Christophe Claret Kantharos
by Kyle Stults on April 26, 2013
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Christophe Claret Kantharos Watch

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.

Christophe Claret Kantharos titanium

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.

Kantharos Caliber

 

The case is 45mm x 15.83mm, available in a variety of metals:  Titanium, PVD Titanium, Pink Gold + PVD Ti, White Gold + PVD Ti.

Christophe Claret Kantharos PVD Titanium blue

Christophe Claret Kantharos Pink Gold

The red lines are inspired by the touches of neon that illuminate the vehicles in the movie Tron: Legacy.

Christophe Claret Kantharos white gold titanium

Hop on over to http://www.christopheclaret.com/en/collection-kantharos-c10.php for full technical details and discussion.