Another timepiece for the Only Watch auction is a unique approach to the X-TREM-1 that Christophe Claret introduced last year. Of course we shared that brilliant timepiece with you (click here) because it was the very first timepiece to indicate time by means of magnetism! Yes indeed, magnetism usually is something you’d like to avoid in or around your mechanical watch, however Christophe Claret found a way to use moving magnets and round metal balls to indicate the time.
Besides the magnetism, the X-TREM-1 also features a tourbillon, that is mounted at a 30 degree angle. At that angle the tourbillon is simply more visible to the person wearing the watch and visual effects are key in a timepiece like the X-TREM-1. The folks over at Christophe Claret will mind the technical aspects and they are good at that. The new X-TREM-1 Pinball resembles the inside of a pinball machine, with bumpers, slingshots, balls and even a TILT button!
The TILT button is actually the reset button that resets whenever the balls, which are held in place by magnets, don’t perfectly align with the moving magnets. Press the button and the balls, which are actually hollow spheres, move into position and indicate the hours and minutes again.
The chosen color scheme, blue and bright orange, works great for the X-TREM-1 Pinball and it simply look stunning. And when you know more about the technical aspects, which we have explained in detail in our previous article (click here), than pure awe is in order. The X-TREM-1 Pinball is one of 36 pièce unique that will be auction on September 28th in Monaco to raise money for the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Before we showed you the unique timepieces from Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin.