First presented in 2012 (which we covered here), the X-TREM-1 uses two tiny stainless steel spheres that are isolated in sapphire tubes, and suspended by magnets to display hours and minutes. For 2015, the XTREM-1 is now available in a special white gold and grade 5 titanium case that is treated with slate blue PVD, and presented with a matching marine blue alligator strap. Limited to 8 pieces.
Christophe Claret, the founder of Christophe Claret the watch brand, has always been intrigued by the history of Aventicum, which was the capital of Roman Helvetia for more than 300 years and the ruins of which are near the modern day Swiss town of Avenches.
According to Christophe Claret, “Among the excavated objects was a priceless finding: a solid gold bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, which was found in 1939 when an old pipe was being cleaned. This precious discovery is one of only three known Roman busts of this style in the world. Other similar statues were most likely melted down and recycled into other objects over the centuries. Due to the museum’s limited exhibition space, many of the ancient Roman capital’s excavated objects cannot be properly displayed for the public. Christophe Claret hopes that his Aventicum-inspired timepiece will help raise awareness about the phenomenal efforts of the Avenches Roman Museum to preserve these vestiges of this ancient civilization. He also wishes to generate support from the Swiss government to construct a new building to conserve and showcase this incredible heritage. ”
As an homage piece, a micro-engraved gold replica of the Marcus Aurelius bust can be found in the center of the dial. This is something that has never done before in watchmaking. To magnify it, so to speak, a special micrascope has been implemented in the sapphire glass, the result is a hologram effect that gives the illusion that Marcus Aurelius is a large 3 dimensional sculpture, popping out of the dial.
In addition to the centerpiece, around the chapter ring are two lightweight carbon fiber hands that indicate the hour and minute.
Uniquely, there is a patented “mystery” winding rotor, that consists of a transparent sapphire adorned with 5 high-definition metalized chariots. Each Roman Gaul chariot is numbered and is racing as they wind the watch, adding a little competition and fun to the back side of the timepiece. This is similar to what we have seen before on timepieces such as the Blackjack 21, which has a working roulette game on the back.
The Aventicum is available in palladium-rich white gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, with a cabochon back PVD titanium crown on a black alligator leather strap (limited to 30 pieces) for 53,000 CHF. It is also available in 5N red gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, with 5N red gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium with cabochon crown, on a black alligator leather strap (limited to 68 pieces) for 49,000 CHF.
The case measures 44 mm x 55.11 mm x 18.49 mm and is 30 meters water resistant.
For more, visit Christophe Claret.