Christophe Claret’s 21 Blackjack timepiece has won the Prize for Innovation at Couture Time’s all-new juried watchmaking competition, the only contest of its kind in the U.S. Presented as part of the Couture Design Awards, the Couture Time Jury Prize recognizes exceptional timepieces in different categories. The Jury Prize for Innovation, for outstanding invention and innovation, was presented to Christophe Claret for the 21 Blackjack watch.
The jurors included John Reardon, head of the Watch and Clock Department at Sotheby’s in New York; Keith Strandberg, International Editor at Watch Journal; veteran watch journalist Roberta Naas; watch collector and TimeZone.com forum moderator Sam Yukon; and Nick Stellino, a celebrity chef and watch collector, who also took the podium during the ceremony to announce the winners.
Conceptualized as a miniature casino, the 21 Blackjack matches creative complications with the heady world of gaming, with models built around blackjack, roulette and dice.
More photos and information of 21 Blackjack after the jump below.
Phil Ogle, Director of Sales Christophe Claret
Phil Ogle, Director of Sales Christophe Claret, Glen Bowen, Watch Journal Publisher, Nick Stellino, Watch Collector
Mechanical self-winding movement, BLJ08 calibre, twin barrel, 501 components, 40 jewels and 7 double sets of ceramic ball bearings, frequency 28,800 v/h (4 Hz), power reserve approx. 72 hours
Hour, minute, three games: blackjack with chime, roulette and dice
White gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; pink gold and grade 5 black PVD titanium; platinum and grade 5 black PVD titanium; grade 5 black PVD titanium; or grade 5 grey titanium
Diameter: 45 mm
Two side windows, one revealing the striking mechanism’s hammer and gong, the other a pair of dice
Water-resistant to 3 atm (30 m)
Titanium and grey sapphire with a plaque decorated with casino-related motifs or black onyx
Front with three “dealer” windows and four “player” windows
Back: 3D roulette wheel that rotates as the watch rotor moves
Black alligator with a two-screw attachment system
Each version will be limited to a maximum of 21 pieces