Christophe Claret

Christophe Claret is a Swiss luxury watch brand. Notable Christophe Claret watches include the Christophe Claret Soprano, Christophe Claret Kantharos, Christophe Claret Dragon Watch, Christophe Claret Tiger Watch, Christophe Claret Tourbillon de la Roche, Christophe Claret Musical Watch. Christophe Claret was born in Lyon in 1962. He entered the Geneva Watchmaking School in 1978 and went on to train with cabinotier Roger Dubuis. That same year, he opened his first workshop for restoring old watches in his family home, where he also devoted himself to another mechanical passion – that of restoring motorbikes. In 1982, he graduated as a watchmaker. At the 1987 Basel fair, Rolf Schnyder – the new owner of the Ulysse Nardin brand – ordered twenty minute-repeater calibers with San Marco jacks from Claret. Two years later, Christophe Claret founded the eponymous Manufacture, and it soon became a benchmark in the field of grand complication calibers. By 2009, Christophe Claret was known as a watchmaker specialising in grand complications, and decided to present his first watch in his own name – the DualTow. The Christophe Claret brand now belongs to a circle of independent Haute Horlogerie brands that design, develop and produce their watches entirely in-house. We cover Christophe Claret prices, have the Christophe Claret price list on our database, show you Christophe Claret watches for sale and help you to identify false Christophe Claret replica. We also have dozens of new and vintage Christophe Claret watches in our luxury watch database, with Christophe Claret photos, Christophe Claret price list infos, Christophe Claret sale data and Christophe Claret watch band info. We have Christophe Claret watch news, blog posts, updates and other posts about Christophe Claret watches as well as Christophe Claret watch infos. Christophe Claret watches are available globally during auctions.

Look, Ma, No Hands: 10 Watches That Tell Time Differently


The vast majority of watches stick to traditional hour and minute hands to display the time, but a handful of bold manufacturers use their technical prowess to find new, innovative, and often downright audacious methods to indicate the hours, minutes, and occasionally even other functions. Below is a list of unusual watches that deviate from the conventional time-telling style, finding creative alternatives to hour and minute hands. … [Read more...]

3 Exceptional Boutique Watches We Found Outside of SIHH 2015

Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Monsieur Bovet

Every year at Geneva's SIHH watch salon, a host of luxury watch brands (most of them owned by the Richemont Group) unveil their new timepieces to international retailers, collectors, and journalists. In recent years, other smaller, non-participating brands have set up shop outside of the SIHH in Geneva's luxury hotels, displaying new models of their own. Here are three notable examples of such watches that we found this year. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Very Unusual Timepieces

Urwer UR202S

Since I started writing my thoughts and ideas about watches on my blog, Fratellowatches, I have been visiting the big watch fairs like Baselworld and the SIHH in Geneva. Sometimes, one comes across some very odd-looking watches at these fairs — watches that perhaps should not be defined as watches, but as mechanical art or — as MB&F's Maximilian Büsser puts it — horological machines. … [Read more...]



At last year's SIHH 2014 in Geneva, we saw and covered so many new watches, we're concerned our readers might have missed some of our  updates. To make it easier for you to see everything we covered, we've created this handy recap with links to all 47 watches we covered over the watch fair's four days. As we head to SIHH 2015 it's worth a look back at the novelties from 2014. … [Read more...]

16 Prize-Winning Watches from the 2014 Geneva Grand Prix

Breguet Classique Chronometrie 7727

On October 31st, the 14th annual Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève — the watch world's equivalent of the Oscars — was held at Geneva's Grande Theatre. The international jury of watch experts handed out prizes in 16 categories, including the prestigious "Aiguille d'Or" grand prize, awarded to Breguet for its Classiqu Chronometrie. Scroll down for the full list of winners. … [Read more...]

Kicking Off JCK/Couture 2014: 6 Las Vegas Watches for High Rollers

Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

WatchTime returns to Las Vegas this week for the JCK 2014 and Couture 2014 watch and jewelry shows, starting on Thursday, May 29. As a preview to our live coverage of new watches at the show, we're re-presenting last year's list of luxury watches that evoke the spirit of Las Vegas. Check out these six watches inspired by Sin City and its games of chance, including some watches that double as functioning games themselves. … [Read more...]

Baselworld 2014: Christophe Claret Maestoso with Live Images


Christophe Claret’s latest superwatch features a unique traditional pivoted detent escapement with constant force and a cylindrical balance spring. The movement incorporates three patented developments. The entire watch - case, hands and all the parts of the movement, including the balance spring – was designed, manufactured and assembled in Claret's workshops. This is the ultimate in in-house. … [Read more...]

Video: Christophe Claret Teases Kantharos

Christophe Claret, a brand known for creating complicated timepieces (like the Soprano, seen at SIHH), has posted a teaser video for its Baselworld 2013 novelty, the Kantharos. The video provides a sneak peek of the movement of the watch, which is a mono-pusher chronograph with constant force mechanism. The watch will be formally unveiled at Baselworld 2013, on the first day of the brand's exhibit at the fair, which will last from April 24th to May 2nd. Be sure to check during … [Read more...]

More from Geneva: Christophe Claret, De Bethune, Urwerk, and Moser


The SIHH takes place at the massive Palexpo convention center near the Geneva airport, but during that week in January, the whole city becomes a new-watch paradise. My final day in Geneva took me away from the halls of the SIHH to take a look at a number of other new watches, from brands that were not part of the show, shown to retailers and journalists either in suites at one of the city's opulent hotels or at the smaller Geneva Time Exhibition (GTE) show, held at the Bâtiment des Forces … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret’s Soprano Tourbillon Minute Repeater Takes the Stage


Christophe Claret, known for creating complicated timepieces with tourbillons and repeater mechanisms, has released his most ambitious such model yet, called the Soprano. The watch's signature features are its 60-second tourbillon, stepped "Charles X" bridges made of sapphire, and a musically accurate four-note minute repeater striking Westminster chimes on cathedral gongs. … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret Releases 21 Blackjack Video


Christophe Claret's February press release only hinted at the aesthetics and complications of his newest creation, the 21 Blackjack. Now the maestro reveals more about the new piece in a high-energy video. Find a link to the show inside. Shuffle up and deal. … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack


Christophe Claret has released teaser images of his next new creation, called 21 Blackjack, which will officially debut next month during Baselworld. Coming on the heels of the Adagio's launch last month in Geneva, 2011 is shaping up to be an annus mirabilis for the master from Le Soleil D’Or. Find wallpaper and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret Adagio


For years Christophe Claret labored in relative obscurity creating horological masterpieces sold under the names of others. To date he has devised and executed 68 unique complicated movements. In 2009, the man behind the curtain released the first timepiece widely marketed under his own name. Following the "bravos", Claret is launching a second piece bearing his name. His encore is called Adagio. … [Read more...]

An Afternoon with Christophe Claret


In many ways, the story of Christophe Claret is the story of the Swiss watch industry. He is independent and innovative. Much of his work is done in secrecy. He designed and created many of the most complicated movements introduced during the past 20 years. Now, Claret emerges from behind the curtain to produce timepieces under his own name. … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret DualTow NightEagle – Stealth That Gets Noticed


Last year Christophe Claret generated the biggest buzz at Baselworld with the DualTow, a wonder of the horological world created to mark the Manufacture's 20th anniversary. For 2010, a new, black DualTow appears with the intriguing name NightEagle. If you look closely at the movement and squint, you can see a tiny, polished sign that reads "Genius at work." … [Read more...]

PALACE COUP: Jean Dunand’s Newest Watch is a Tribute to the Industrial Revolution


What sets Jean Dunand apart from other luxury watch brands — aside from its extremely limited production and lofty price points — is the fact that each collection has a totally different look, with no “house style” and very few unifying brand characteristics. The only common principle behind each Jean Dunand model, as voiced by the brand’s owners, Thierry Oulevay and Christophe Claret, is that duo’s love of the Art Deco era and its distinctive design principles. … [Read more...]

DeWitt’s Wild Antipode


Jerome DeWitt is a charming man who knows how to create suspense, and how to create watches. We entered his elegant booth at Basel and were seated in comfortable chairs around a low table. As the presentation began, Mr. DeWitt produced what looked like a substantial watch on a small stand, covered with a cloth, and he set it on the table, still covered. He moved like a magician holding a bird just placed under a colorful silk. You know the bird is about to disappear, so you focus on it hoping to … [Read more...]

Christophe Claret’s Amazing DualTow


The biggest buzz in Basel surrounded Christophe Claret’s DualTow, an amazing timepiece created to celebrate the eponymous manufacture’s 20th anniversary. The hand-winding caliber CC20A has 582 parts including 73 jewels and features a one-minute tourbillon and a patented single-pusher planetary-gear chronograph with a striking mechanism that chimes when the chronograph pusher is activated. All parts except the hairspring are made in Mr. Claret’s manufacture. The hours and minutes are … [Read more...]