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Vietnamese heroines featured on luxury Swiss watch

Vietnamese heroines featured on luxury Swiss watch

Monday, June 05, 2023, 09:12 GMT+7
Vietnamese heroines featured on luxury Swiss watch
The premium timepiece featuring the Trung Sisters from the ‘Legend’ exclusive collection by Christophe Claret. Photo: Christophe Claret’s LinkedIn

High-end Swiss watch company Christophe Claret has introduced a design paying homage to the Trung Sisters, or Hai Ba Trung, two Vietnamese heroines from the first century.

This premium timepiece comes from the ‘Legend’ exclusive collection, which was created by the 37-year-old watchmaker to honor significant historical figures around the world while skillfully combining contemporary technology with traditional culture.

On the upper portion of the dial, Christophe Claret exquisitely crafted the iconic imagery of Hai Ba Trung, two remarkable female generals from Vietnamese history, who repelled Chinese attacks for three years in AD 40s, astride two elephants.

The miniature painting was intricately handmade by famous artist André Martinez, the Swiss watch firm said in a post on LinkedIn, the social media network owned by Microsoft Corp that focuses on business professionals.

The design is a Westminster flying tourbillon minute repeater provided with four jacquemart automatons featuring Hai Ba Trung, according to the LinkedIn post.

The Westminster minute repeater mechanism allows users to play a musical tune when the quarters ring. 

Each quarter has a different ringtone, which are the results of a collaboration between Christophe Claret and a virtuoso violinist.

The company has not disclosed the price of the watch.

However, it can be inferred that the watch is quite expensive as many Christophe Claret timepieces typically exhibit exceptional craftsmanship and are often constructed using a combination of titanium and red gold.

For example, one of their watches inspired by the French Emperor Napoleon carries a price tag of US$649,035.

Christophe Claret has paid tribute to numerous revered historical figures on their watches, including King Naresuan, a highly esteemed monarch in Thailand’s history, the French Emperor Napoleon, and Genghis Khan, the visionary founder of the Mongolian empire.

Many other luxury Swiss watch faces have been adorned with engravings and paintings depicting iconic Vietnamese cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as capturing the essence of typical Vietnamese scenes like floating markets and the breathtaking UNESCO-recognized Ha Long Bay.

Born in 1962 in Switzerland, Christophe Claret is a skilled craftsman in the field of mechanical watchmaking. 

In 1986, he established his eponymous watchmaking workshop in the Swiss city of Le Locle. 

Meanwhile, André Martinez, a painter hailing from Barcelona, Spain, relocated to Le Locle. 

Renowned for his precise painting methods on metal dials, Martinez frequently collaborates with Christophe Claret.

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