"He loves me; he loves me not." These are the questions always fiddling a lady's mind when in love. Throngs of butterflies rouse from her stomach, awakening hidden feelings of joy and passion at the coming of romance. This emotion is made tangible, thanks to Christophe Claret's Marguerite—a beautiful rendition of yearning for the sentimental and romantic woman.

In MargueriteChristophe Claret unveils the blooming of a flower, imbibed with a unique complication, hidden behind its beautifully crafted layers. A daisy sprouts in the middle of the dial, with petals finely lacquered in white, as if about to be plucked for a 'yes' or a 'no'. In standard, the numbers 3, 6, 9 appear by the coloured mesh design for a convenient timekeeping. At the push of the button, the numbers vanish and words form by the mosaic: "Il m’aime passionnément", which literally means, he loves me passionately. Wearers need only to release the pusher and to see the hour display back to normal. This feature is all due to the two superimposed discs that rotates over the printed varnished motif.

Adding a touch of feminine flair to the watch, the makers decided to top each hand with butterflies. The one on the longer filament flutters around the dial made of mother-of-pearl, indicating minutes. The open-winged butterfly nicely indicates the hour.

The case is nothing less luxurious; it is adorned with a flake setting of sprinkled studs by the bezel and lugs. Its reverse side is also similarly, a spectacle; eight rubies shine behind the sapphire crystal case back. A lacquered heart at the bottom shines in red, in between the phrases "He loves me" and "He loves me not". As the weight oscillation moves, the wearer can follow the ruby's trails to guess the answer.

Specifications:

  • MT115, self-winding movement
  • 42,50mm in diameter
  • 245 components, 36 jewels
  • 72-hour Power Reserve
  • 4 Hz Frequency
  • 30m Water Resistance
  • Double barrel
  • Flake set case in white gold, encrusted with 100 diamonds
  • Butterfly-decorated hands
  • 12 petals in rhodium-plated nickel silver covered with white lacquer
  • White gold crown with while gold cabochon topped with a ruby
  • Alligator leather strap

Due to its extraordinary make, Christophe Claret only sells Marguerite with a limited number of 30. Two versions of this series is available, in red and blue colours, both exhibiting the double caption feature. 

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