Christophe Claret created the horological equivalent of “tying a knot in your handkerchief” with a new 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 42mm wide case, this is the most wearable timepiece from the artisan watchmaker yet. And it comes with a relatively modest price tag of CHF68,000.
The Maestro is available in two case materials – grade 5 titanium or 5N pink gold with a curvex shape that accentuates its trim design. The most striking feature of the Maestro is the depth of the dial thanks to a domed bezel that accentuates the airy, graphic architecture. The dial has a minutes ring on the inner flange and a mix of matt and polished surfaces, as well as Christophe Claret’s characteristic two-tone, bi-material hands.
The brand’s signature Charles X style stepped and skeletonized bridges is used on the dial. The maison uses a specially developed aluminum balance wheel with countersunk screws produced in-house. Depending on the color scheme, a natural ruby or a sapphire conceals the shock-absorbing system. Two series coupled barrels are placed at 12 o’clock, the bridges skeletonized to provide a glimpse of the mainspring’s first barrel.
The 3D-architecture is best seen on the large date display used at 5 o’clock. Made out of two cone-shaped aluminum disks, 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 20 past midnight. The top is again set with a natural ruby or a natural sapphire depending on the material.
The Memo complication, an ingenious mechanical reminder, sits between 3 and 4. The memo adorned with a sapphire or ruby and a diamond – depending on the version – reminds the user of his commitment. Once the objective has been met, a simple press on the pusher moves the stone (ruby or sapphire) 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. Available in 5N pink gold or grade-5 titanium, and both versions are issued in 88-piece limited editions. The Maestro is a quirky complication presented in a striking, very wearable timepiece.
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