Poker, DB28 Digitale and H2 are three exceptional timepieces. None of them has anything to do with “normal” and/or classical watchmaking; they are part of the avant-garde spearhead of the industry.
Christophe Claret – Poker
Christophe Claret has once again called aficionados’ bluff and put a full pack of 52 cards inside the 45 mm case, so that three players can immerse themselves in real-life games of Texas Hold’em, the most popular variant of poker. As well as the bank, Christophe Claret´s Poker packs in 32,768 combinations: that’s 98,304 combinations for three players. A patented cathedral gong sounds each time the pushers for flop and turn/river are actuated. The casino atmosphere on the wrist continues on the flipside, with a three-dimensional roulette wheel on the oscillating weight. Each version, white gold and grade 5 titanium with black PVD treatment, 5N pink gold and grade 5 titanium with black, is proposed as a 20-piece limited series.
De Bethune DB28 Digitale
Late eighteenth-century fine watchmaking served as an inspiration for De Bethune. The Manufacture delivers its contemporary vision of this period’s aesthetic in the new DB28 Digitale, whose hand-guilloché dial is the backdrop for three types of display: spherical for moon phases, digital for jumping hours, and analogue for minutes on a rotating disc. The patented spherical moon in the centre of the dial achieves a visual balance. Its two polished hemispheres, one in palladium, the other in flame-blued steel, show the moon’s phases with a precision of one lunar day every 1,112 years. The case, which is crafted from mirror-polished titanium, benefits from a patented system of spring-mounted floating lugs for a millimeter accurate adjustment to the wrist and its movements.
The new HYT H2 Titanium & White Gold Blue continues its quest for hybridisation, this time with a blue liquid that interacts with the mechanical movement through an interface of two bellows in a V-form. The central minute hand has a layered construction to run alongside the fluid system and sweep the bellows by making a jump after 30 minutes. The crown-position indicator (“H-N-R”) at 3 o’clock is balanced by another hand corresponding to a temperature indicator. This HYT innovation tells the wearer when the liquid is at the optimal temperature to adjust the watch. The movement was developed together with Audemars Piguet Renaud Papi (APRP), the think tank of Audemars Piguet. It will be a limited series of 20.
To better understand the timepiece I recommend you to watch the short video: