Velours is a delightfully gentle new version of Margot which is Christophe Claret’s first ladies’ watch complication.The strap now appears clothed in velvet-touch blue alligator leather that feels like a second skin. Soft, noble, silky and timeless, velvet is synonymous with luxury, chic and good taste. Margot Velours now reveals a dark blue mother-of-pearl dial framed by grain setting on its bezel and lugs. This particular technique uses stones of an intermediate size compared with the two settings on the previous Margot versions. Three pear-shaped diamonds indicating 3, 6 and 9 o’clock add infuse the scene with a sense of poetry.
Just like the first editions of Margot, the Velours edition features an ingenious mechanism that helps to ‘predict’ – or at least tries to – one of nature’s paramount questions: “Does he love me?” A simple press of the pusher at 2 o’clock brings the watch to life. With each press, a petal – sometimes a pair of petals, it is impossible to foresee – subtly disappears under the dial in a smooth action, perfectly depicting 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, aurally signaling the pace of the game.
The display back reveals the automatic winding rotor, a delicately carved, flower-shaped carrousel of colors symbolizing sentiments of love, with a central cabochon concealing the rotor’s ball bearings. Each one of the eight resplendent triangular precious stones denote a feeling – hope, passion, tenderness… Which one will line up with the red-lacquered heart when the flower halts its waltz?
Caliber: EMT17, automatic-winding
Dimensions: Diameter: 38.4 mm, Height: 9.76 mm
Number of components: 731
Number of jewels: 95
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 14.52 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft
White gold and slate blue PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, bead-set 64 diamonds, 4.60 carats
Dark blue mother-of-pearl
White gold prong-set with pear-shaped diamonds
Steel with blued tips
Blue alligator, velvet look
Stainless steel screws, set with diamonds
CHF 198,000 White Gold Case, 64 Diamonds (4.6 carats)
20-piece limited series