Christophe Claret is another one of our generation great luxury watchmakers that has become know in our lifetime. This boutique watch maker is extremely well respected and had his collection on display alongside the likes of the Jaegar-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Söhne, Hublot and TAG Heuer to name few at the premier watch show in New York this year’s called the TimeCrafters 2014.
Young Christophe had a passion for watches and their mechanisms. It was this passion that later fuels his drive to develop his luxury watch line. It all began with his curiosity and enthusiasm as a youth when he began to disassemble watches and their mechanisms at the age of 14 so they could be properly cleaned and maintained. He was born into an affluence home and was able to not only attend the Geneva Watchmaking School but at the same time set up a watchmaking shop in his home town of Lyon, France. In 1982 he graduated with a diploma only awarded to the top students from that school.
To help him learn more about the perpetual watch movements he then studies under Roger Dubuis for the next 10 months. At the same time he began to take classes in business management so he would be capable and have the knowhow of opening and operating a business of his own. He also enrolled in the 2 year training sessions of business at Chambre des Métiers.
The year 1984 was when Christophe Claret created his first watch. It was series of skeletonised watches that can still be seen in his brochure. A couple of years later he also created the artisan work of repeaters that include jacks.
In 1987 he decided it was time to make a joint venture and begin a business with other watch makers. This is when he joined forces with the likes of Dominique Renaud and Giulio Papi. The joint venture was named RPC (Renaud Papi Claret). It then took 2 years of work before Claret’s watchmaking engineering was able to produce his first marketable movement design in the Calibre CLA88. By 1991 Claret is wealthy enough to buy out his partners and he renamed the business Christophe Claret SA.
To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of his company, Claretdecided to create a musical wristwatch which was inspired by the 18th century artesian Antoine Favre. It was built with a 20 tooth comb cylinder and could play 2 different tunes while being mounted on a person’s wrist.
One of the most recognized reaches into the luxury boutique watch section of business came in 1998 with world premiere of the watch that had sapphire bridges and manipulates along with a tourbillion with a diamond and ruby encrusted band.
By the engineering watchmaking world, the best achievement by Christophe Claret came in 2000 with the release of the Tourbilion Orbital. It was first introduced in the watch IO200. It had a calibre which was capable or pivoting on its axis inside the case that was equipped with ball bearings. This mechanism is protected by a patent.
The 20th anniversary saw the introduction of a timepiece that included single-pusher planetary chronograph with digital displays. This series was the DualTow and changed the way the world look at Christophe Claret watches.
In recent years the presentations of the Christophe Claret Poker at Baselworld and X-TREM-1 with its magnetization system are setting new standards in the mechanisms used in luxury timepieces everywhere. His last series was a venture into the designs for the female timepiece lover in 2014. This was the Christophe Claret’s Margot set of watches.
The Christophe Claret collections include precise mechanism in the movement with the latest innovative features that set this boutique watch company apart from all of their rivals. By just looking at one of them is enough to understand why they are so sought after in the luxury timepiece sector.