­nism is one of Man­u­fac­ture Claret’s sig­na­ture com­pli­ca­tions, blend­ing tech­ni­cal mas­tery with sub­lime aes­thet­ics, and here its ham­mer is adorned with a prong-set ruby. A case­band win­dow at 8 o’clock al­lows clear views of it ver­ti­cally strik­ing the cathe­dral gong above. Mar­got blos­soms in four lim­ited edi­tions of 20 pieces each.

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