Monday, June 29, 2015

Christophe Claret Marguerite

An undeniably poetic watch driven by a unique sense of playfulness and optical illusions, the new Marguerite is part of the Margot line, Christophe Claret’s very first ladies’ model. This creation affirms the brand’s determination to give substance to a full-fledged feminine collection that consists of complications exclusively devoted to women.

At the heart of this new horology creation, interpreted in four versions, two graceful butterflies flit around a daisy whose white lacquered petals overlap in the same way as a real flower. Christophe Claret invites two butterflies in blue, orange or red Super-LumiNova, depending on the version, to provide a joyful escort for the passing of time. The darker one, symbolizing the female, is perched on a daisy petal that rotates every hour. Meanwhile, the lighter one, embodying the male, indicates the minutes. Sitting lightly atop a stem attached to the precious pistil made of rubies or blue sapphires, it literally flutters around the white mother-of-pearl dial.
In addition to the Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, the dial presents a second display. One press on the pusher at 2 o’clock makes the numbers disappear to reveal the phrase: “Il m’aime passionnément” (He loves me passionately). In developing this optical illusion game, Christophe Claret drew inspiration from the famous “Wow!!” magic trick, which has never before been incorporated into a watch. The changeover of the two dials is achieved by superimposing two disks: the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares rotates over the fixed mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with another pad-printed black or blue varnished mosaic incorporating the text and the numerals. Releasing the pusher makes the hour display reappear instantly.
The 42.50 mm case in white or rose gold is delicately accentuated by two newly invented types of setting. The “flake” setting adorning both versions of the Marguerite watch is an elegant interpretation of the snow-setting technique. One hundred variously sized diamonds appear to be randomly sprinkled over the bezel and lugs just like delicate flakes. The “champagne” setting on the other two versions also features a hundred diamonds of different sizes. Concentrated on the lower part of the case, and then freely set here and there on the upper part of the bezel and the 12 o’clock lug, the diamonds are reminiscent of sparkling bubbles that give the entire creation a light, airy appearance.
The Marguerite watch is equipped with a self-winding Manufacture movement whose double barrel ensures an impressive 72-hour power reserve. The sapphire caseback provides an opportunity to admire the movement’s oscillating weight sculpted like a daisy and set with eight rubies. At will, the owner can indulge in the “He loves me, he loves me not” game, the simplified English version of daisy petals, that typically feminine distraction invented in the 18th century. In order to play, the watch must be placed in a horizontal position and accompanied by one or two undulating movements. The oscillating weight then turns for a few seconds prior to standing still. The ruby closest to the red-lacquered heart provides the response – “yes” or “no” in the center.
A great fan of detail, Christophe Claret includes a great many references to the delicacy of the marguerite daisy. In the center of the oscillating weight, a flower-shaped circular satin-brushed and diamond-polished element serves to conceal the ball-bearing mechanism. This motif is echoed by the petal-like fluted motif adorning, as well as the flower-shaped screws securing the strap.

More than ever, the Marguerite establishes itself as a vivid symbol of the romantic game of love and chance. A watch to be loved passionately in all four versions – white or rose gold, “flake” or “champagne” set – each available in 30-piece limited editions from July 2015.

Technical details

Movement
Caliber:    MT115, self-winding
Diameter: 35.70 mm
Thickness: 9.67 mm (with hands)
Number of components: 245
Number of jewels: 36
Barrels:    Two barrels
Power reserve: 72  hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Escapement: Swiss lever

Functions
Hours and minutes are indicated by two butterflies flying around the dial
Dual display dial: time or "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately)
"He loves me. He loves me not" game incorporated into the self-winding rotor visible through the display back

Marguerite Champagne-set white gold case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Champagne-set white gold case:
-  Bezel set with 73 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 17 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 8 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: White gold with white gold cabochon set with a blue sapphire.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with the 3, 6 and 9 numerals or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed blue varnish. When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a stem. This stem is attached to the central blue pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is in blue sapphire.
12 petals in nickel silver that has been rhodium plated then painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Blue alligator leather with blue stitching and white gold screws.
Clasp: White gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

Marguerite Champagne-set rose gold case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Champagne-set rose gold case:
-  Bezel set with 73 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 17 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 8 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: Rose gold with rose gold cabochon set with a ruby.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed black varnish. When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark orange Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light orange Super-LumiNova, perched on a stem. This stem is attached to the central red pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is in ruby.
12 petals in 4N rose gold that has been painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Red alligator leather with red stitching and rose gold screws.
Clasp: Rose gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

Marguerite Flake-set white gold case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Flake-set white gold case:
-  Bezel set with 76 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 10 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 14 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: White gold with white gold cabochon set with a ruby.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed black varnish.  When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark red Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light red Super-LumiNova, sitting on a stem. This stem is attached to the central red pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is in ruby.
12 petals in nickel silver that has been rhodium plated then painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Red alligator leather with red stitching and white gold screws.
Clasp: White gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

Marguerite Flake-set Rose Gold Case
Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 12.07 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
Flake-set Rose Gold Case
-  Bezel set with 76 diamonds
- Lug at 6 o'clock set with 10 diamonds
- Lug at 12 o'clock set with 14 diamonds
Back: “He loves me. He loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the ruby that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (“yes” or “no” indication in the centre).
Crown: Rose gold with rose gold cabochon set with a blue sapphire.

Dial
Dial with double indications: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or text that reads, "Il m’aime passionnément" (He loves me passionately).
The change between the two displays is done via a pusher at 2 o’clock, which rotates the metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of transparent squares across a 1.5° angle over a fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed blue varnish. When the pusher is released, the dial automatically returns to the initial display (time).

Time display
Hours are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and dark blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a rotating marguerite daisy.
Minutes are indicated by a butterfly, colored with grey anthracite PVD and light blue Super-LumiNova, perched on a stem. This stem is attached to the central red pistil and the pistil, stem and butterfly rotate together to display the minutes.
The pistil (centre) of the marguerite flower is blue sapphire.
12 petals in 4N rose gold that has been painted with white lacquer.

Strap
Blue alligator with blue stitching and rose gold screws.
Clasp: Rose gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail Price
Price in Swiss francs (ex VAT): 69,000

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