Picciones’ just took delivery of the first Christophe Claret Kantharos to hit the United States this week. This version is the MTR.MBA13.905, the rose gold and titanium case with the rose gold dial, which retails for $116,000 Swiss Francs or $130,420 USD at the time of this posting (December 27, 2013). This is Christophe Claret’s first “mid-level” complication: a proprietary force constant, mono-push chronograph sonnerie. The Kantharos is unlike any other chronograph on the market today with its unusual and fascinating combination of complications. The mono-push chronograph sonnerie feature was also used in a similar manner with the Dualtow, but the focus of the Kantharos is chronograph complication. In the Dualtow you had the tourbillon and rubber tread time indicators to as the primary aesthetic and mechanical achievement while the chronograph function – while very cool – was really secondary.
With the Kantharos, you are wearing, owning, operating a chronograph. The bi-compax design features the 12 hour register and the 30 minute register where the superluminova discs rotate to indicate the elapsed time rather than by a standard hand. The automatic movement is based on a beautifully designed column-wheel chronograph made all in-house with impeccable finishing. The plates, bridges, and other components are rhodium plated and the contrast of the gold and brass elements in the movement is just stunning. The force constant – which is the star feature of the movement – allows for the power to flow undiminished during the entire power reserve cycle.
The sonnerie, or chiming mechanism, is activated on the start and stop of the chronograph. The sound, which is typical Claret, is superb! The resonance and sound clarity are brilliant, which can be directly attributed to both movement construction and the case materials. The 45mm case is 18kt rose gold and grade 5 titanium. The combination both looks great and provides the necessary materials to produce extraordinary sound. This same combination of case metals is used in the Soprano, in our opinion the best sounding minute repeater on the market today, the newest Claret grand complication.
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