The Swiss watch manufacture Christophe Claret has just released a set of beautiful photos and some additional info regarding its Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack high complication “interactive game-machine” watch.
The information regards the way the built-in game machinery works.
If you remember, there are three games that you can play with the timekeeper: roulette, blackjack and different versions of dice.
With dice it is easy: you shake the watch and get a random combination of the tiny cubes that are visible through a cut-out in the side of the case at four o’clock.
Roulette is also done using the same idea: when you gently move the watch to and fro, the winding rotor, which is decorated as the legendary roulette wheel, starts spinning around its axis. There is no ball here, so the winning number is selected using a diamond-shaped arrow, which seems to be made of some precious stone.
What is the most interesting is how they realized the 21 Blackjack complication.
As you can discern on the 3D image (still no actual photos for us,) the dial has six windows: three for the player and three for the dealer. When the player presses a push-piece at 9 o’clock, seven golden disks that have card images printed on them start spinning and then, after a couple of seconds, they are “randomly” stopped by a jumper-spring.
At this stage of the game you can see only three cards: two for the player and one for the dealer. The rest are hidden with a special shutter.
If you think that it is safe to order another draw, you press a “player” pusher at 8 o’clock and another shutter gets opened with a gentle chime of a gong. When you are done, the “dealer” opens one of his cards with a pusher at 10 o’clock abiding to a strict rule: “dealer must draw on 16 and stand on 17.”
Simple. Also, beautiful.
Maybe a two-dollar app on your iPhone can offer you better 3D graphics and a wider variety of in-game sounds, but it will surely fail to impress you more than this watch undoubtedly will.
If not with the beauty of its design, then with the price: according to the Swiss brand, the watch will retail from CHF 178,000 to CHF 210,000 depending on version and case material.
UPDATED Here is a small video that gives you the idea of how the system works in reality:
Photos: Christophe Claret
Christophe Claret 21 Blackjack Automatic watch specification
Price: CHF 178,000 to CHF 210,000
Movement: Automatic, BLJ08, double barrel, 40 jewels, 7 double ceramic ball bearings, 501 parts, 28,800 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Winding rotor looks like the roulette
Functions: Hours, minutes, blackjack game, dice, roulette
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case material: Titanium, Rose gold, White gold
Bezel material: Titanium, Rose gold, White gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 45.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Smoked, transparent
Hands: Ruby and metal / Ceramic and metal
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black alligator with a two-screw attachment system that avoids damaging the case
Case back: Sapphire