Christophe Claret


The natural pink mother-of-pearl dial reveals engraved verses penned by the Arab poet, Qays Al Mulawwah. The poem from which these excerpts are taken tells the story of a young Bedouin poet, whose lifeless body is discovered protecting a final poem dedicated to his lovely cousin Layla, promised to another suitor.


Layla is a variation of Margot, the first Christophe Claret complication specifically developed for women, suffused with oriental colors in a 20-piece limited series.

The eagerly-awaited answer of the “He loves me… he loves me not” game appears at random in calligraphic letters (in Arabic) on the dial at 8 o’clock: Un peu (a little) – beaucoup (a lot) – passionnément (passionately) – à la folie (madly) – pas du tout (not at all)? The difficulty for the Christophe Claret team lay in adapting the movement of the Margot for this interpretation so as to match the right-to-left direction of Arabic script.

The natural pink mother-of-pearl dial reveals delicately engraved verses penned by the Arab poet, Qays Al Mulawwah.

The display back reveals the self-winding rotor, a delicately carved, flower-shaped carousel of colors symbolizing sentiments of love, with a central cabochon concealing the rotor’s ball bearings. Each one of the eight resplendent triangular precious stones denote a feeling – hope, passion, tenderness – also translated into Arabic.

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Reference : MTR.EMT17.150-170 (Layla)

  • Movement

    Calibre: automatic-winding mechanical
    Dimensions: 38.40 x 9.76 mm (without hands)
    Number of components: 731
    Number of jewels: 95
    Barrels: Double barrels
    Power reserve: 72 hours (approx.)
    Escapement: Swiss lever-type, 4 Hz (28’800 vph)

  • Functions

    • Hours and minutes
    • “He loves me... he loves me not” (“Effeuiller la marguerite” in French)
    • Symbolic ”colour-feeling” on the winding rotor
    • Striking chime at each action of the 2 o’clock pusher
  • Case

    Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 14.52 mm
    Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

  • Material

    5N red gold, baguette-set
    69 diamonds in total, 4.80 carats
    Top lugs with feature an emerald
    Hands in steel with 4N pink gold tips

    Pink mother-of-pearl
    White gold prong set with emeralds
    Christophe Claret logo in 4N pink gold 

    5N red gold

    Emerald green alligator leather
    5N red gold prong set with pear-shaped diamond

    5N red gold

20-piece limited series