Characterised by its Haute Horlogerie provenance, the Christophe Claret Soprano White Gold Ref TRD98.050-058 has been enhanced with vibrant aesthetics, unique to this model. This superb infusion of complex watchmaking mechanisms and contemporary styling has engendered an exclusive and alluring timepiece.
The piece carries a rounded, white gold 45mm watch case, enhanced with slate blue PVD-treated Grade 5 Titanium elements. Under the gently domed sapphire crystal, a slate blue chapter ring, with sapphire blue baton hour markers take up position at the outer dial. Just within it, a narrow sapphire ring enables a panoramic view of the intricate components which are arranged beneath.
Here, held securely under the stepped, open-worked bridges, the barrel is exposed at the 12 o’clock while below it, the fully visible compelling motion of the one-minute tourbillon underscores the sophisticated architecture of this impressive model.
On their own, these superb, exposed intricacies would be enough to assuage any seasoned watch collector but, this model also incorporates a Minute Repeater, which is considered by many to be the absolute pinnacle of all the Haute Horlogerie Complications.
Upon activating the mechanism via the slider on the left side of the case, four tiny hammers peel out the hours, quarters and minutes in Westminster chimes, as each strikes its own gong. With single strikes for hours and minutes, all four hammers denote each quarter in a clear, resonating chorus which is as delightful as it is discreet. To accompany this charming performance, the wearer can also view the patented hammer mechanisms as they chime their exquisite, melodious tones.
This profusion of technically challenging features is demanding of an exceptional calibre. And, visible through the case back sapphire, the complex, labyrinthine structure of the Manufacture TRD98 hand winding movement is revealed. Comprising of no fewer than 450 individual components, it beats at 21,600vph, enabling a power reserve of seventy-two hours, when fully wound.
A Haute Horlogerie timepiece for connoisseurs of high-end watchmaking, the superb Christophe Claret Soprano Ref TRD98.050-058 comes presented on a navy blue alligator leather strap. Ensuring exclusivity, this model is limited to just 8 pieces.