This is no ordinary super high-end watch made in honor of gambling games. This is a Christophe Claret
watch made in honor of gambling games. His new watch for 2011 is the 21 Blackjack, and is the third watch with his name on it. All the images of the watch aren't released yet.
Massively complicated, the 21 Blackjack has a brand new Christophe Claret
movement in it called the BLJ08. It has 501 hand finished parts and two barrels with a 72 hour power reserve. But what really matters is that in addition to the time it lets you play three games. Which games? I am not 100% sure how they will all work, but it will be blackjack, dice, and roulette. The dice game is on the side of the case (which probably has a mechanical dice toss randomizer), and there are images of cards on disc under the smoky sapphire dial. You can probably play blackjack with yourself and the watch is the dealer. You can now lose money to a watch you'll probably have to spend well over half a million dollars for. If you like, you can get the dial as a solid piece of onyx with windows for the game indicators.
On the back of the watch is supposed to be a roulette table that moves with the movement. Does that mean the little ball will ever stop? Probably. There is also a chiming function connected to the games. No Christophe Claret watch is made without some manner of gong and hammers given his love of chiming complications. The 21 Blackjack will debut in a 45mm wide titanium case with a series of high-tech materials no one but Mr. Claret can likely offer. In addition to various titanium tones, the watch will be offered in 18k white or pink gold. One of the damn coolest things about the watch are the hands. See that outline in red? That is synthetic ruby crystal. How neat is that? If you don't like the ruby, you can get the hands outlined with ceramic instead. Christophe Claret is all about customization - so expect this watch in various disguises. I look forward to some hands-on time with it in March during its debut.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews