By Osheen Arakelian

For seven long years the team at Christophe Claret have been developing the Maestoso, with the aim of equipping a wristwatch with a traditional high-precision detent escapement. The detent escapement is usually found in stabilized clocks, however, it is rare that a company is able to incorporate this escapement into a wristwatch and this makes the Christophe Claret Maestoso a rare achievement.

The reason why it is so rare to find a detent escapement in a wristwatch is because of how sensitive it is to shock. The escapement was originally designed for marine chronometers and engineered to be mounted on gimbals offering a stable position, therefore trying to take that technology and incorporate it into a wristwatch is very difficult but the folks at Christophe Claret have found a way to overcome both major issues: Over-banking and turning-over.

To ensure to escapement functions with minimal risk of damage and wear, Christophe Claret has incorporated additional protective shock-absorbing systems into its Maestoso timepiece. This will prevent any excess shock that can stop or even release the escape wheel, breaking it.

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Another important feature of the Maestoso is the use of the Caliber DTC07 mechanical hand-wound movement that includes dual mainspring barrels, a constant force mechanism, stop seonds, and a micrometric worm screw on the regulator to regulate the timing rate.

Product Specifications

Case

Round
Dimensions: Ø44 x 52.11 x 13.59 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

Movement

Reference : MTR.DTC07.030-050

Caliber : DTC07, mechanical hand-wound
Dimensions : Diameter: 31 mm / Height: 8.60 mm (without hands)
Number of components: 301
Number of jewels: 44
Power reserve: 80+ hours / Two barrels fitted in parallel with four springs
Distinctive features: Charles X style skeletonized stepped bridges

Functions

Hour and minute display

Constant force at 4 o’clock

Dimensions: Ø44 x 52.11 x 13.59 mm
Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

Material

5N red gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium (polished / satin-finished)
Black ceramic and anthracite PVD-treated hands with Super-LumiNova

Crown – 5N red gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium with black PVD-treated titanium cabochon

Strap – Black alligator and black stitching

Clasp – ADLC-treated stainless steel, anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium caps, 5N red gold Christophe Claret logo

Flange – Black rhodium-plated nickel silver with 4N pink gold metallized lacquer
Christophe Claret logo and indexes in lacquered 4N pink gold treated brass

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The Christophe Claret Maestoso will be available in three different versions, each one with a limited release of only 20 pieces. The finishes include white gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium case – red ruby and black PVD-treated hands with Super-LumiNova; 5N red gold and anthracite PVD-treated grade 5 titanium case – black ceramic and anthracite PVD-treated hands with Super Lumi-Nova; and 5N red gold case – black ceramic and anthracite PVD-treated hands with Super-LumiNova. For more info, please visit christopheclaret.com

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Osheen Arakelian – Contributing Editor

Drawing on a lifelong love of horology and a more recent introduction to appreciation of fine whisky, Osheen brought the two together with watch & whisky. He is proprietor of the site, which covers everything related to watches and whisky. In between completing a degree in commercial law and supporting a rich social life, he is out and about attending all the latest watch and whisky events Sydney has to offer. His passion has also taken him around Australia attending a number of events and he hopes to continue his career in the watch industry on a more serious level after he graduates. Read his articles here.