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Born in Lyon, France in 1962, Christophe Claret was 14 years old when a chance visit to a watchmaker-restorer inspired him to pursue a career in horology. Five years later, Christophe precociously graduated from the Geneva Watchmaking School after which he trained for a further year under the guidance of master watchmaker Roger Dubuis, who passed on the secrets of restoration and complex horological mechanisms.
Upon returning to his native city, Christophe set up his first horological atelier and decided to specialize in restoring antique timepieces, perfecting his finishing techniques and crafting open-worked or ‘skeleton’ watches.

In 1987, Christophe attended Basel Watch Fair for the first time where Rolf Schnyder, who had just acquired Ulysse Nardin, placed a substantial order with him for minute-repeater movements with striking jacks (automatons). This project encouraged Christophe to found Manufacture Claret two years later.
Over the next decade, the name Christophe Claret became a benchmark in the field of grand complication movements, developing complex complications for prestigious brands such as Ulysse Nardin, Franck Muller, de Grisogono, Jean Dunand and Harry Winston.

In 1999, Christophe relocated Manufacture Claret to the historic Manoir du Soleil d’Or above Le Locle, the former residence of legendary watchmaker Urban Jürgensen. The manufacture has been extended regularly since then as demand for Christophe Claret creations has increased year on year.
While continuing to create exceptional movements for the most prestigious Swiss brands, Christophe Claret also developed timepieces bearing his own signature, one-of-a-kind creations commissioned by collectors seduced by superlative horology. This activity was extended to a wider audience in 2009 when Christophe Claret launched the DualTow to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his manufacture. This first piece led to further acclaimed creations including Adagio, 21 Blackjack, Baccara and Soprano.

Today, Manufacture Claret employs around one hundred of the most highly qualified experts in a multitude of fields and belongs to the exclusive circle of independent haute horlogerie brands with the capability to conceive, develop and produce timepieces entirely in-house.

The Soprano by Christophe Claret Tourbillon minute repeater with four cathedral gongs Whilst at SalonQP 2012 we had the pleasure in seeing the Christophe Claret Soprano Timepiece in person (persay), the guys at Christophe Claret’s stand were very eager to tell us all about the Minute Repeater and it’s spectacular chimes and how they mimic […]

Christophe Claret and Parmigiani Bet on Poker  Written By: Meehna Goldsmith What is it with haute horlogerie brands and professional poker? Parmigiani sponsors Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, a French poker superstar, and Christophe Claret put their money behind top-ranked No-Limit poker player Badih “Bob” Bounahra, gracing their wrists with some major coinage. Bounahra has the 21 […]