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WHO IS BEHIND THE BRAND CHRISTOPHE CLARET

During 1962, Christophe Claret was born into a well-established family in Lyon, France. At the tender age of 14, he spent more than a year in the workshop of a watchmaker disassembling and assembling timepiece mechanism in order to clean and service them.

With his passion given birth at age 16, Claret was admitted to the Geneva Watchmaking School, a time in which he was simultaneously setting up his on Lyon workshop.

Following graduation, Claret became an understudy of Roger Dubuis, a watchmaker of considerable skill that young Claret had met during watch school. It was through Dubuis that Claret learned the skill to work with perpetual calendars.

Soon after, Claret enrolled in Chambre des Métiers in Lyon for training in corporate management while continuing his research into complicated timepieces.

In 1984, Claret created his first emblematic skeletonized watches and just two years later created his first hour and quarter repeaters with jaquemarts on the dial, also commonly known as jacks.

A chance encounter in 1987 with Rolf Schnyder, who had recently purchased the watch brand Ulysse Nardin, led to a substantial order for Claret's business—20 minute-repeaters with jacks. And this ultimately led to Claret creating his own watch company bearing his name and located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. With this move, Claret became well known in watchmaking circles throughout the world.

To mark his company’s tenth anniversary, Claret introduced the first musical wristwatch to chime in passing and on demand, featuring a 20-tooth comb and playing two tunes.

Christophe Claret acquired a substantial Le Locle mansion, the Soleil d’Or, during 1999, and transformed it into an innovative manufacture of complicated movements and complete timepieces, including design, development and production.

Claret celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Manufacture, by launching the DualTow, which is a pivotal time for the company—transitioning from pure manufacturing to manufacturing and producing its own brand under the Christophe Claret banner. The rest is known history.

—GLEN B BOWEN, COPYRIGHT, 2017

THE BEST OF TRADITIONS, THE FUTURE OF INVENTIONS

Fine watchmaking manufacturer Christophe Claret offers highly complex and exclusive timepieces, reserved for devotees of rare and precious objects.

The watches in the collection are truly exceptional mechanisms. They testify to expertise resolutely geared towards

 

technological innovation and consistently pushing back the limits of watchmaking in order to offer original ways of reading the time.

Christophe Claret draws the best from traditional watchmaking excellence in inventing his own horological future.

THE COLLECTIONS

TRADITIONAL // GAMING // EXTREME //  LADIES // VIDEOS

TRADITIONAL COLLECTION

MAESTOSO

PICTURED: THE MAESTOSO—Traditional pivoted detent escapement with constant force Art in the service of time

GAMING COLLECTION

POKER

Poker is an exceptional automaton watch. Users can immerse themselves in real three-player games of the most popular variant of poker: Texas Hold’em. 

EXTREME COLLECTION

X-TREM-1–STINGHD

Feel the burn! In a spirited touch, breathing on the sapphire crystal reveals a skull motif. This somber and radical watch is fatally attractive!

LADIES COLLECTION

MARGOT

PICTURED: MARGOT..he loves me... he loves me not...the first Christophe Claret complication specifically developed for women.