Four years after unveiling the X-TREM-1 timepiece, the watchmaker from Le Locle reveals two new versions in Damascus steel, issued in 8-piece limited editions. X-TREM-1, the first of a generation of exceptional timepieces, represents a major technical and aesthetic accomplishment: the time display is provided by two steel spheres, isolated within sapphire tubes, which magically move thanks to magnetic fields.
White or 5N red gold and Damascus steel were the metals chosen to make the case of this new version of the X-TREM-1. A keen student of history, Christophe Claret felt it would be an interesting exercise to craft the case of the X-TREM-1 – the most innovative and contemporary model in his collection – from Damascus steel produced using ancestral methods. Weapons of the Crusaders equipped with extremely sharp Damascus steel blades were long considered the finest in the world.
Damascus steel is traditionally produced by layer-assembling two types of steel. Several successive forging and folding steps result in a piece of metal that may comprise several hundreds of layers. This extremely technical high-end alloy boasts excellent properties but its extreme resistance makes it a hard material to work with.
These new models, presented at Baselworld, are available on the markets as of April 1st 2016.