When you hear a name like Soprano, you readily realize its either about music or gangsters. However the Soprano by Christophe Claret is a watch that looks as lethal as the later and with a Tourbillon minute repeater with four cathedral gongs sounds absolutely divine too. Safe to say, after the X-Trem-1 timepiece and the Dualtow Christophe Claret is out with yet another stunner! The makers describe its chimes as “The melody is played when the watch strikes the quarter hours (each 15 minutes) as just a single deep note is played for the hours and another single (higher pitched) note for the minutes. While the Westminster Quarters melody is usually played in the key of E major, the Christophe Claret Soprano chimes in the key of C major to provide longer resonating and happier-sounding notes.”
The repeater gongs or bells have been crafted from a hardened steel wire wrapped around the movement or dial, and there are four such gongs for a “fuller and richer sound”. The 27.6 x 46.4 x 8.45 mm watch boasts of a 72-hour power reserve and 30-meter water resistance. The watch is available in two limited edition variants of eight pieces each.
Red gold version has been made using 5N red gold and anthracite PVD titanium with Anthracite PVD and black spinal hands, Red gold and titanium crown, Black hand-sewn alligator leather strap with black stitching and a Red gold and titanium buckle. This one is priced at Swiss francs 468,000 ($501,125).
The white gold version has been crafted with White gold and anthracite PVD titanium and Black PVD with ruby or blue spinal hands, white gold and titanium crown, alligator leather strap red or blue stitching and white gold and titanium buckle. This one will cost you Swiss francs 476,000 ($511,830).