At SIHH 2017, Christophe Claret created the horological equivalent of “tying a knot in your handkerchief” with an ingenious memo complication in the new Maestro. With a striking glass dome that provides an eye-catching view of the movement architecture, a cone-shaped large date display and a 3D memo function and a 42 mm wide case, the Maestro was the most wearable timepiece from the artisan watchmaker yet.
This year, Christophe Claret introduced a limited-edition timepiece of this model inspired by one of the world’s most venomous snakes. In the Maestro Mamba, the sinuous body of a snake slithers around the open movement, over-and-under the hours and minutes hand, to the side of the MEMO function, and next to the balance spring.
The architecture of the Maestro makes perfect sense for a serpent to make its home. The movement uses the brand’s characteristic stepped and skeletonized Charles X bridges. A skeletonized barrel is also visible on the dial at 12 o’ clock. The strap is authentic Green Mamba skin, sourced from the African jungle, while the jewels are taken from the world’s largest tsavorite mine in Mozambique, where the owner of the mine had to hunt Mambas off his property.
The Memo complication, an ingenious mechanical reminder, sits between 3 and 4. The memo adorned with a green tsavorite stone and a diamond – reminds the user of his commitment. Once the objective has been met, a simple press on the pusher moves the green tsavorite stone 180 degrees away from the wearer. The stone moves back to its visible initial position each night in a 20-minute process driven by a semi-instantaneous jump system.
The 42-mm watch comes in two black PVD-treated titanium versions fitted with either green Mamba or orange Pantherophis — a non-venomous snake found in North and Central America — snakeskin straps. Both sets are limited to 28 total pieces and will sell for CHF96,000 (Approx $101,000).