This stunning one-of-a-kind Christophe Claret Adagio Minute Repeater Reference SLB88.902 timepiece demonstrates technically challenging watchmaking techniques and the characteristic, creative flair which has gained this Independent Master Watchmaker world-wide acclaim. With a luxurious array of precious stones and a unique Onyx dial, this is a showcase piece for the seasoned watch collector.
Boasting complex mechanics, meticulous engraving and skilful gem-setting, hundreds of hours were invested by a miscellany of craftsmen, in order to create this extraordinary timepiece.
The model carries a supremely lustrous black Onyx dial with resplendent central hour and minutes hands. As if to enhance the richness of the Onyx, three individual, golden rimmed apertures are distributed, allowing an abundance of empty, glossy dial space between them.
Taking up position at the 9 o’clock location is a running seconds display, with a dual time subdial with day/night indicator between 2 and 3 o’clock. A digital double date display at the 6 o’clock proclaims the provenance of the piece with Christophe Claret and Adagio branding engraved onto the gold frame of its generous window.
The eye-pleasing architecture of this unique dial on its own would be enough to seduce those with a penchant for sumptuous aesthetics. However, this piece also features an exceptionally beautiful watchcase.
Sized at 44mm and constructed from Red Gold of 5N purity, the lugs and the bezel have been set with an array of baguette-cut diamonds totalling 6.12cts. Accompanying this dazzling display, the exquisite hand-engraving on the lugs and on the case side, featuring a variety of Renaissance-inspired musical instruments, alludes to the melodious nature of this Minute Repeater wristwatch.
Operable via the decorated slider on the case side, the delightful chimes of the minute repeater sound the hours, quarters and minutes with tiny hammers and Cathedral gongs.
The compelling resonance of these delicate tones, which are the unmistakeable mark of an ultra-complex timepiece, ensure that Minute Repeater watches such as this model, continue to be coveted by aficionados of Haute Horlogerie.
Housed within the stunning artisan watchcase, the manual wound Christophe Claret Manufacture SLB88 Calibre beats at 18,000vph. Composed of 455 parts and with 46 jewels, the movement provides a power reserve of 48 hours when fully wound. Fully visible via the sapphire caseback, the intricate architecture of the Minute Repeater mechanisms can also be appreciated.
The Christophe Claret Adagio Ref SLB88.902 Pièce Unique comes presented on a black alligator leather strap with a Red Gold 5N buckle.