Written by Chaz Nash
Christophe Claret continues to rock watch aficionados with incredible timepieces that sport both diverse presence and complications. Claret’s new Kantharos Chronograph watch reveals his ability to manufacture consistently some of the most unusual organic watch complications as presented in this pre-BaselWorld video. (Click picture above to visually experience the technical complications of Kantharos).
Kantharos makes a powerful statement in a titanium case contrasted with red accented hour/minute and seconds hands, a grey background dial featuring (possibly) titanium or stainless steel accents around the two chronograph registers. The dial features two chronograph sub-dials featuring 12-hour and 30-minute registers. The 12-hour register is located at 9 o’clock has the words “Chronographe” and “Sonnerie” indicated on it. Sonnerie is French which translated means “ring” or “strike.” When the Chronographe Sonnerie is activated by the mono-pusher located at 2 o’clock on the case an audible chime or gong is pleasantly heard.
The 30-minute register, located at 3 o’clock, displays the words “Force Constante” and “75 Rubis”. The Force Constante refers to Kantharos escapement and of course its 75 ruby jewels. The ruby jewels are visible just below both registers as well near and on the escapement (aka heartbeat of the watch) wheel. The Force Constante, said to be the Holy Grail of technical complications that watch manufacturers strive to master, minimizes the friction the lever’s pallets experienced when it slides against and meet the escapement wheel’s teeth. The Force Constante helps to minimize this friction thereby maintaining the time accuracy of the watch.
Kantharos has, of course, a Swiss Made mechanical movement which can be seen through its exhibition caseback. It is adorned with a black alligator leather strap that sports tailored red stitching and a deploying buckle.
Christophe Claret Kantharos Chronograph actual watch details will be further unveiled at BaselWorld in The Dream Factory booth, at the Palace April 24th- May 2nd, 2013. As to availability, word has it pre-orders are being taken for Kantharos as it is a limited edition timepiece and the demand for this amazing watch is exceptionally high! As would be expected it is, after all, a Christophe Claret timepiece.