CHARLES X PERIOD

Christophe Claret owes his passion for horology to his discovery of pocket-watches, which he used to repair and restore. Ever since, he has continued collecting these wonderful mechanisms from a bygone era, focusing his attention on minute repeaters with their highly distinctive structures. Charles X bridges particularly inspired Christophe Claret, who has given them a contemporary twist in this model.

TOURBILLON MOVEMENT

WITH SAPPHIRE PLATES AND BRIDGES - 1997

Christophe Claret is a pioneer in making movement components from sapphire crystal. He was the first to develop a movement with sapphire plates and bridges in 1997. Extremely sensitive to the appeal of historical watches, notably those of the Charles X period, he drew inspiration from them in designing the bridges of this calibre.

PALACE OF WESTMINSTER

Westminster Chimes is a four-note tune chosen for the clock tower at the Palace of Westminster in London – a clock now more commonly known now as Big Ben, though the term originally referred to just the large hour bell. So well known did the four-note chimes become that they came to be called Westminster Chimes.

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Soprano

The Soprano watch associates two of the finest horological complications: a 60-second tourbillon and a minute repeater with Westminster chime, four patented cathedral gongs and four hammers, highlighted by stepped bridges inspired by the Charles X style. This exceptional calibre is housed inside a round case subtly marrying precious metals and titanium. Tradition and modernity are united in this creation, entirely in keeping with the demands of ultra high-end watchmaking developed by the Manufacture Claret.

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Reference : MTR.TRD98.020-028

  • Movement

    Calibre: TRD98
    Dimensions: 27.6 x 46.4 x 8.45 mm
    Number of parts: 450
    Number of jewels: 39
    Power reserve: 72 hours (approx.)

    Tourbillon:

    • Escapement: Swiss lever type
    • Oscillation frequency of the balance: 3 Hz (21,600 vph) 
    • Flying tourbillon 
    • Tourbillon rotation 60 seconds
    • Charles X style stepped bridges
    • Parachute shock protection

    Distinctive features:

    • Four visible hammers, four patented cathedral gongs
    • Repeater mechanism features silent inertia governor
    • Tourbillon regulator with parachute shock absorber 
    • Charles X style stepped bridges
  • Functions

    • Hours and minutes
    • 4-note minute repeater playing Westminster Quarters
    • Mechanical, hand-wound movement
    • Transparent mainspring barrel acts as movement state-of-wind indicator: when the movement is fully wound the spring is centered in the barrel
  • Case

    • Round
    • Dimensions: 45 x 56.80 x 15.32 mm
    • Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft 
  • Material

    White gold and anthracite PVD titanium / Black PVD and blue spinal hands

    Crown in white gold and grey PVD grade 5 titanium

    Buckle in white gold and titanium

    Black hand-sewn alligator leather with blue stitching

     

Limited edition of 8 timepieces

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