At Baselworld 2013, Christophe Claret hosted me for a hands-on look at their new striking chronograph with constant force escapement, the Kantharos. Christophe Claret (the man) is among watchmaking’s elite, behind many of the world’s most unique and complicated watches made in the last 25 years. In 2010 he launched his brand under his own name. Claret has a particular aptitude and passion for striking mechanisms and repeaters. The Kantharos is his first watch to be offered at a price under 100,000 Swiss Francs. As well as having a constant force escapement, it chimes upon each push of the chronograph (start/stop/reset). Very impressive.
Case is 45mm round x 15.83 thick, in various combinations:
1) titanium (rhodiumed dial with black PVD and red hands) (pictured), 2) black PVD titanium (anthracite rhodiumed dial with black PVD and blue hands), 3) pink gold and grey PVD titanium (pink dial with black ceramic and grey PVD hands), 4) pink gold and grey PVD titanium (anthracite rhodiumed dial with black PVD and red hands), 5) white gold and grey PVD titanium (black PVD and red hands, anthracite rhodiumed dial)
The constant force escapement is visible beneath a sapphire bridge:
The caliber has an astounding 558 components. It is automatic winding, with chiming chronograph and constant force escapement.
Dimensions: 31.6 x 10.56 mm (without gong) & 37.6 x 10.56 mm (with gong) Number of jewels: 75 Power reserve: 48 hours (approx.) Escapement: Swiss lever-type, 3 Hz (21,600 vib/h), constant force
Distinctive features: Anthracite rhodium-plated main plate and bridges, white or pink gold gears, depending on the version Sapphire bridge with gold chatons
The numerals, hand tips, and chrono counters are luminous (blue).