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.
The 21 Blackjack combines traditional timekeeping functions (hours and minutes) with three mechanically-animated games of chance: Blackjack (with a striking mechanism), roulette, and a dice game. Precisely how these games function remains in the shadows for the moment. We know that the dial contains a total of 5 windows: two for the bank activated by a push-button at 10 o’clock, and three for the player activated by a push-button at 8 o’clock. The hours and minutes are displayed quite traditionally by center-mounted metal and ruby or metal and ceramic hands.
The 45mm case is available in four versions: grey titanium, black PVD-treated titanium, black PVD-treated titanium and 18K white gold, and 18K pink gold. All versions have two side windows next to the crown, one revealing the striking hammer with its gong, and the other two dice. The back of the watch offers roulette in 3D rotating in step with the watch movement.
The two dial options are tinted sapphire featuring a plate adorned with motifs linked to the world of casinos, or black onyx.
The movement is denominated Calibre BLJ08, with 501 parts, 40 jewels, 7 double ceramic ball-bearing mechanisms, and twin barrels providing a 72-hour power reserve.
The price in Swiss francs will range from 168,000 to 198,000, depending on the version.
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