Vasyl Lomachenko, nicknamed the “Picasso” of world boxing, achieves yet another masterful feat. In his Los Angeles fight against Englishman Anthony Crolla, Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defended his WBA and WBO lightweight belts by beating his opponent with a spectacular knockout in the fourth round.
The Ukrainian boxer has already won the title of Europe champion in Liverpool (2008) in the featherweight category, the title of double Olympic champion – in Beijing (2008) in the featherweight category and in London (2012) in the lightweight category – as well as three World titles in only 12 professional fights: in Chicago (2007) and in Milan (2009) in the featherweight category and in Baku (2011) in the lightweight category.
That same day, Christophe Claret met Vasyl Lomachenko in Los Angeles through Saïd Taghmaoui, a famous Franco-American actor who made his breakout in the film La Haine in 1996 and has been the Christophe Claret brand Ambassador since January 2019. The encounter gave rise to a collaboration between the watchmaker and the boxer that is soon to result in a timepiece combining their shared passions.
Precision, Rigorous Discipline, Patience, Speed, Elegance and Talent are the shared qualities demonstrated by these two Maestros in their respective arts.
This alliance is no coincidence. In 2013 already, Christophe Claret drew inspiration from the world of boxing based on a simple observation: the ringside boxing bell is one of the most recognizable sounds in sport, signaling the moment boxers go head to head in the ring. A boxing bout is divided into rounds, punctuated by one-minute periods of rest, all announced by the ringside bell. So it’s only natural to mark the start of a chronograph with such a sound.
This led to the creation of the Kantharos model, a mono-pusher chronograph with constant force escapement and cathedral-gong striking mechanism, equipped with an ingenious chiming system activated in each mode (start, stop, reset).
This new round embodying a rapprochement between Haute Horlogerie and boxing is set to pack a powerful punch!
The LOMA Watch
The Loma watch leaves nothing to chance. Its blue layered dial skillfully plays on depth and transparency, accentuating the visual field, while catching and holding light. Designed like a boxing ring in which the actors display their remarkable skills, it is swept over by the central seconds hand, the black PVD and sapphire hours and minutes hands coated with yellow and white Super-LumiNova®.
With chronograph counters on either side, the constant-force device appears to be at dial level – an impressive structural achievement in itself. These counters, bearing transfers of the two Olympic medals in their respective centers, combine strong character with an original disk-type display. One fixed sapphire disk carries the numerals, while a second mobile black and yellow disk positioned below features an indicator. Each is rimmed with a graduated step, giving the display a pleasing sense of dimensionality.
Everything about this watch evokes the boxing world and its Ukrainian champion: witness the choice of mainly blue and yellow colors recalling the national flag; the yellow-lacquered “Loma” inscription on the blue alligator leather strap; the transfers of the belts on the folding clasp as well as the inscription “Round” engraved on the 2 o’clock pusher and enhanced with yellow Super-LumiNova®.
The Loma watch will be sold in a limited edition of 20 pieces and will be available from September 2019.