Christophe Claret : Tourbillon musical


Movement : mechanical hand-wound openworked Calibre TRD9, 1-minute tourbillon, Charles X style stepped bridges Case : white gold and anthracite grey PVD-coated titanium Diameter : 45 mm Functions : hours, minutes, hour, minute and quarter repeater on demand, Westminster chime Dial : grey sapphire, blue sapphire hands Caseback : sapphire crystal  Strap : black alligator leather, blue stitching Limited edition : 8

The latest spectacular creation from Christophe Claret, the Soprano watch combines a hand-wound tourbillon movement a classic from the Manufacture, with an entirely revisited minute repeater. Equipped with four cathedral gongs and four hammers, it plays the four notes of the Westminster chime with a remarkably clear, pure tone. “In order to create notes as close as possible to our sound world, we decided to call upon the talents of a piano maker from Neuchatel. We worked with him on a dedicated software programme serving to determine the exact frequency (to the nearest 5 Hertz) of each gong when it came time for tuning”, said Christophe Claret. Housed in a 45 mm-diameter gold and titanium case, two metals that enable ideal resonance, the openworked calibre features a sophisticated architecture distinguished by Charles X-style stepped bridges. On the back, a ring engraved like a musical stave accentuates the lyrical nature of the complication. The Soprano is available in two 8-piece limited series in pink gold or white gold.


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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