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.
The Adagio features central hour and minute hands, small seconds at 9 o’clock in a window or subdial, depending on the versions, along with a large date at 6 o’clock and a dual time-zone (hours and minutes) display complete with day/night indication in a subdial at 2 o’clock.
This timepiece is equipped with Calibre SLB88, naturally created entirely in house, composed of 455 parts and measuring 34mm in diameter. Striking the hours, quarters and minutes on demand, the “cathedral gongs” of the striking mechanism are fitted with a patented device preventing them from knocking against each other when they vibrate under the hammer blows. Also patented is the large date display, which features an all-new construction. The crown is equipped with a security system: when the mainspring is fully wound, a mechanism disconnects the winding stem to avoid any potential damage due to excessive tension.
The Adagio is available in three colors – rose gold, white gold or platinum. The 44mm case is water-resistant to 30 meters. It is fitted with two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock to adjust the large date and dual time-zone displays, as well as a slide-piece controlling the striking mechanism at 9 o’clock.
The dial comes in a choice of three versions. The first highlights the ancestral art of guilloché-work or engine-turning on gold – white gold in this particular case – enhanced by the blued hour, minute, seconds, and dual time-zone hands. The second option is created using gemstones such as black onyx, ruby, jade, opal or lapis lazuli. And finally, the third features a rhodiumed anthracite gold base punctuated by stamped dials, creating a three-dimensional effect. All models are supplied with an alligator leather strap and issued in limited edition of eight per dial and case version.
The Adagio is priced at SFr.268,000 for the rose gold and white gold versions and SFr.318,000 for the platinum version.
Technical specifications appear below the images, which may be enlarged with a click.
Diameter: 34 mm
Number of parts: 455
Number of jewels: 46
Power reserve: approx. 48 hours
The Adagio watch with hour, quarter and minute repeater, large date and GMT indicates:
• Central hours and minutes, seconds at 9 o’clock in a dial or through a window
• The large date at 6 o’clock
• The time in a second time-zone with day/night indication in a subdial at 2 o’clock and strikes on demand (cathedral chime)
• Hours (low-pitched tone)
• Quarter-hours (alternating low- and high-pitched tones)
• Minutes (high-pitched tone)
Case: available in 18K white gold, rose gold or platinum
Diameter: 44 mm
Water resistance of the case: 30 m (3 ATM)
Dial: 3 versions: hand-guilloché; gemstone (lapis lazuli, black onyx, ruby, jade, opal), or rhodiumed anthracite gold.
Strap: alligator leather
Number of watches: limited edition of eight per dial and case version
Retail price in Swiss francs: 268,000 for the rose gold and white gold versions; 318,000 for the platinum version