Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Christophe Claret Marguerite 37MM

Swiss Independent luxury watch maker Christophe Claret presents two new versions of its Marguerite watch. Featuring a daintier size, these new creations preserve the magic of the original Marguerite watch: the revelation of a secret message that can be personalized at will.

Christophe Claret is well aware that times are changing and that trends are shifting accordingly. It has thus decided to trim down the original silhouette of the Marguerite watch, whose diameter has thus been reduced from 42.50 mm to 36.90 mm, while maintaining both its inherent refinement and its singular nature. This new jewelry watch is currently available in two versions. One is in 5N red gold set with champagne-toned diamonds and an aubergine strap; while the other is an even precious version set with diamonds and flaunting a flaming red strap.
Its meticulously crafted dial proudly features two graceful butterflies in Super-LumiNova®, flit around a daisy. 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, 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: “I LOVE YOU”. This message can be personalized. 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 varnished mosaic incorporating the text and the numerals. Releasing the pusher makes the hour display reappear instantly.
The difficulty for the Christophe Claret team lay in ensuring the message remained legible despite the smaller diameter, while also safeguarding the pleasing aesthetic.

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 precious stones (4 rubies and 4 emeralds). 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 ruby with the indication “no” in the center.
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. A watch to be loved passionately in all versions: “champagne” set aubergine or full-set red, each available in 30-piece limited editions.

Technical specifications
Movement
Caliber MT113, self-winding
Diameter: 30.10 mm
Thickness: 9.05 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 butterflies flying around the dial: the first butterfly perched on the daisy indicate the hours, while the second butterfly on a stem shows the minutes
- Dual display dial (time or text)
- "He loves me… he loves me not" game on the oscillating weight

Marguerite 37MM Aubergine version (MTR.MT113.040-070)
Case
Dimensions: Ø36.90 x 11.53 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
A total of 98 diamonds (0.51 carats): bezel set with 73 diamonds, lug at 6 o'clock set with 17 diamonds and lug at 12 o'clock set with 8 diamonds

Dial
Dual display dial: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or text that reads, “I LOVE YOU”
Metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of squares
Fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed purple varnish

Time display
The time is shown by two butterflies in anthracite gray PVD and dark or light orange Super-LumiNova®
Daisy pistil in natural purple amethyst
Twelve petals in 4N pink gold, lacquered in graded shades ranging from 5N red gold to matt white

Back
“He loves me… he loves me not” game: when the oscillating weight stops, the stone that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (emerald with “yes” indication or ruby with “no” indication)

Crown
5N red gold with 5N red gold cabochon set with a natural purple amethyst

Strap
Aubergine-colored alligator leather
Clasp: 5N red gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail Price
Price in Swiss francs (excluding VAT): Swiss francs 65’000

Marguerite 37MM Red version (MTR.MT113.000-030)
Case
Dimensions: Ø36.90 x 11.53 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
A total of 271 diamonds (1.65 carats): bezel set with 216 diamonds, lug at 6 o'clock set with 23 diamonds and lug at 12 o'clock set with 32 diamonds

Dial
Dual display dial: the time with 3, 6, 9 visible around the dial, or a text that reads, “I LOVE YOU”
Metallized transparent sapphire upper disk bearing a mosaic of squares
Fixed white mother-of-pearl lower disk overlaid with a pad-printed black varnish

Time display
The time is shown by two butterflies in anthracite gray PVD and dark or light orange Super-LumiNova®
Daisy pistil in ruby
Twelve petals in 4N pink gold, set with 209 diamonds

Back
“He loves me… he loves me not” game: when the oscillating weight stops, the stone that is nearest to the red heart indicates the answer (emerald with “yes” indication or ruby with “no” indication)

Crown
5N red gold with 5N red gold cabochon set with a ruby

Strap
Red alligator leather
Clasp: 5N red gold

Edition
30-piece limited edition

Retail Price
Price in Swiss francs (excluding VAT): Swiss francs 83’000

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