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By Zahra Al-Kateb | September 15 2014
Christophe Claret are proud to announce that two timepieces – Margot and Soprano – have been preselected by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) 2014 jury ahead of next month’s prize-giving ceremony.
Margot has been preselected in the top 6 watches in the “Ladies’ High-Mech” category; Soprano in the top 6 watches in the category for “Striking” timepieces. The winner of each category will be announced at the red-carpet GPHG ceremony held at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre on Friday, October 31st. Margot is Christophe Claret’s first ladies’ watch complication. Presented at Baselworld 2014, this timepiece – hailed for its consummate style and originality – gives a poetic, playful and romantic slant to high-end, precision watchmaking. Margot features an ingenious mechanism that lets the wearer play “He loves me, he loves me not” by pressing a pusher at 2 o’clock, which ‘picks’ petals off a delightful dial-side depiction of a daisy.
The elusive answer appears in a window at 4 o’clock: un peu (a little), beaucoup (a lot), passionnément (passionately), à la folie (madly), pas du tout (not at all). How does your sweetheart feel about you? Margot whispers the answer… At each press of the pusher, a distinct, crystalline chime resonates, aurally signaling the pace of the game, while on the back of the watch, there is a rollercoaster ride of emotions with a color-sentiment game played out on the automatic winding rotor.
As for Soprano, this exceptional timepiece features two major complications: a 60-second tourbillon and 4-note minute repeater striking Westminster Quarters on patented cathedral gongs. As with all Christophe Claret timepieces, technical watchmaking excellence is married with sublime aesthetics, right down to the smallest details. The 60-second tourbillon carriage is on full view through the open dial at 6 o’clock and is supported by a single arm stepped bridge in the characteristic style of Charles X. Soprano’s case combines titanium with either white or red gold.
As timepieces preselected by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Margot and Soprano will feature as part of GPHG 2014’s international tour. Dates and venues are as follows:
New Delhi, India: Imperial Hotel, September 27th, 2014 / Swiss Embassy, September 26th, 2014 Beijing, China: Yishu 8 – Maison des Arts, October 10th to 13th, 2014. Geneva, Switzerland: Cité du Temps, October 22nd to November 2nd, 2014
Additionally, the winning GPHG watches will be exhibited in London as part of Salon QP, from November 6th to 8th, 2014.
Christophe Claret is a haute horlogerie brand whose exclusive timepieces are available in four collections: Traditional Complications, Extreme Watches, Casino Game Watches and Ladies’ Complications. In its own special way, each timepiece is an expression of the values that define and distinguish the master watchmaker himself: innovation, perfection, passion, uniqueness and exclusivity.
(Source: Christophe Claret)