Master watchmaker to the stars-turned-independent Christophe Claret is unveilling his new Kantharos, a mono-pusher automatic chronograph with sonnerie/striking mechanism and constant force escapement. A cathedral gong, visible at 10 o’clock, audibly chimes with each change of function (e.g. start, stop, reset), which I believe is a first. The concept is entirely in line with Christophe Claret, who has repeatedly distinguished himself with innovative striking mechanisms featuring cathedral gongs.
The Kantharos constant-force escapement is visible on the dial side at the 6 o’clock position. The chrono counters are reportedly inspired by the aviation altitude indicator, but for me they seem a bit overcomplicated. This watch seems to exude the attitude that it is complicated for complicated’s sake; some may like this, many will not.
The case is 45mm x 15.83mm, available in a variety of metals: Titanium, PVD Titanium, Pink Gold + PVD Ti, White Gold + PVD Ti.
The red lines are inspired by the touches of neon that illuminate the vehicles in the movie Tron: Legacy.
Hop on over to http://www.christopheclaret.com/en/collection-kantharos-c10.php for full technical details and discussion.