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Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

by Michael Weare
17 March, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

The plan was to write about a perfectly quiet and civilised Chopard LUC XP Tonneau watch, but then the new Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack video has just been released; all funky guitar riffs, blaring trumpets and sexy images of high stakes gambling from a complete casino on a watch, so what’s a blog to do – easy, shelve the Chopard for another day.

Christophe Claret’s 21 Blackjack combines traditional timekeeping functions (hours and minutes) with three mechanically-animated games of chance: Dice, roulette and Blackjack (with a striking mechanism).

The most basic of the three casino games is dice. At 4-o-clock there’s a small window which features two incredibly detailed 1.5mm dice. To shake them you just shake the watch and have yourself a game of craps.

 

Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

Christophe Claret 21 Balckjack

Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack

Flip the watch over and the rotor is a full roulette wheel. There is no ball, but instead an arrow inlaid on an internal flange to indicate where the wheel has landed. The rotor has a minor stop mechanism which stops in one of the fixed positions when it loses momentum. The result is a roulette wheel on which you can place your bets, and the ingenious integration of it is something of which ‘Q’ in James Bond would be proud.

The Blackjack function from which the watch takes its name is the real star of the show. To play it is tremendous fun but to explain how it works is complicated, tedious and actually unnecessary as full instructions are given on the watch once you slap down the US$197,000 to US$233,000 depending on which model you choose. Suffice to say the system offers a total of 884,736 ways to win or lose your shirt.

The watch runs on the in house Calibre BLJ08, a self-winding COSC chronometer-certified movement comprising 501 parts and two barrels ensuring a power reserve of about 72 hours.

In addition to the casino games and chime (a Christophe Claret favourite), it displays hours and minutes. To ensure extreme accuracy, it operates at a frequency of 4 hertz, or 28,800 vibrations per hour. The watch comes in a 45mm case and is available in four versions: grey titanium, black PVD-treated titanium, black PVD-treated titanium and 18K white gold, and 18K pink gold.

The ingenious and breathtakingly complex novelty 21 Blackjack watch from Christophe Claret is destined to be every Monaco playboy’s watch of choice this summer. Watch the video here:

Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack video

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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