Christophe Claret

Marcus Aurelius

Aventicum is inspired by a gold bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius unearthed in 1939 at Avenches, Switzerland. At the heart of this timepiece, Christophe Claret has placed a small-scale reproduction of this bust in gold, 3mm high and micro-engraved. Its full beauty can be appreciated thanks to mirascope optics that magnify and project the micro-sculpture like a three-dimensional hologram.


Over 2,000 years ago, the Swiss town of Avenches was called Aventicum. As the capital of Roman Helvetia, Aventicum was an important political, economic and religious center. Christophe Claret hopes this timepiece will raise awareness about the Avenches Roman Museum so it receives support from the Swiss government to construct a new building to showcase the incredible heritage of Aventicum.

  1. Inspiration

  2. Inspiration



Christophe Claret has always been intrigued by the history of Aventicum, which was the capital of Roman Helvetia for more than 300 years and the ruins of which now lie near the Swiss town of Avenches. Even today at the Aventicum excavation sites, archaeologists continue to unearth precious artefacts dating from this rich era of antiquity. Among the excavated objects was a priceless finding: a solid gold bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, which was found in 1939 when an old pipe was being cleaned.

A micro-engraved gold replica of the Marcus Aurelius bust can be found in the centre of the dial. The faithful, small-scale representation of the Emperor – measuring less than three millimetres – is displayed in magnified form thanks to a clever invention called the mirascope. In implementing this optical effect in Aventicum, the bust of Marcus Aurelius looks as if it is thrusting out of the middle of the watch.

Turning over Aventicum, the patented, transparent sapphire-winding rotor of the automatic movement can be admired through the display back. The rotor is embellished with five numbered Roman Gaul racing chariots in full swing of a thrilling competition.

Aventicum is available in two limited editions: 68 pieces in 5N red gold and anthracite PVD-treated, grade 5 titanium; and 38 pieces in palladium-rich white gold and anthracite PVD-treated, grade 5 titanium.

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Reference : MTR.AVE15.001-068

  • Movement

    Caliber: AVE15, automatic-winding

    - Diameter: 26.20 mm
    - Height: 3.37 mm (excluding hands)

    Number of parts: 186
    Number of jewels: 28
    Barrels: Twin barrels
    Power reserve: 72 hours

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

    ‘Mystery’ winding rotor in transparent sapphire adorned with 5 high-definition metalized chariots

  • Functions

    Hour and minute display around chapter ring

  • Case

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

  • Material

    Red gold and grey anthracite grade 5 PVD titanium
    Hands in anticorodal, anodized black
    Indexes in 4N pink gold tips, black lacquered

    Red gold and grey anthracite grade 5 PVD titanium with cabochon in black PVD titanium

    Black alligator leather with black stitching

    ‘Mystery’ winding rotor in transparent sapphire adorned with 5 high-definition metalized Chariots

Limited edition of 68 pieces


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