Christophe Claret’s unique piece for the Only Watch 2013 auction is definitely among the more eye-catching. The “Pinball” is an evolution on the X-TREM-1 which debuted last year; new of course is the gaming theme. We of course know that Christophe Claret likes his gambling — he has has turned a lot of heads with his casino-themed pieces (21-Blackjack, Baccara). The X-TREM-1 Pinball is along these lines.
On the new X-Trem-1 there are now two metal cages (pinball style!) which contain the magentically maneuvered balls that mark the hours and minutes. The rectangular “dial” of the watch also plays on the pinball theme with whimsically decorated gear wheels, and there is even a “Tilt” marker at the top of the case. Like the original X-TREM-1, the winding and setting of the watch is done from the back of the case.
The watch has a flying tourbillon inclined at a 30° angle, mounted on a three-dimensional curved mainplate. Check out my original article to see how it all works (including one of Claret’s dramatic though informative videos).
X for eXperimental
T for Time
R for Research
E for Engineering
M for Mechanism
Of the 24 or so unique pieces that I have seen thus far for Only Watch 2013, this piece from Christophe Claret is certainly among the more interesting and will fetch among the highest of prices, easily into the triple digits and I’d guess upwards of $500,000 (the Only Watch unique pieces go for a premium by virtue of them being unique pieces and also for a charitable cause). However I still believe that the titanium Patek Philippe Ref. 5004 that I showed you last week — also a very intriguing piece — is still likely to be the top seller.