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Following his collaboration with the Ukrainian boxer Vasyl Lomachenko winner of one Europe championship title, two Olympic gold medals and three World championship titles Christophe Claret unveils the Loma watch, a mono-pusher chronograph with striking mechanism and constant force escapement. This timepiece, born of the collaboration between the watchmaker and the boxer and uniting their shared passions, will be available on the markets from September.

Ringside encounter

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 in Los Angeles, Christophe Claret met Vasyl Lomachenko 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 resulted in the creation of this timepiece.

Precision, Rigorous Discipline, Patience, Speed, Elegance and Talent are the shared qualities demonstrated by these two Maestros in their respective arts.

Tribute to the Ukrainian boxing champion

This alliance between Christophe Claret and Loma 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 is 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) – that also inspired Christophe Claret in creating 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®.

An extremely technical round

This Christophe Claret creation encapsulates both Haute Horlogerie expertise and High-Tech precision. This mono-pusher chronograph with striking mechanism and constant-force escapement asserts its codes and reinvents short-time measurement.

The concept is entirely in line with Christophe Claret, which has repeatedly distinguished itself with innovative striking mechanisms featuring cathedral gongs. The latter, the acknowledged king of chimes, engraved with a gong hammer, is visible at 10 o’clock and equipped with a patented system that avoids the gong vibrating against the case. The chronograph delivers peerless and reliable performance. Its clutch disk system prevents the hand from jumping when the chronograph starts to enhance precision. This useful, functional and entertaining chronograph plays on the sensorial – acoustic and tactile – interaction between the instrument and its owner.

In addition to this innovative complication, the Loma watch is also equipped with a constant-force escapement, a nod to the boxing champion, who has demonstrated impressive and constant strength during his fights. Majestically enthroned on the dial side at 6 o’clock, this clever mechanism is a key component that considerably reduces timing variations. The energy delivered to the escapement remains constant from beginning to end of the power reserve. Precision is the overriding goal. The perpetually moving mechanism exercises a hypnotic visual effect, which may be admired beneath a meticulously chamfered sapphire bridge revealing the full extent of the master-watchmaker’s know-how.

Housed inside a 45 mm-diameter case, the movement was designed, developed and assembled in-house. This extremely complex caliber is not built up layer by layer, as is usually the case, but is fully integrated – a unified approach that enhances finesse, performance and coherent technical and aesthetic appeal. The movement design is a feat in its own right. The platinum rotor boasts increased inertia and the mainspring guarantees a 40-hour power reserve.

Clearly visible through the sapphire crystal case back and fitted with 75 jewels – an impressive number that single-handedly symbolizes the complexity of the mechanism – the caliber conceals nothing of its refined finishing. Among its 570 components, the swan-neck regulator spring and oscillating winding rotor feature hand-crafted finishes reflecting the finest Haute Horlogerie traditions. These include polished internal angles, an extremely demanding technique. This wealth of subtle touches offers vivid proof that aesthetic precision pervades even the smallest of components and fully matches the outstanding technical performance of the timepiece.

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Maestro Corail Watch

For the fourth consecutive year, Christophe Claret is proudly taking its place alongside the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM) and donating a timepiece to Only Watch for its eighth edition: Maestro Corail, a formidable timepiece by nature.

This altruistic momentum has driven Christophe Claret to take an authentic artistic approach in giving life to the Maestro Corail watch. Inspired by the Maestro Mamba watch that is part of the collection, this timepiece is unique, resulting from a blend of fine craftsmanship and aesthetic creativity.

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Christophe Claret is a born provocateur, now venturing into the perilous wilds of the tropical forests by placing the voluptuous undulations of a coral snake at the heart of the Maestro watch. This brightly colored, swift and incomparably aggressive snake appears ready to strike anyone who comes within reach of its toxic venom. Wrapped around the movement, its undulating hand-engraved body creates a powerful contrast between the tangy blue and orange brilliancy of its scales and the matt black shade of the movement. Surging from the intricacies of the movement, between the hours and minutes hands, the MEMO function indicator and the sprung balance, the coral snake defies all challengers with its piercing eyes. A threatening and disturbing vision enveloping the horological mechanism with a dangerous aura of mystery.

Technical forest

The Maestro watch was a natural choice to accommodate the rippling coils of the coral snake. This watch appeals through both its shape and its proportions, including the pure and powerful lines of its 42 mm black PVD-treated titanium case topped by an impressive sapphire crystal dome. A boldly contemporary model intended for trendsetters and influencers, this model offers a spectacular view of the movement and the snake’s sinuous body, which may be admired from every angle and along every sleek scale. It is also ideal because of its hand-wound movement, whose skillfully arranged components are displayed in all their glorious technical profusion, vividly reflecting that of a luxuriant forest.

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The overall construction is revealed through a multi-dimensional architecture. Like all timepieces by Christophe Claret, the Maestro showcases a wealth of details mingling technical and aesthetic elements in an exceptionally coherent manner. Brand enthusiasts will recognize the watchmaker’s inimitable touch in the famous Charles X stepped and skeletonized bridges – with 26 interior angles – that have become a signature of the Maison. The skeleton-working of the bridge supporting the escapement represents a clever blend of classicism and modernity that affords a chance to appreciate all its subtle features.

The visual adventure through the intricacies of the movement continues with two series-coupled barrels ensuring optimal efficiency and majestically positioned at 12 o’clock. Here too, the bridges are skeletonized to provide an exemplary view of the blade spring of the first barrel and thus enable the wearer of the watch to gauge the state of the seven-day power reserve.

A return to fundamentals

In terms of horological complications, the Maestro Corail once again illustrates the creative audacity cultivated by Christophe Claret. Witness the patented large date display at 5 o’clock, composed of two cones – one for the tens on the upper part and the second for the units – and performing a semi-instantaneous jump between midnight and twenty past midnight. As if to echo the 3D effect of this voluminous date display, the Maestro’s characteristic MEMO function appears between 3 and 4 o’clock. Inspired by the expression “tie a knot in your handkerchief” to help one remember something important, the MEMO is an ingenious mechanical reminder intended for absent-minded individuals as well as fans of technical gadgets. Whatever daily objective the owner of the Maestro has set himself, the MEMO is there to remind him of his commitments. In the initial position, meaning when the owner must do something, an orange sapphire appears at 6 o’clock on the side face of the MEMO.  Once the objective has been met, a simple press on the pusher at 2 o’clock pivots the MEMO function, which will display a blue sapphire on its side face at 6 o’clock, like the gem set at its top. The MEMO will return to its initial position each night in a twenty-minute process driven by a semi-instantaneous jump system.

Whether it is a cue to pay a daily compliment to a loved one, to meditate for ten minutes a day, to do a good deed, to avoid a trap or avert a danger: there are any numbers of good reasons to activate the MEMO. But one thing is for sure: with death lurking in the black eyes of this snake that is as aggressive as it is venomous, and when the possibility of its mortal sting thus accompanies every minute, hour and day, the Maestro Corail provides a constant reminder of fate and the fragile nature of time.

With more than 40 million euros raised in seven editions, Only Watch – under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and at the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy – is organizing its eighth edition. The auction will be held for the third year running in Geneva, on Saturday November 9th 2019. Prior to that, from September 25th to 28th 2019, the Monaco Yacht Show will host the first stage of a promotional world tour of the collection. The funds collected will be entirely donated to scientific and medical research on neuromuscular diseases in general and on Duchenne muscular dystrophy in particular.

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.

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Take a sacred journey with Mecca, a tribute piece from Swiss luxury watchmaker Christophe Claret made as a tangible representation of the Muslim faith. Emphasizing peace, sanctity and strong conviction, this timepiece harmonizes spirituality and mechanic artistry; offering a modern expression of one’s beliefs in a contemporary, stylish manner.

The heart of Mecca is a mirascope, a unity of two identical parabolic mirrors placed on top of another, creating a unique, elliptical shape that forms an interesting imagery. When an object is placed at the centre of the bottom mirror, its reflection projects a hologram that displays twice its measure. Christophe Claret employs this to portray a full, 360-degree view of the Mecca, right within one’s wrists.

Other than its stunning highlight, Christophe Claret adds more to its features; refining every detail to visually narrate the Muslim faith. The dial, for one, is coloured in grey and green—two prominent hues of the religion. There’s a white ceramic stone replacing the 5 o’clock numeral and a black spinel at 7 o’clock, both of which represents the white stone mentioned in the Koran that turned black after being repeatedly touched by the zealous pilgrims.

Aesthetically stylish, symbolically poetic, Mecca is equipped with a powerful movement that oscillates weight around the Kaaba. At the back, users can find the ball bearing cover which is accentuated by an illustration of Kaaba, with white dots symbolizing the pilgrims turning around the stone.

Three phrases quoted from the Arabs seals its design. One will be pleased to find these words at 12 o’clock, “Masjid al-Haram”, 4 o’clock, “Tawaf” and at 8 o’clock, “Masjid al-Haram”. The phrases mean “The Sacred Mosque”, the seven turns around Kaaba and “The Holy City of Mecca” respectively.

At the titanium case is an indication of the number of passionate watch aficionados who can acquire this watch: 63, the same number of the age of prophet Mohammed when he died.

Specifications:

  • Calibre AVE15, self-winding movement
  • 72-hour Power Reserve
  • 4 Hz Frequency
  • 30m Water Resistance
  • 186 parts, 28 jewels
  • Double barrel
  • Swiss lever escapement
  • “Mystery” oscillating weight with sapphire crystal segment
  • Grade 5 titanium and anthracite case
  • 3N yellow gold tips
  • Black alligator leather strap

Christophe Claret winds up two of the most prominent complications in a mellifluous agreement with Soprano. This high-end luxury timepiece is outfitted with a tourbillon—a flying version, which is found at the 6 o’clock marker. It is unique on its own; the complication rotates ever sixty seconds and employs a Charles X stepped bridge to hold the open-worked movement. A Parachute shock protection is added, as taken from the pages of Breguet, to reinforce stronger endurance for this highly acclaimed haute horlogerie.

A minute repeater trails after the repeater, and like an experienced conductor, Christophe Claret manages to impose musical aspects to its orchestra of movements. The repeater features four individual gongs, all set with their own hammers, which circles the movement twice. Note that these cathedral gongs are also utilized in other of Claret’s lyrical timepieces. As an added genius, the Grade 5 titanium case band works as an acoustic for the sound, reminiscent to Westminster chimes. This feature can be triggered through the slide on the left side of the case.

There’s no doubt that Claret has musical ears, giving lenience to the fine artistry of lyrical work and seeing limitless possibilities with sounds and movements alike. In order to perfect the melodic rapture of the gongs, the watchmaker added a silent governor that enforces control to maintain speed and precision; hammers perform their roles accurately, harmonically. Add to that a state-of-wind indicator at the transparent mainspring barrel beneath the 12 o’clock position; it displays the fully-wound movement when the spring is at the centre of the barrel.

Digits are displayed on a clear, smoked sapphire crystal dial, allowing wearers to revel on the layers of movement underneath. The back is beautifully glorious as well; it also features a sapphire crystal case with the watchmaker’s emblem, the Westminster label and a handful of notes for the inner musician.

Specifications:

Calibre TRD98, mechanical hand-wound movement

Tourbillon with 60-second rotation and parachute shock absorber

450 parts, 39 jewels

4-note minute repeater in Westminster chime

Transparent mainspring barrel which works as state-of-wind indicator

30m Water Resistance

72-hours Power Reserve

3 Hz Frequency

Orange lacquered sapphire hands with anthracite grey

Soprano comes in either a red or white gold case, put on with a black or chocolate coloured alligator leather strap band. The stitching varies according to its version: gold, red and blue. There are only 8 pieces of this series available in the market.

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