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Christophe Claret all in blue
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Christophe Claret all in blue

Wednesday, 03 June 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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First presented in 2012 and 2014 respectively, Christophe Claret’s X-TREM-1 and Poker are back on the scene, in all-blue versions.

The Poker is equipped with an extremely sophisticated mechanism to reproduce the randomness of the game. The dial is entirely made and assembled within Manufacture Claret and was designed to offer excellent legibility of both the time and the Poker game. The dial is animated, on this model, by tokens, cards and casino tip in 3D, that is all that is found on a Texas Holdem carpet, for more visual realism. Emblematic of the brand, the ruby and black PVD-treated titanium hands – among the most expensive to make because of the complexity of machining these precious materials – are enhanced by a luminescent coating. The hour indexes are on the bezel so as not to crowd the stage. Although the dial has an incredible 85 components, its balanced harmonious design ensures that the players are not distracted.

Poker © Christophe Claret
Poker © Christophe Claret

This world of the casino even continues through to the back of the watch. The transparent case-back provides a view of the oscillating winding rotor in the form of a roulette wheel. This rotor design is already an icon of the Christophe Claret Interactive Gaming Complication collection. Once activated by one or two shaking motions, the roulette turns for a few moments before stopping: no more bets please! An arrow points to one of the 37 numbers on an inner ring. Did your number come up by chance? If so, it may have been thanks to a special key opposite a green emerald set on the case-back. This personalization is much appreciated by those who believe in their lucky number. This Poker is produced in an 12-piece limited edition. An exceptional timepiece, which, like winning a big game, is only for the lucky few.

X-Trem-1 © Christophe Claret
X-Trem-1 © Christophe Claret

Four years after unveiling the X-Trem-1 timepiece, the watchmaker from Le Locle reveals two new versions in blue damascened steel, issued in 8-piece limited edition. X-Trem-1, the first of a generation of exceptional timepieces, represents a major technical and aesthetic accomplishment: a flying tourbillon inclined at a 30° angle, mounted on a three-dimensional curvex titanium mainplate, equipped with a retrograde hours and minutes display system that is radically different from existing watchmaking conventions. Two tiny hollowed steel spheres, isolated within sapphire tubes on the left and right sides of the caseband, magically move with no mechanical connection thanks to magnetic fields.

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