Master watchmaker Christophe Claret has been glorifying horological complications, such as the minute repeater, highlighting enamelling, engraving and guillochage for more than 35 years. This new masterpiece welcomes a completely redesigned movement with a unique regulator.
Concertino features a large dial, set with an immense sapphire crystal, under a finely satin-brushed bezel. The back, also transparent, allows you to admire the exceptional architecture of the movement, in particular its stepped and skeletonized “Charles X” bridges. The watch is available in 5N red gold or grade 5 titanium, and its fully customizable dial makes it unique each time.
The timepiece sets the tone in the family of traditional complications watches, the first of the four collections of the Christophe Claret brand. It is inspired by previous creations by the master watchmaker, while once again pushing the limits of what is possible in this area. Its CRM89 caliber is an entirely redesigned composition, from the mainplate to the bridges, including the flywheel which regulates the minute repeater mechanism.
With a frequency of 3 hertz (21,600 vibrations per hour), the CRM89 caliber comes to life thanks to a single barrel. Concertino has a power reserve of around 60 hours. The request for the minute repeater is traditionally made through a sliding pusher on the left side of the case. We can therefore admire the choreography of the two hammers through the sapphire crystal back of the watch, and vibrate to the rhythm of the balance wheel.
Special care has been taken in the Concertino “Cathedral” bells. This type of bell has the particularity of going around the movement twice in order to express sounds that are longer, clearer and more powerful.
As with its technical design, the aesthetic of Concertino is the fruit of the work and creativity of Christophe Claret. The case harmoniously combines the polished and satin finishes of 5N red gold or titanium, highlighting the play of lights. Grade 5 titanium is hard and very difficult to machine, it has the advantage of being extremely light and above all of sublimating the transmission of the ringing sound.
The dial (enamelled, engraved, set and / or guilloché) also magnifies the light and dark, with its unique nuances of hues and personalized materials. The early Concertinos proudly display an ornamental hand engraving (nearly 1.5 mm) of two dragons – protectors of the Sun, an 8 mm pigeon’s blood ruby, in its rose gold livery or protectors of the Earth, a sapphire 8 mm blue, in its titanium livery.
On the back side, we find the famous stepped and skeletonized Charles X bridges, signatures of Christophe Claret. The movement is in microblasted and rhodium-plated nickel silver for the Concertino grade 5 titanium version, or 4N red gold plated for the 5N Gold Concertino version. It lives in the heart of a box 45 millimeters in diameter. Overcoming the incabloc, the gold bezel is set with a brilliant-cut ruby.
Technical Specifications — Caliber: CRM89, mechanical, hand-wound movement Diameter: 34.00 mm Height: 6.70 mm (without hands) Components: 376 Jewels: 33 Barrel: Single mainspring barrel Power reserve: Approximately 60 hours escapement: Swiss lever 3 Hz frequency (21’600 vph)
Features: Charles X style skeletonized, stepped bridges Charles X cockbridge with patented micrometric adjustment system Minute-repeater with Cathedral bells with patented noise reducer Functions: Hours, minutes Hours, quarters and minutes repeater on demand Inertia wheel
Case: Diameter: 45 mm Height: 12.90 mm Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
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