Christophe Claret

THE POWER OF SYMBOLS

The Mecca timepiece features a wealth of emblematic elements and references to the Muslim faith. The black spinel at 7 o’clock symbolizes the black stone located at the South-East angle of the Kaaba through which Muslims start the seven rounds of the Tawaf. This same stone, as described in the Koran before it became black due to repeated touching by pilgrims, is represented by a natural diamond at 5 o’clock.

A MESSAGE OF PEACE

Christophe Claret unveils a timepiece whose symbolic power is highlighted by a mirascope. At the center of this limited edition conveying a message of peace, the iconic Kaaba monument – symbolizing the Muslim faith and built at the center of the sacred mosque in the Holy City of Mecca – appears to literally burst out of the dial.

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MECCA

Exactly like the effigy of Emperor Marcus Aurelius enthroned at the heart of the Aventicum model, it is the micro-engraving of the Kaaba which is highlighted by the mirascope in the center of the dial of Mecca.

The Mecca timepiece features a wealth of emblematic elements and references to the Muslim faith. The Arabic hour numerals were then replaced at 5 o’clock by a white ceramic stone and at 7 o’clock by a black spinel. The latter symbolizes the black stone located at the South-East angle of the Kaaba through which Muslims start the seven rounds of the Tawaf in a counterclockwise direction. The white ceramic represents this same stone, as described in the Koran before it became black due to repeated touching by pilgrims.

The aesthetic and symbolic spectacle is continued on to the back of the Mecca timepiece. The ball-bearing cover is adorned with a transfer depicting the Kaaba, with the movement’s self-winding oscillating weight rotating around it. Crafted in sapphire so as to reveal the meticulous movement finishing, the oscillating weight bears a transferred world map featuring white dots symbolizing Muslims turning around the Kaaba.

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Reference : MTR.AVE15.200-263

  • Movement

    Caliber: AVE15, automatic-winding
    Dimensions: Diameter: 26.20 mm / Height: 3.37 mm (without hands)
    Number of parts: 186
    Number of jewels: 28
    Barrels: Twin barrels
    Power reserve: 72 hours

    Escapement
    Frequency: 4 Hz (28’800 vph)
    Swiss lever

    Features
    ‘Mystery’ oscillating weight with sapphire crystal segment and transferred motifs

  • Functions

    Central hours and minutes 
    Seconds displayed in window on dial
    Sonnerie melody can be played on demand, set to play on the hour, or silent
    Two melodies – selected melody is shown in window at 11 o’clock 
    Musical mechanism’s power reserve is displayed in window at 1 o’clock

  • Case

    Dimensions: 44 x 52.11 x 18.49 mm
    Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

  • Material

    Case:
    Grade 5 titanium and anthracite gray grade 5 PVD titanium
    Hands in anticorodal, anodized black, 3N yellow gold

    Crown:
    Grade 5 titanium and anthracite gray grade 5 PVD titanium

    Strap:
    Black alligator leather with black stitching

  • Distinctive features

    Front:
    The Mecca timepiece is inspired by the Aventicum model: the dial center features a mirascope with a micro-engraving of the Kaaba, the cube-shaped “sacred mosque” (Masjid al-Haram) in Mecca, around which Muslims turn seven times in an anti-clockwise direction as part of the Tawaf ritual.

    At 7 o’clock, a black spinel symbolizing the black stone located in the South-East angle of the Kaaba, where the Tawaf begins.At 5 o’clock, a natural diamond represents the black stone that the pilgrims touch with each turn and which was initially white in the Koran.

    The Kaaba is surrounded by an engraved Oriental-inspired motif lacquered in green and grey. 

    Back:
    The ball-bearing cover bears a transfer depicting the Kaaba, considered to be the center of the world.

    On the sapphire oscillating weight revealing the movement, a transferred world map depicted with white dots symbolizes Muslims turning around the Kaaba, when the oscillating weight turns.

    The circumference of the oscillating weight bears an Oriental-inspired pink transferred motif.

    A decorative plate bears a green transfer bearing three inscriptions in Arabic: 
    At 12 o’clock: Masjid al-Haram, which means “The sacred mosque”;
    At 4 o’clock: Tawaf, which refers to the ritual of seven turns around the Kaaba that Pilgrims must perform;
    At 8 o’clock: Makkah al-Mukarramah, the name of “The Holy City of Mecca”.

Limited edition of 63 pieces.

 

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