Christophe Claret Maestro Watch

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

Christophe Claret is surely one of the most inventive and daring watchmakers in the business today. There are so many examples of his incredible work. One of the most recent is the Christophe Claret Margot watch, a highly complicated women’s watch with a whimsical “he loves me, he loves me not” complication. And of course, there’s the amazing X-TREM-1 watch, which defies all rules of watchmaking by using magnets within the movement to tell time. For 2017, we have the new Maestro watch, so let us tell you all that's going on with this watch. Also, be sure not to confuse the 2017 Christophe Claret Maestro with the very similar in name and style Christophe Claret Maestoso from 2014 (aBlogtoWatch hands-on here).

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

The Maestro watch will come in two variants - in a grade 5 titanium case or in a 5N pink gold case. Case diameter is 42mm, while the thickness measures about 16mm, which means the Christophe Claret Maestro has very sensible dimensions that are neither too bulky or too petite. Water resistance is just 30m, so wearers will have to be wary of their watches around water. Note that this is a smaller average case size than the roughly 44mm wide diameter of most round Christophe Claret watches that we've seen in the past.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

But what’s really eye-catching and unique about the Christophe Claret Maestro’s case design is the lack of a bezel. Instead, a large domed sapphire crystal extends from the edges of the case that accentuates the size of the skeletonized dial and makes it look larger than it actually is. That’s a good thing, however, because it better allows wearers to admire the inner mechanics of the movement within.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

Powering the watch is the caliber DMC16, a hand-wound movement with 342 components and a power reserve of 168 hours, or seven days. On the dial, the skeletonized and stepped “Charles X style” bridges are immediately visible, which give the dial a great sense of depth. The bridges are constructed using the same materials as the case for a harmonious look and are masterfully beveled and finished.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

At 7 o’clock, there’s a large balance wheel with countersunk screws and a cylindrical balance-spring, all of which are developed and produced in-house. The DMC16 beats at a leisurely 3Hz, which makes it easier for wearers to appreciate the swinging motions of the balance wheel. An interesting detail is the single natural ruby or sapphire that is used in the assembly to conceal the shock-absorbing system. Ruby is used for the pink gold version of the Maestro, while sapphire is used for the titanium version.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

To the right, at the 5 o’clock position, is the Christophe Claret Maestro’s unique take on the date complication. In this watch, the date is shown using two conical aluminum discs, with the tens shown on the top disc and the ones on the bottom disc. And again, depending on the case material, the top of the cone is adorned with either a single natural ruby or natural sapphire.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

Finally, just above the date is a new complication that Christophe Claret calls the MEMO. It is a pretty practical complication that reminds wearers of things that he or she needs to do. It consists of another conical disc adorned also with either a single natural ruby or natural sapphire at the top and a triangular diamond in the middle. Once activated, the disc spins the diamond into view to remind wearers of whatever it is that they set out to do. Once the goal is met, the wearer can activate the pusher to reset the MEMO complication.

Christophe Claret Maestro Watch Watch Releases

All in all, the new Christophe Claret Maestro reinforces the brand’s position as one of the most inventive and whimsical haute horology brands, and we can’t wait to see the watch in the flesh at SIHH 2017. The Christophe Claret Maestro is available in Grade 5 titanium and 5N pink gold, and both are limited to just 88 pieces. The Christophe Claret Maestro in titanium is priced at 68,000 CHF, and in pink gold is it 76,000 CHFchristopheclaret.com

What do you think?
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  • BiLL

    Wow, a sorta new complication idea with the Memo. I’m very curious to see that in action.

  • ??????

    I like what they do and that Christophe Claret follow some distinctive design language: no matter what complications they implement, they do it in line with other timepieces.

  • Cool date display, I wanted to say something about that memo comp but it’s slipped my mind.

    • IanE

      Yes – that happens to me when I use the rather less elegant procedure of tying a knot in my hanky!

      • Lol, this complication appears about to as close to that technique as you can get in a watch!

    • Word Merchant

      You’d meant to write something about the date display I think. Just reminding you.

      • Oh yes, now I remember, thanks, do not know what I would do without you guys and/or this watch! I have added my two cents to Dan’s comment above.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I rather like this. I’d really like to see some photos of it, let alone wear/play with it. I like the knotted hanky/wrist-rubber band complication. The cylindrical balance spring is novel too. Lots of interesting stuff going on in it. Lots of depth to the dial, could be quite attractive.
    The Sapphire and Titanium is the colour palette I’d naturally go for. At 42mm its an acceptable size too. With 7days on the winder, its a good fun watch for an Oligarchs watch rotation.

  • Word Merchant

    Those Watch Brotherssssss ©® are getting everywhere. I’m already missing Alex Magenta and his funny doodles.

  • DanW94

    At first glance I thought Angelus meets Arnold & Son with that minute track design, blue color scheme and the dial architecture. But the conical date display and memo feature definitely set it apart. The memo complication while novel and interesting is ultimately useless. Overall it’s a cool watch.

    • I was expecting something like the GO Senator Diary but with visual instead of auditory reminder – in fact, imagine the Diary comp but instead of an alarm release it triggered a single chime that sounds once every 15 mins until you deactivate. Get to it CC!

      • DanW94

        I know it’s sacrilege but reminders are obviously the domain of smartwatches and novelties in mechanical ones (although very cool novelties). This and the GO will beep or spin and grab your attention, but lets face it, without some written confirmation you’ll stare blankly at your watch and wonder why the hell it’s commanding your attention. Especially if you’ve set it (the GO) 30 days prior to your “event”. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast most days : )

        • It’s dressed up as a very practical complication when in fact it’s entirely whimsical, designed to remind you of a time when you knew what you needed to do…

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Ah.. You mean like the ‘Top of the Stairs Syndrome’. Otherwise known as why the hell am I standing in the middle of the….. (Spare room/kitchen/garage/police cell/tie fighter cockpit etc).. I’m here, there must of been a reason for it.

          • The old me would know what I am here for. I’m falling apart…

      • Shinytoys

        I like that chime idea ! There seems to be room for a hammer and a bell 🙂 I think the price range deserves it…and throw in a repeater while you’re there…

  • BNABOD

    pretty cool looking piece and that conical date is really neat funny they felt compelled to mention the patents in the back just in case. 70Gs thought that is certainly way out of my league but boy would I like to play w it.

  • Shinytoys

    The gold with red rubies are very fine looking, and I love the different approach to the date and reminder complications. The movement has 342 parts, that’s a lot of parts, some of which contribute to a hybrid magnetic drive that is way above my understanding. The price is also way above my affordability range.

  • Dénes Albert

    I quite like it – innovative and unique without compromising legibility and/or wearability. That memo complication doesn’t strike me as particularly useful, but it is a funky bit. I would most certainly wear the titanium one – sadly, it’s way out of my league.

  • BrJean

    Crazy dial layout, it reminds me a futuristic laboratory set up on deserted planet and covered with a protective dome!

    • Lincolnshire Poacher

      Its not actually a watch. Its actually an original diorama of a “Lost In Space” set. It was used in a particularly hallucinogenic episode from after they switched to filming in Technicolor.

  • srs144

    Claret has been the man for a long time and does some really interesting stuff. Usually his creations are well into the 6 figures, never thought I would see one at 68k.

    • IanE

      Yes – on a rather wildly optimistic day, I could almost start to wonder if it might be affordable!

      • SuperStrapper

        Pretty sure the Aventicum is less than this one. Although this is much cooler.

    • Then again, its not a perpetual calendar (is it?)

  • Ulysses31

    The movement makes it look like you could fit a circumferential rotor in there. The dials are a bit…hmm. Big, lumpy blocks of metal don’t work for me on a watch dial. On a case, it’s a different matter but I prefer the dial to be uncomplicated and beautiful, not like miniature recreation of the Mousetrap game.

    • Yeah, I too thought of the recess on the movement side looking like a track for a winding rotor.

  • SuperStrapper

    LOVE. One of my favourite manufactures knock one out of the park. The gem handset that stole my heart on the blackjack21 watch makes a return, one of the coolest handsets in all of horology. Great layout, and an interesting ‘reverse Coliseum’ movement arrangement. Interesting take on a date display as well: date wheel meets Grande date. Very much looking forward to seeing some actual pictures of a completed piece.

    So-called ‘purists’ obviously won’t have any love for something so contemporary in design, but hopefully we’ll get an article for a 36mm time-only with sub seconds and complete lack of design ingenuity watch soon to set the world right again.

    • Word Merchant

      Personally I’m holding out for another article on the Apple Watch.

      • SuperStrapper

        I doubt you’ll have to wait long.

        • Word Merchant

          5 days. It felt like an eternity.

  • otaking241

    Certainly an audacious design. The decision to do away with the bezel seems to be frustrated by the inclusion of such a large chapter ring–would have had more visual impact if it were narrower and pushed to the very edge of the case.

    It’s amusing to see what uses these guys keep coming up with for a simple on/off complication. Last time it was the “He loves me/loves me not;” this time we get the MEMO, which uses diamonds and rubies to approximate the time-honored tradition of tying a string around your finger. More elegant, to be sure, but maybe a bit too much of a stretch?

    • SuperStrapper

      In terms of case design and overall aesthetic, Ressence immediately came to mind, but eventually so did Bouchet’s Complication One, which I think is probably the more appropriate comparison.

      What an amazing trio of watches that would be to have in the stable…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This is something you really need to see alive to fully appreciate it,…. to hold….., to caress, to,……..whow,….am getting carried away……….Beautiful work. Responding to previous comments , it does look a little disorganised and a bit ” lumpy ” for some folk ( i sniggered at the mouse trap reference, i’ve only ever seen that work on Family guy ) but theirs no denying it makes you stop and look and go wow.

  • funNactive

    Unique take on a skeleton. I’d love to see this in person.