Discover the new Christophe Claret X-Trem 1 Pinball only watch
Christophe Claret presents its unique piece for the 2013 Only Watch auction: The X-TREM 1 PINBALL
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CHRISTOPHE CLARET - X-TREM 1 PINBALL ONLY WATCH
UNIQUE PIECE FOR THE 2013 ONLY WATCH AUCTION
The Only Watch charity auction 2013 is to benefit research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, held in Monaco on September under the patronage of Prince Albert II.
For the fifth charity auction Only Watch, Christophe Claret has a fantastic unique timepiece inspired by pinball machines: The X-TREM 1 PINBALL
This unique timepiece was inspired by the pinball machines, with its tiny metal balls, indicating hours and minutes through new tubes sapphire grilled.
The brand also modified the appearance of the movement so that it resembles the inside of a pinball machine: bumpers, slingshots and balls are all evoked in the mechanism highly visible, and used the colors blue and bright orange to reflect the concept of Pinball machines.
A UNIQUE TIMEPIECE FOR A GREAT CAUSE
This unique piece, took several months to develop, and Christophe Claret is paying tribute to both children suffering from myopathic disorders and to the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, whose fundraising and research aims to help such children.
Each stage in the production of this beautiful timepiece represented a bold undertaking. High strength, ultra-light titanium was used for the three-dimensional curvex mainplate and the bridges, a world first for such a complex calibre.
The flying tourbillon is equipped with double ceramic bearings to maximise reliability and is inclined at a 30-degree angle in order to make it even more clearly visible to the wearer.
The ratchet wheels and the crown wheel have been transformed into pinball bumpers, while a pinball-style slingshot has been placed at 10 o’clock. The hand-wound movement is powered by two barrels, the first reserved for the tourbillon, the second for the mechanism powering the hours and minutes. The case is made from white gold with palladium and Perunal-type aluminium, a state-of-the-art material used especially in aviation. The deep blue colour was obtained through anodisation.
HOUR AND MINUTE DISPLAY WITH A MAGNETIC LEVITATION SYSTEM
The system comprises two tiny steel spheres which move inside two small mesh tubes (base in white gold, mesh in stainless steel), and mounted on the right and left of the case. The balls are invisibly pulled by two miniature magnetised carriages, which in turn are pulled by cables. The cables are incredibly strong and flexible, made from hundreds of Dyneema nanofibres all contained within an ultra-high-strength polyethylene gel. Thinner than a human hair (4 hundredths of a mm in diameter), these cables are capable of withstanding tensile forces of up to a kilo.
The spheres have no mechanical connection with the movement, this patented technology was developed in partnership with the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD), in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
This watch is an evidence that the watchmaker has never lost his childlike joie de vivre.
CHRISTOPHE CLARET - X TREM 1 MOVEMENT
JOSÉ SOUSA - PRESENTWATCH:
We sincerely hope that the auction is a huge success to raise as much money as possible for this noble cause.
TECHNICAL DETAILS - X-TREM 1 PINBALL
Flying tourbillon inclined at 30° supported by a double ceramic bearing
With cone-shaped pinion transmission Swiss lever escapement
Dual barrels: one for the movement gear train and one for the time indications
Tourbillon rotates once every 60 seconds
Use of magnetic fields in a mechanical movement
No mechanical connection between the display and the movement
Fine adjustment system for the retrograde display return-spring
Mainplate Curvex inclined at 30°
Mainplate and bridges in bead-blasted titanium
Customised ratchet wheel and wheel
With 419 components
DISPLAY REGULATION ESCAPEMENT:
The tourbillon movement and the time indication gear trains each have their own independent energy supply to optimise the power reserve
21,600 vph 3 (Hz)
26,60mm x 46,40mm x 11,94mm
Magical hour and minutes display outside the case, indicator with hollow spheres moving in two cylindrical mesh tubes - Cable-drawn magnet carriage
Seconds displayed on the tourbillon cage
Open barrel acts as movement state-of-wind indicator: when the movement is fully wound the spring is centred in the barrel
Rectangular with curvex profile
Polished white gold/Blue anodised Perunal-type aluminium
HOUR AND MINUTE DISPLAY:
Hours and minutes are indicated by two 4mm-diameter hollowed spheres weighing 0.100 grams that move past sapphire scales marked with thin orange Super-LumiNova graduations beneath the sapphire
Fast time adjustment is via an integrated pusher on the middle at 12 o’clock
Winding and time-setting via rotating "bows" that fold under caseback
40,80mm x 56,80mm x 15,00mm
Sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating
3 Bar = 30 meters
Blue alligator, orange stitching, equipped with an innovative two-screw fastening system that facilitates strap change and avoids damaging the case
Folding clasp with gold buckle
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