Christophe Claret’s X-TREM-1 Timepiece Unveiled
One of the most amazing watches that are going to be premiered at BaselWorld 2012 is the new Christophe Claret X-TREM-1 that was just unveiled today. This gorgeous timepiece features high-tech parts and systems that allow for new experiences in time-reading. The main principle this piece uses is magnetism, the hours and minutes seem to be floating in mid air.
The watch boasts a flying tourbillion, inclined at 30 degrees, specially mounted on a 3D curvex titanium base, displaying hours and minutes backwards. It simply makes the X-Trem watch a premiere of this sort. The nomenclature of the watch, X-Trem, stands for X = Experimental, T=Time, R=Research, E=Engineering and M=Mechanism. The movement of the timepiece is caliber FLY11, with a power reserve of 50+ hours.
To optimize power distribution and periodicity, the time indicator gear and the tourbillion movement were each integrated with individual energy supplies. The hours and minutes are being shown via the movement of hollowed spheres, 4mm in diameter each. Furthermore, the case provides water resistance for up to 100 feet in depth.
Available in three different versions, the watch keeps amazing us even more: there is a polished rose gold/bead-blasted black PVD-coated version, one with platinum/bead-blasted black PVD-coat and a polished white gold/bead-blasted black PVD-coated type.
The strapping may be available in two styles, one of rubber-touch leather decked with a new two-screw fastening system and the other made of black hand-sewn alligator leather. In addition, along the side of the case-band, the watches feature Super-LumiNova, lighting system that allows checking on the time even during pitch-black nights.
The whole series of watches is limited; the company will be crafting only 8 units of each version. The prices for such a piece vary between $294,400 and $321,300, depending on the choice of the customer. After all, the metals they are made of boast value differently.