The women watch collector base seems to be growing with each passing day with their increasing participation in auctions, their increasing knowledge about the world of fine watchmaking and with most of the industry leaders being, you guessed it, women. So, it doesn't come as a surprise that brands have started moving past the conventional, dainty pieces for women.
Christophe Claret takes it a notch higher with its new, complicated, mechanical success, the Margot Velours. Limited to just 20 pieces world-wide, the 38.40mm Margot comprises of 731 components and 95 jewels. The dark blue mother-of-pearl dial of the watch features three pear-shaped diamonds for the 3, 6 and 9 o'clock
positions, along with 12 titanium petals which are positioned in the centre of the watch for the indexes. A natural pink sapphire pistil forms the bud of the petals. The case is surrounded by grain set diamonds on the bezel and lugs.
The curvaceous gold and slate blue PVD-treated grade 5 titanium case features a mechanism which can be operated via the pusher located at the 2 o'clock position. With each press, a petal – sometimes a pair of petals, it is impossible to foresee – subtly disappears under the dial in a smooth action, to depict the delicate undressing of the flower. The eagerly-awaited answer appears at random in calligraphic letters (in French) on the dial at 4 o’clock: Un peu (a little) – beaucoup (a lot) – passionnément (passionately) – à la folie (madly) – pas du tout (not at all)?
At each press of the pusher, a distinct, crystalline chime resonates, audibly signaling the pace of the game. This patented mechanism is one of Manufacture Claret’s signature complications. Finally, the reset pusher at 4 o’clock instantly makes all petals reappear around the pistil and turns the ‘sentiment’ display at 4 o’clock to an ellipsis.
The caseback of the watch reveals an automatic winding rotor with a central cabochon concealing the rotor's ball bearings. The Margo Velours is available on a velvet-touch blue alligator strap.