It was on the 30th floor of the Ramada Plaza Hotel, overlooking the rooftops of Basel, that Christophe Claret chose to unveil the X-TREM-1 STING HD during an exhibition held from March 23rd to 28th 2017.
Unveiled in 2012 and since interpreted through a variety of limited editions, the bestseller of the brand associates the creative horological strike power of Christophe Claret with the trendy signature of the American brand StingHD, specialized in the production of accessories and high-end jewelry in leather and other materials.
The X-TREM-1 has always been an anti-conformist by nature, starting with the innovative technical refinement of its retrograde hours and minutes display: two small steel spheres move within two sapphire tubes thanks to magnetic fields, the arch enemy of horological mechanisms, generated by two miniature magnets.
The large inclined tourbillon, majestically placed at 6 o’clock, is adorned with a black chrome-plated aluminum skull with ruby eyes designed by StingHD. The sapphire tubes previously framing the case of the X-TREM-1 and housing the steel hours and minutes spheres have been replaced by black PVD-treated stainless steel ring-bound tubes.
Never one to skimp on daring features, Christophe Claret has endowed the sapphire crystal with a special treatment that reveals a toothy skull when breathed upon.
This model comes with two straps designed by StingHD: one in black stingray leather, and the other which can be personalized by its owner. In addition, the presentation box also includes a matching, handcrafted bracelet adorned with a black diamond encrusted skull with ruby eyes.
The X-TREM-1 is issued in an 8-piece limited edition retailing at 278,000 Swiss francs.