Christophe Claret Margot: Touch Me – Do You Love Me?

02/11/2019
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me

I’m not saying that Valentine’s Day has anything to do with a sudden interest in romance but this animated timepiece from Christophe Claret is a compulsive argument.

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me MTR.EMT17 movement

With a simple touch of the pusher at 2 o’clock, the lady owner brings her watch to life. With each press, a petal, sometimes a pair of petals – it is impossible to predict – smoothly glides under the dial like a delicate striptease to undress the flower.

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me_MTR.EMT17.000-020 CloseUp

How Much Do You Love Me?

The eagerly-awaited answer appears randomly in calligraphic letters in the window 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)?
Of course, the script is in French – the Language of Love – so breathtakingly revealed but for that 1-in-5 chance of dashed hopes…..

Unlike the Anglophone’s binary Yay or Nay responses as “He Loves Me” or “He Loves Me Not”, the French have a spectrum of responses!

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me_MTR.EMT17.090-110 CloseUp

The signature Christophe Claret striking chime rings at each action of the 2 o’clock pusher with a visible hammer at 8 o’clock.

 

 

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me MTR.EMT17.030-050 Case Back

The display back is pretty unto itself, displaying the automatic winding rotor, a delicately carved, flower-shaped carrousel of colours symbolizing sentiments of love, with a central cabochon concealing the rotor’s ball bearings.

Each one of the eight triangular precious stones denotes a feeling – hope, passion, tenderness etc…
Which one will line up with the red-lacquered heart when the flower stops twirling?

Nobody knows…

 

Margot

Margot blossoms in four limited editions of 20 pieces each.

 

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me_MTR.EMT17.060-080

Red Gold snow-set diamonds with Pink mother-of-pearl dial and pear-shaped diamonds:

CHF 198,000 / USD 197,000 [before tax].

 

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me MTR.EMT17.090-110

Red Gold baguette-set diamonds with Pink mother-of-pearl dial and pear-shape diamonds:

CHF 278,000 / USD 277,000 [before tax].

 

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me MTR.EMT17.030-050

White Gold snow-set diamonds with Blue mother-of-pearl dial and pear-shaped diamonds:

CHF 198,000 / USD 197,000 [before tax].

 

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me MTR.EMT17.000-020

White Gold baguette-set diamonds with Blue mother-of-pearl dial and pear-shaped diamonds:

CHF 278,000 / USD 277,000 [before tax].

 

Margot Velours

Just when you thought it was all over, Christophe Claret brings out another model in a fusion of materials, again in a limited edition of 20 pieces.

Christophe Claret Margot_Touch Me – Do You Love Me MTR.EMT18.000-020

White Gold and Slate Blue Titanium bead-set diamonds with Dark Blue mother-of-pearl dial and pear-shaped diamonds Ref. MTR.EMT18.000-020: CHF 198,000 / USD 197,000 [before tax].

 

AlphaLuxe Comment

“Tout est mystère dans l’amour,” wrote Jean de La Fontaine – “Love bears a world of mystery”. Indubitably, Margot fully embraces those words of the 17th century French poet.

 

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Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web magazine. He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).

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