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Christophe Claret X-Trem-1 Pinball

It is exceptionally inspiring to hear that watchmakers are donating to philanthropic causes. Ultimately it counterbalances the commercial nature of the industry. In this instance Christophe Claret has designed a unique timepiece, which will be sold at the ‘Only Watch’ charity auction on September 28th, 2013. All the proceeds will go towards research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The company states, “This is an exceptional watch for an exceptional event”


The X-Trem-1 Pinball is a sophisticated adaptation of the phenomenal X-Trem-1, which in it own right is a formidable timepiece. Like all of Christophe Claret’s creations the concept originates from detailed drawings. Fundamentally this is a collective process that involves an enormous amount of passion & perseverance. The result in this case is a spectacular looking watch.


The Pinball has adopted the same imposing rectangular case as the X-Trem-1 measuring a staggering 40.80mm x 56.80mm x 15 mm. Realistically the well conceived curved design & choice of material should make this watch very comfortable to wear. The case of this beautiful timepiece is fabricated out of white gold & Perunal type of aluminium normally used in aviation.

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Visually the watch pays homage to the pinball machine by reworking the visible mechanical movement. This theme is replicated in the grilled sapphire tubes & vibrant colour combination. I love the contrast of cool blue & bright orange, which gives the watch a whole new dynamic. The Pinball’s design is effectively a light-hearted version of the X Trem-1. In my opinion the overall composition is effective because the tourbillon is still the main focal point.

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Christophe Claret has equipped the Pinball with the same accomplished engine found in the X-Trem-1. The Calibre FLY11 is a 64 Jewel hand wound mechanical tourbillon movement comprising 419 hand-assembled parts. Functionally the time is displayed via two cylindrical tubes containing spheres & operated by magnetic force. This ingenious system was developed in partnership with School of Business and Engineering Vaud (Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland) & creates the illusion of magic.

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