In the long wait until Baselworld, when Christophe Claret will introduce his newest masterpiece during a press conference on Wednesday the 24th of April, they have decided to treat us on another video. This new video clearly shows the complications that the new Kantharos will offer, so no more guessing like we had to do two weeks ago.
Let’s take a closer look at what the video shows. At around 1:55 the full frontal of the new Kantharos is visible and on the dial we see two chronograph registers, one for 12 hours and one 30-minute register. On the side of the case is just one pusher, so it’s a easy assumption to say it’s a mono-pusher chronograph. Furthermore there are some words printed on the two registers, that give away the complications…
In the center of the left register, which is the chronograph’s 12-Hour register, the words “Chronographe” (OK, we already noted that one) and “Sonnerie” are printed. Sonnerie in French means “making sound” or “ring”. While there are known complications called either Petite Sonnerie or Grande Sonnerie, the Kantharos simply states “Sonnerie” which may not be confused for either of the mentioned complications.
In the center of the right register, the chronograph’s 30-Minute register, the words “Force Constante” and “75 Rubis” can be read. The number of rubies probably don’t need any explanation, however the “Force Constante” does. When we covered the Heritage Watch Manufactory Tensus (click here to read) and fully explained Girard-Perregaux’s new Constant Escapement (click here to read), we already explained that constant force is something like the Holy Grail in watchmaking. No, not the tourbillon, but constant force is THE complication that watchmakers strive for. Constant force can be approached in several ways (Chain a fusee like in the A. Lange & Söhne Pour le Mérite or Romain Gauthier’s Logical One, or by means of a remontoire d’egalitée like in the Tensus from Heritage Watch Manufactory).
With the information gathered at Baselworld (which is already next week) I’ll explain more about the Sonnerie and the Force Constante of Christophe Claret’s latest masterpiece.