Christophe Claret

MUSIC

For 25 years, Christophe Claret has created many chiming movements. However, he has always dreamt of creating a wristwatch movement capable of playing a wide range of notes like a music box and Orchestra is the perfect illustration of that dream. Orchestra’s rich melodies are thanks to the musical comb with 20 teeth, which by moving laterally, plays two melodies

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Combining precision micro engineering with the finest traditional techniques, it took Christophe Claret two full years to develop the optimal solution for transmitting the sound from the combs inside the case to the air outside.

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Orchestra

For 25 years, Christophe Claret has created many chiming movements: Minute-repeaters, Westminster minute repeaters, and grandes sonneries, plus chronographs and gaming watches with chimes signaling specific functions. 

However, he has always dreamt of creating a wristwatch movement capable of playing a wide range of notes like a music box. Now, with a comb capable of playing 20 individual notes plucked by 120 pins on a revolving cylinder, Orchestra is the perfect illustration of that dream. Creating Orchestra was a massive technical challenge as developing its rich melodies was a lot more complex than may first appear. 

Orchestra offers two different musical scores. It is equipped with a mechanism that offers the option of playing one of the two melodies at each passing hour; playing a melody on demand thanks to the detent A, or not playing a tune at all (‘silent mode’). Furthermore, each note of the 20-tooth comb has been tuned by hand in order to obtain the most precise musical note. Each cylinder has more than 120 pins that are all adjusted by hand. It is the positioning of the pins on the cylinder that is responsible for playing the two musical scores requested by Orchestra’s owner. For that purpose, there must be a specific “musical arrangement” made by a musician. 

It took Christophe Claret two full years to develop the best solution for transmitting the sound from the combs inside the case to the air outside. A patent has been obtained for the ingenious system optimizing the acoustic properties and rich tonality of Orchestra’s melodies. 

In Christophe Claret’s opinion, the Orchestra timepiece is even more complicated than a tourbillon Westminster repeater. It is equipped with the movement that has the most musical depth out of the 70 calibers created by Manufacture Claret.

Reference : MTR.CC50.901

  • Movement

    Caliber :
    CC950, hand-wound
    Two barrels: one for the watch movement, the other for the musical mechanism
    Musical mechanism featuring 20-tooth comb plucked by 120 pins on a rotating cylinder, which moves laterally to play two tunes.
    Detent A escapement

    Dimensions:
    Diameter: 31.60 mm
    Height: 10 mm (excluding dial)

    Number of components: 494
    Number of jewels: 47
    Power reserve: Approx. 40 hours

    Escapement:
    Swiss lever-type, 4 Hz / 28,800 vph

  • 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: Ø 45 x 52.62 x 15.50 mm
    Splash resistant

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