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Christophe Claret

The Christophe Claret watches are truly exceptional mechanisms. They testify to expertise resolutely geared towards technological innovation and consistently pushing back the limits of watchmaking in order to offer original ways of reading the time.

About

Christophe Claret was born in Lyon in 1962, and developed a keen interest in Haute Horlogerie from a very early age.

He entered the Geneva Watchmaking School in 1978 and went on to train with cabinotier Roger Dubuis. That same year, he opened his first workshop for restoring old watches in his family home, where he also devoted himself to another mechanical passion – that of restoring motorbikes. In 1982, he graduated as a watchmaker.

At the 1987 Basel fair, Rolf Schnyder – the new owner of the Ulysse Nardin brand – ordered twenty minute-repeater calibers with San Marco jacks from Claret.

Two years later, Christophe Claret founded the eponymous Manufacture, and it soon became a benchmark in the field of grand complication calibers.

By 2009, Christophe Claret was enjoying well-deserved fame as a watchmaker specialising in grand complications, and decided to present his first watch in his own name – the legendary DualTow.

The Christophe Claret brand now belongs to the extremely exclusive circle of independent Haute Horlogerie brands that design, develop and produce their watches entirely in-house. An exceptional location at the heart Swiss watchmaking, placing it firmly at the forefront of horological innovation.

1987
Christophe Claret meets Rolf Schnyder, the new owner of the Ulysse Nardin brand, who orders twenty minute-repeater calibers with San Marco jacks from him. Claret sets up a limited company in his name in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
1989
Manufacture Claret founded.
1999
Christophe Claret sets up his manufacture at “Soleil d'Or”, a manor house located on the hills above Le Locle, bringing all the firm's skills together in one place.
2009
On the occasion of the Manufacture.
2014
Christophe Claret launches the first complication watch for Ladies, Margot. The Christophe Claret brand is now made of 4 collections: Traditional, Gaming, Extreme and for Ladies.
Philosophy

Christophe Claret watches are the expression of perpetual emotion – to the highest standards of haute horlogerie. These unconventional, fun and creative timepieces are destined first and foremost for lovers of rare, off-the-wall watches.

Christophe Claret draws on the best in tradition to shape his story as he pursues his quest for three-dimensional innovations. He is busy designing watches for the future that are faithful to the heritage of the old masters, reinterpreting the noble complications of the watchmaker's art. His motto? “In watchmaking, everything has already been done – and everything is yet to be done.

Collections

Extreme Watches

Pushing the boundaries of time. In this collection, cutting-edge research and experimentation govern the design of state-of-the-art timepieces in which engineering and mechanics are on full display. Deviating from the beaten track of horology, these avant-garde creations open up new, previously unexplored watchmaking horizons with uncompromising technology.

Gaming Watches

Transforming time. Here, time is complemented by original complications turning your wristwatch into a fully-functional casino. These interactive timepieces feature ingenious mechanisms that faithfully replicate the rules of gaming classics. Time is no longer of the essence: It is spent playing at the roulette wheel, at the card table or at games of chance. One thing not left to chance, though, is the quality of the timepieces and their movements.

Ladies' Complications Watches

Timepieces that put ladies first. Carried by elegant and poetic esthetics, stocked with continuously reinvented technical mastery, Haute Horlogerie now comes in a feminine form. Far from being a simple variation of men’s watches, with this collection Christophe Claret embodies feminine complexity in these veritable masterpieces.

Traditional Complications Watches

Reinterpreting Haute Horlogerie. For Christophe Claret, the rich heritage of watchmaking is an unlimited field of inquiry. His complications reinvent and revolutionize traditional horology, offering a fresh approach and masterful complexity. Watchmaking is an art form at Manufacture Claret. Each timepiece adds a distinctive, contemporary twist to centuries of traditional watchmaking.

Watches

  • Trends and style

    Christophe Claret X-TREM-1

    Christophe Claret is enriching its X-TREM-1 collection with a new variation in red gold and black grade 5 PVD titanium.

    24 May 2017

  • Brands

    Christophe Claret Presentation of the brand in the Middle East and in Asia

    Christophe Claret set off on a trip to meet Fine Watchmaking fans in Dubai and Kuwait, followed by Japan and China.

    23 May 2017