Christophe Claret has delved into Mexican mythology to create its latest piece: The Maestro Quetzalcoatl. This important Aztec deity – patron of the priesthood, inventor of the calendar and protector of craftsmen – proudly snakes across the Maestro’s movement. This feathered serpent can be glimpsed between the hour and minute hands, the indicator for the MEMO function, and the spring balance. The Maestro Quetzalcóatl appeals through both its shape and its proportions, including the pure and powerful lines of its 42mm black PVD-treated titanium case topped by an impressive sapphire crystal dome. The overall construction is revealed through a multi-dimensional architecture. Brand enthusiasts will recognize the watchmaker’s touch in the famous Charles X stepped and skeletonized bridges – with 26 interior angles – that have become a signature of the Maison. The skeleton-working of the bridge supporting the escapement represents a clever blend of classicism and modernity.
In terms of horological complications, the watch shows a patented large date display at 5 o’clock, composed of two cones – one for the tens on the upper part and the second for the units – and performing a semi-instantaneous jump between midnight and twenty past midnight. As if to echo the 3D effect of this voluminous date display, the Maestro’s characteristic MEMO function – an ingenious mechanical reminder – appears between 3 and 4 o’clock. In the initial position, meaning when the owner must do something, a tsavorite appears at 6 o’clock on the side face of the MEMO, like the gem set at its top. Once the objective has been met, a simple press on the pusher at 2 o’clock pivots the MEMO function, which will display a diamond on its side face at 6 o’clock, instead of the tsavorite. The MEMO will return to its initial position each night in a twenty-minute process driven by a semi-instantaneous jump system.