Christophe Claret presented yet another innovative timepiece with the high-end mechanism featuring a cathedral gong. It is an attractive, mono-pusher chronograph that reveals all main elements of its movement, partially on the dial side, and completely through a transparent case-back. In addition to the mechanical chime complication, which is nicely revealed at the 10 o’clock position, there is a constant force escapement, contributing to the great precision of the watch. New Christophe Claret Kantharos watch comes in five exquisite variations, each presenting an original combination of high quality materials and different colors of the dial.
The robust case of the new Kantharos Chronograph has the diameter of 45 mm, which guarantees a modern sporty design and a large, opened dial. Two versions are made of titanium, while three models come in alluring combination of gold (either white or pink) and anthracite titanium. Either anthracite, pink or rhodium plated black dial features two beautifully executed chrono sub-dials, one for counting 12 hours and the other one that indicates 30-minute intervals.
Between them, there is an aperture, ensuring a clear view at the constant-force escapement, which provides a hypnotic visual effect, while constantly operating with the same level of energy from the beginning to the end of the power reserve. Placed underneath the sapphire bridge, this advanced feature significantly reduces time variations. Nicely designed and highly readable hour numerals and markers, as well as the minute track at the outer rim, together form a thrilling 3-D effect and at the same time, increase high functionally of the watch. At the 10 o’clock position, there is the brand’s patented cathedral gong that audibly chimes each time the function is changed (start, stop, reset) by the mono-pusher, located at the 2 o’clock position, just above the winding crown.
Despite the attractive design and a wide range of exquisite materials, it is clear that the renowned watchmaker once again put the emphasis on the mechanical parts. A sapphire crystal case-back reveals a Christophe Claret Calibre MBA13 self-winding movement built of 558 components, including 75 jewels. It beats with 21,600 vibrations per hour and has the power-reserve of 48 hours. Depending on the version, its anthracite rhodium-plated main plate and bridges incorporate either white or pink gold gears.
Christophe Claret Kantharos Chronograph in Five Stunning Versions
A white gold/ grade 5 anthracite gray PVD titanium version features a matching anthracite dial with white gold indices and ruby red and black PVD hands. This stylish model is available with a black alligator strap with red stitching.
Two versions are made of 5N pink gold and grade 5 anthracite gray PVD titanium. The first one features an anthracite dial with ruby red and black PVD hands, while the second model comes with a pink dial with black ceramic and anthracite gray PVD hands and 5N pink gold chrono appliqués. Both are available with black alligator straps with black stitching.
A Grade 5 titanium version is characteristic by its beautiful and contrasting polished and satin-finished surfaces. It has a rhodium-plated dial with black PVD chrono appliqués and ruby red and black PVD hands.
Finally, there is a Grade 5 titanium version treated with black PVD for a distinctive bold look. Its anthracite dial features a blue spinel and a black PVD hand, as well as a blue chrono hand with a Super-Luminova arrow. Its titanium crown comes with a blue spinel cabochon, and finally, for the completed aesthetic effect, there is a blue stitching on a black alligator strap.
There is no doubt that this model will be highly sought-after among collectors. Although one could say that the price of 96,000 Swiss Francs is extremely high, it is significantly lower than some previous masterpieces from Christophe Claret’s manufactory.