Christophe Claret Kantharos Watch Hands-On

Christophe Claret Kantharos Watch Hands-On

Christophe Claret Kantharos Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Without question, Christophe Claret produces some beautiful and engaging timepieces. Hands-on with the new for 2013 Kantharos just reinforces that. There is a certain magic to them that goes beyond the lusty appeal of traditional watches and into the heart-pounding "I want" of novel gadgets and tech toys. For me, that is really what Claret watches are - "mechanical tech toys." From the perspective of an onlooker who has never seen or handled these watches it is probably quite easy to either dismiss then as odd expensive designs, or something that merely looks good in pictures. Not true.

You don't need to love how they look. In fact sometimes I wonder if I like the idea of a timepiece that stares back at me - as the Kantharos does with its two owl-like eyes that service as the discs for the chronograph and seconds subdials. Nevertheless, heaps of impressive detailing make disliking these timepieces very difficult. When we debuted the Kantharos timepiece to the world back in April a few things were made clear. First, it is the lowest price Christophe Claret branded watch to date and seems to have a love affair with Tron (see the view in the other post).

Christophe Claret Kantharos Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Christophe Claret Kantharos Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Starting at around $100,000, the Kantharos is an intriguing combination of complications that we've never before seen together. In a sense, much of the novelty is merely about the fact that no one has decided to arrange these features together before. Claret himself probably sits down with a list of timepiece complications and decides what he wants to put into his next watch. Like a witch's cauldron, each new timepiece becomes a strange elixir whose effects are unknown. What is the net outcome of a automatic-winding monopusher chronograph with sonnerie-style pusher and constant force escapement? I don't rightly know - but I like it.

The magical mix of elements is really just part of what Christophe Claret is all about. Mixing in modern and science fiction themes is how he communicates to the world what he values and what inspires him. In his own worlds, his current journey as a watch maker is to marry the world of traditional watch making with the world of today in a way that somehow feels relevant. True enough, place a vintage Breuget next to your non-horologically inclined individual and they perhaps will barely notice it. Put something like a Christophe Claret Dual Tow, X-Trem-1, or Kantharos next to them and they will pick it up eager to inspect what marvel you've just placed before them. It's true, in today's mass luxury market landscape (there is such a thing), you need to be bold and classy to survive, lest you want to chase after a select group of nerdy watch lovers for the rest of your life.

Christophe Claret Kantharos Watch Hands-On Hands-On

  • Ulysses31
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      Ulysses31 lol

  • bichondaddy

    A very unique looking watch that would not appeal to everyone, but does appeal to me.  I love watches that do not look like the typical Rolex Submariner that most guys like….but that’s just me.

  • Lesthepom

    This is one of Claret’s most wearable watches of late not that I would leave one of his other creations in the safe but this one is so user friendly with those fantastic 3D hands I think you could read this one without you glasses on
    For such a complicated watch the face has lots of plane space on it making it even more legible
    I wonder how they have kept the price so low yes I sead low a 100 grand for a Claret is a bargain as most are in the mid to late 100’s
    No mention of limited edition may be this is how they have kept the price lower mass production may be they will make 100 instead of 10

  • Ryan B

    Could be a possible pick up line technique at the bar by telling women your watch also has a dong.

  • Kris C

    Can’t get enough of those ruby handsets. I’ve said it before and I’ll say iot again. And again, next time we take a look at a CC watch, because I have asked them to continue using them, and I’m pretty sure I have considerable pull in this industry.
    Ariel, did you fall down the stairs while wearing this? Whats up with the bezel in pic #1?

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