Christophe Claret Margot: She Loves It? She Loves It Not?
She loves it. Yep. She does, despite the even number of petals. The Christophe Claret Margot is the first women’s watch from the incredibly innovative Christophe Claret. Similar in layout to the TTV Watch of the Year award-winning Christophe Claret Poker, the Margot takes the old flower-torturing “He loves me, he loves me not” game to a new mechanical and horological level.
The Christophe Claret Margot features a 12-petal daisy front and center that serves as decider of true love. In the American version of the Daisy game, there are two choices… either he loves or he doesn’t. But, what fun would be a game with only two possible outcomes? In France, however, the game is a bit more complex. There are seven degrees of love and hate to be determined by plucking a daisy’s petals. And, this watch has all seven.
Like in the Poker, the Margot’s flower petal plucking operates with the push of a button and the ringing of a repeater-like chime. Only in the Christophe Claret Margot, cards aren’t dealt to three players, love is dealt to just one… or it isn’t. He Loves Me (Il m’aime), Loves Me Not (Il ne m’aime), Loves Me a Little (un peu), Loves Me a Lot (beaucoup), Loves Me Passionately (passionnement), He Loves Me Madly (a la folie) or, finally, He Loves Me Not at All (pas du tout).
With each time the top button pushed and each hammer and gong chime rung, a beautifully enameled petal falls away and two windows below the daisy randomly display one of the lovely phrases courtesy of two rotating disks. The bottom button resets the whole system and brings life back to the Christophe Claret Margot’s daisy.
The Margot’s dial, in either pink or blue mother of pearl, surrounds the daisy whose petals surround a yellow sapphire. Turning the gold-tipped hands is Christophe Claret’s 95-jewel, 731-component EMT17 self-winding movement. Ticking at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the Christophe Claret Margot has a 72-hour power-reserve.
All of the Christophe Claret Margot’s complications are housed inside of a 42.50 mm by 14.52 mm case in either 18 karat white gold or 18 karat rose gold that is dripping in 5.2 carats of baguette cut diamonds. Christophe Claret is only producing 60 examples of the Margot. And, it’s not cheap. You’ll need to love it passionnement to fork over the $314,764(278,000 CHF) price tag. But, for the manufactures first foray into women’s watches, the Christophe Claret Margot is a stunningly beautiful and amazingly complex watch. For more info, visit ChristopheClaret.com, or check out the video, tech specs and press release below.