TIN­KER­ING WITH TIME

The Swiss watch­maker Christophe Claret used to cre­ate move­ments for other brands. To­day, his com­pany has come into its own.

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Christophe claret was 14 years old when he vis­ited the shop of a man who re­stored watches, set­ting the in­spi­ra­tion for what would be­come his life’s work. Five years later, Claret had grad­u­ated from the Geneva Watch­mak­ing School, af­ter which he worked at the knee of mas­ter Swiss watch­maker Roger Dubuis. Claret then worked from home, think­ing he’d spe­cial­ize in restor­ing an­tique time­pieces. ¶ But then peo­ple started ask­ing him to build com­pli­cated move­ments, the types of time­pieces that showed far more than just hours and min­utes. Claret got so good at it that he went on to build them for Harry Win­ston, Franck Muller and other top names, but never un­der his own moniker. It wasn’t un­til 20 years into his ca­reer that he pro­duced his own brand, DualTow, cel­e­brat­ing his com­pany’s an­niver­sary

in a way that an­nounced its new­found pres­ence. ¶ To­day, the Christophe Claret brand graces not only time­pieces but also some of the ma­chin­ery on which they are cre­ated. His Flash­cut Laser ma­chine, for in­stance, is a 16-axis CNC that took three years to de­sign and de­velop. ¶ Crafts­men use that ma­chine and more to make the four lines of watches that Christophe Claret now of­fers: Tra­di­tional, Ex­treme (the X-Trem-1 has a mag­netic field at its heart), Gaming and Ladies. The Gaming watches are up­scale play­things that take sim­ple fun and add mind-bend­ing depth and com­plex­ity. The Poker ver­sion, for in­stance, al­lows for a three-player game of Texas Hold ’em, with 98,304 com­bi­na­tions pos­si­ble so that each player has about the same chance of win­ning — all in­side a case less than 2 inches wide, with ti­ta­nium, gold and other fine fin­ishes avail­able.

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