Friday, July 7, 2017

Christophe Claret Magicafiore Only Watch

For the third consecutive year, Christophe Claret is donating a timepiece to Only Watch for its 7th edition: Magicafiore, an exceptional and one-of-a-kind ladies’ watch. Inspired by the Marguerite watch that is part of the collection, Magicafiore is a unique floral marvel stemming from a blend of fine craftsmanship and aesthetic creativity.

At the heart of this watchmaking fable, a 3D depiction of the cherry blossom revisited by Christophe Claret gives pride of place to artistic crafts. To ensure the closest possible resemblance to the actual flower, each petal is first manually sculpted and coated with white lacquer, making each of them a truly unique element. The blue enameled center of the flower features a pistil topped with a blue sapphire and stamens represented by 28 emeralds, each topped with a white gold rod bent and adjusted by hand. Christophe Claret invites two hand-engraved and green lacquered dragonflies, featuring wings enhanced by sky blue Super-LumiNova®, to provide a joyful escort for the passing of time. One is perched on a flower petal that rotates every hour. The other one, fitted at the end of a stem attached to the center of the flower, literally flutters around the white mother-of-pearl dial, thereby playing the role of minutes hand. The white gold case is adorned with 59 blue sapphires and 15 marquise-cut emeralds symbolizing the leaves of the cherry tree. The unique green and blue setting of the case, like central stones, demonstrates the particular attention that Christophe Claret devotes to aesthetics.
The ultimate romantic watch, Magicafiore turns loving passion into the stuff of intimate daydreams. 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 specially created for Only Watch: “Pour l’amour de la vie” (For the love of life). This message can be personalized via a configurator on the brand website. The watch can display any message requested by the owner, in the desired language, with a limited number of characters. 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 blue varnished mosaic incorporating the text and the numerals. Releasing the pusher makes the hour display reappear instantly.
The sapphire caseback provides an opportunity to admire the movement’s oscillating weight sculpted like a flower and set with eight precious stones (4 emeralds and 4 blue sapphires). 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 Middle Ages. 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 stone  closest to the red-lacquered heart provides the response : an emerald with the indication “yes” or a blue sapphire with the indication “no” in the center.
A great fan of detail, Christophe Claret includes a great many references to the delicacy of flowers. 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 crown, as well as the flower-shaped screws securing the strap.

With more than 25 million Euros raised since 2005, Only Watch, under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and at the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, is organizing its 7th edition. The auction will be held for the second year running in Geneva, on Saturday November 11th 2017. Prior to that, from September 27th to 30th 2017, the Monaco Yacht Show will host the first stage of a promotional world tour of the collection. The funds collected will be entirely donated to scientific and medical research on neuromuscular diseases in general and on Duchenne muscular dystrophy in particular.

Technical details
Movement
Caliber MT115, self-winding
Diameter: 35.70 mm
Thickness: 11.72 mm (with hands)
Number of components: 245
Number of jewels: 36
Barrels: Two barrels
Power reserve: 72 hours
Escapement:    Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph); Swiss lever

Functions
Hours and minutes are indicated by two dragonflies: the first perched on a flower petal indicates the hours; the second on a stem indicates the minutes
Dual display dial (time or text)
"He loves me… he loves me not" game incorporated into the self-winding rotor visible through the display back

Case
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 14.45 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
White gold case, set with 59 blue sapphires and 15 marquise-cut emeralds

Dial
Double-display dial: indication of the time “3, 6, 9” or a text
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 with blue transfers.

Time display
Hours are indicated by a green lacquered dragonfly with sky blue Super-LumiNova® wings, perched on a rotating flower petal. Minutes are indicated by a second dragonfly perched on a stem. This stem is an integral part of the blue enameled flower center
Ten white lacquered petals

Back
“He loves me… he loves me not” game: when the winding rotor stops, the stone that is nearest to the red lacquered heart indicates the answer: an emerald with the indication “yes” or a blue sapphire with the indication “no” in the center.

Crown
White gold, featuring a cabochon set with a blue sapphire

Strap
Blue alligator leather
Clasp: White gold

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