Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Christophe Claret Allegro. Live Pictures and Pricing.

Following Adagio and Soprano, Christophe Claret presents his latest musical masterpiece, Allegro. A master watchmaker with 25 years of experience, Christophe Claret has combined the finest horological complications in Allegro: a minute repeater with cathedral gongs, GMT, big date, small seconds and a day/night indicator. These features are all found in a completely redesigned movement featuring a unique regulator that was designed and manufactured in-house. The 45 mm round case harmoniously blends either 5N red gold or 5N white gold with grade 5 titanium treated with anthracite PVD. An opening in the sapphire dial reveals the striking mechanism. The transparent dial allows the wearer to marvel at the movement’s architecture, featuring Charles X style skeletonized, stepped bridges. With this new timepiece, the conductor of this musical horological orchestra from Le Locle proves he is at the zenith of his art.

Ever since the day Christophe Claret entered the workshop of a watchmaker and restorer as
a student, he has had an unquenchable passion for complicated timepieces, especially antique pocket watches equipped with a minute repeater. In 1989, the first very caliber bearing the name Christophe Claret was a minute repeater. This was followed by a series of chiming watches with evocative names like Adagio, Soprano and now Allegro, the latest in this prestigious musical series. Allegro honors tradition on the one hand, while the other is resolutely turned towards modernity and innovation. All this without any technical or esthetical compromises, and all in respect of the exigencies demanded by Swiss haute horlogerie. The new Christophe Claret Allegro from Baselworld 2015 is fitted with a smoked sapphire crystal dial that allows partial views of the Allegro's marvelous in-house calibre ALG89 with its several complications.

A GMT/second time zone with built-in day/night indicator is displayed at 3 o'clock on the dial and is adjustable by means of a caseband pusher at 4 o'clock. Allegro also features a big date at 12 o'clock, which is adjusted by a caseband pusher at 2 o'clock and a small seconds subdial is located at 9 o'clock. But as if these complications were not enough, Allegro is a minute repeater with cathedral gongs. To add a little bit of contrast to the dial, the hands are in orange sapphire crystal and grade 5 titanium treated with anthracite PVD with tips filled with superluminova. The hour indices are in pink gold treated brass and the minute markers are in pink gold lacquer. The 5N white gold reference features hands in transparent sapphire crystal, black lacquered and anthracite treated PVD with tips also filled with superluminova. An opening at 6 o'clock reveals the minute repeater mechanism.

The Christophe Claret manual wound in-house calibre ALG89 with a diameter of 34.00 mm, composed of 520 parts and 39 jewels is fully visible via the display case back. The calibre is a real treat for the eyes with its Charles X style skeletonized bridges and its frosted finish. The movement provides a power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound.

Fitted with an elegant black alligator leather with anthracite stitching and deployant clasp the watch wears comfortably and true to its size. The wrist presence is unparalleled and its minute repeater captivating. Allegro is available in a limited edition of 20 pieces for each of its different variants.

Sticker Price CHF268,000. For more info on Christophe Claret click here.