Christophe Claret : Place your bests!


Movement: Mechanical self-winding (Calibre BCR09, 72-hour power reserve)  Case: white gold (or rose gold or platinum) and blackened PVD-coated grade 5 titanium; two side windows revealing the striking mechanism and two dice  Diameter: 45 mm Functions: hour, minute, three games: baccarat with alarm, roulette and dice. Dial: in titanium and smoky sapphire with a jade plaque or decorated with a dragon or tiger. Front: 3 windows for the bank and three for the player. Back: 3D roulette rotating with the oscillating weight Strap: Black alligator leather secured by a two-screw fastening system  Watertight: 30m  Limited edition: every version is limited to nine pieces.

Since 2011 and the launch of the 21 Blackjack watch, Christophe Claret’s watches have taken a playful turn. A truly miniature casino, the new Baccarat combines major complications and the world of gaming. Christophe Claret infuses its expression of transparency and perspective with the adrenalin synonymous with baccarat, roulette and dice. Housed in a cage at 4 o’clock, and visible through a side window in the caseband, two miniature dice measuring 1.5mm on the sides, offer a chance to play the oldest game of chance. On the back of the watch, the oscillating weight, visible through a sapphire crystal with anti-reflection treatment, looks like a game of roulette. Finally there is baccarat, which, by drawing cards, involves equalling or getting as close as possible to nine points. The player’s three cards appear in windows on the lower part of the dial. In the upper part of the dial, are three additional windows with the bank’s cards. Every time the shutter opens either due to the player or the bank, an alarm, whose mechanism is visible through a side window at 2 o’clock, rings. The watch, a luxury toy for big boys, is available in several versions, all in nine-piece limited editions.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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