ChristopheClaret elite living africa X-TREM-1 from Christophe Claret. (Photo: Christophe Claret)Christophe Claret has joined forces with StingHD to create a mechanical “memento mori”, issued in an 8-piece limited edition

Specialising in epitomizing luxury and finely tailored workmanship out of New York for more than 50 years, it has since been re-created through a number of different limited editions.

“A sophisticated, excessive and extreme watch intended for bad boys, for movers and shakers, for rockers with a penchant for mechanical excellent and contemporary trends,” says Christophe Claret.

The team at Christophe Claret team has designed a system where two small steel spheres – hollowed to make them lighter and encased within two sapphire tubes placed to the right and left of the caseband – are controlled by precision magnetic fields generated by two miniature magnets moved by cables.

The cables are very flexible, featuring hundreds of Dyneema nanofibers all contained within an ultra-high-strength polyethylene gel, capable of withstanding tensile forces of up to a kilo. The entire thread is thinner than a human hair (4 hundredths of a mm in diameter).

Ultra-light titanium was used for the three-dimensional curvex mainplate and the bridges. The flying tourbillon features double ceramic bearings to improve its shock-resistance. It is inclined at a 30-degree angle in order to make it even more clearly visible to the wearer. 

One of the most striking features of this model is the presence of a large inclined tourbillon, positioned perfectly at 6 o’clock and decorated with a black chrome-plated aluminum skull design by StingHD featuring a new tourbillon cage. 

The pure sapphire tubes previously framing the case of the X-TREM-1 and housing the steel hours and minutes spheres have been replaced in the newer model with a black PVD-treated stainless steel ring-bound tubes.