The inspiration for new Christophe Claret Maestro model is the adage “tie a knot in your handkerchief” as in remembering to do something important. This new Maestro includes a bejeweled MEMO display on the dial at 4 o’clock on the dial. This discreet innovation is one of the smallest elements on the dial and is coupled with a conical large date display with vertically aligned numbers. This patented display consists of two aluminium cones that rotate gradually between midnight and twenty past midnight to change the date, indicating that this small cone is engaged with the same gears that are responsible for the date change.
A reminder can be set whenever the wearer requires, Claret suggests things like meditating for 10 minutes or going for a walk, but unfortunately, it will not remind you what you are supposed to do, but only that you are supposed to do it just like the handkerchief knot that inspired it.
On the dial, you can see right inside the first of two series-coupled mainspring barrels beneath a skeletonized bridge at 12 o’clock, with the visible state of the spring’s coil giving a rough idea of how much of the seven-day power reserve is left.
At 16.06 mm thick, the Maestro is by no means petite, yet its 42 mm case diameter is paradoxically the smallest in the Christophe Claret collection. Also, it is not the height of the date display cone, as you might think, that accounts for this thickness but the two superimposed barrels, as you can clearly see in this photo:
Maestro’s temptation lies in its dial since there is so much going on there -the visible mainspring, the oscillation of the balance, the tick-tock of the escapement and the daily animation of the date-change and MEMO function. Despite all this, the watch retains a light and airy feel thanks to the generous sapphire crystal and the thoughtfully designed chapter ring.
The Christophe Claret Maestro is available in two different executions, each limited to 88 pieces. The titanium-cased version with blue accents and natural sapphires costs CHF 68,000 (about $67,200), while the rose-gold version with red accents and natural rubies costs CHF 76,000 (about $75,100). For more information visit Christophe Claret website.