Here’s something a little unexpected from Christopher Claret. A wristwatch that doesn’t cost $100,000+ and one that comes in a 42mm case than feels like you could wear it daily. The brand’s latest watch is called the Maestro and it has all of the interest of a genuine Christophe Claret creation, but in the most accessible package yet. Here are all the details.
The independent watchmaker, known for his love of high-grade and sometimes quirky complications, has decided to take a shot at a slightly less complex watch, though he still hasn’t been able to resist adding an extra function that is more fun than functional, and we love him for that.
The Maestro is the closest thing Christophe Claret has to a daily-wear wristwatch. It measure only 42mm and it features hours, minutes, an unorthodox date function in the shape of pyramid, and what the company is calling a MEMO function.
This new complication is located between three and four o’clock, and it is meant to help the wearer remember a daily task, which he or she can tick off once complete. The event is marked incomplete when the sapphire inside the cone faces the wearer. To mark it as complete, the wearer just has to push the button at two o’clock, which pivots the cone 180 degrees so that the sapphire faces away. It’s simple and a little charming, if not actually the most useful thing we’ve ever seen in a wrist-worn device.
The other push piece sets the date, which is displayed at five o’clock on two cone-shaped aluminum disks, one for the tens on the upper part and the second for the single digits. I’ve never seen a date displayed quite like this and it does give the watch a very three-dimensional look. Readability seems pretty good and I’d bet you’d get used to this display pretty quickly.
The watch is powered by a new caliber, dubbed the DMC16, which is a hand-wound movement with visible barrel and lever escapement on the dial side. It has a power reserve of seven days (approximately 168 hours). Finishing is nice throughout and in the signature Christophe Claret style.
The Maestro will be available in both grade five titanium and rose gold, each in a limited edition of 88 pieces, priced at 68,000 CHF (approximately $67,840 at time of publishing) and 76,000 CHF (approximately $75,825) respectively.
For more information, please visit the official Christophe Claret website.