Christophe Claret


The natural pink mother-of-pearl dial reveals engraved verses penned by the Arab poet, Qays Al Mulawwah. The poem from which these excerpts are taken tells the story of a young Bedouin poet, whose lifeless body is discovered protecting a final poem dedicated to his lovely cousin Layla, promised to another suitor.


Layla is a variation of Margot, the first Christophe Claret complication specifically developed for women, suffused with oriental colors in a 20-piece limited series.

The eagerly-awaited answer of the “He loves me… he loves me not” game appears at random in calligraphic letters (in Arabic) on the dial at 8 o’clock: Un peu (a little) – beaucoup (a lot) – passionnément (passionately) – à la folie (madly) – pas du tout (not at all)? The difficulty for the Christophe Claret team lay in adapting the movement of the Margot for this interpretation so as to match the right-to-left direction of Arabic script.

The natural pink mother-of-pearl dial reveals delicately engraved verses penned by the Arab poet, Qays Al Mulawwah.

The display back reveals the self-winding rotor, a delicately carved, flower-shaped carousel of colors symbolizing sentiments of love, with a central cabochon concealing the rotor’s ball bearings. Each one of the eight resplendent triangular precious stones denote a feeling – hope, passion, tenderness – also translated into Arabic.

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Reference : MTR.EMT17.150-170 (Layla)

  • Movement

    Caliber: EMT17, self-winding
    - Diameter: 38.4 mm
    - Thickness: 9.76 mm
    Number of components: 731
    Number of jewels: 95
    Power reserve:
    - 72 hours
    - Two barrels
    - Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
    - Swiss lever

  • Functions

    • Hours and minutes
    • “He loves me... he loves me not” (“Effeuiller la marguerite” in French)
    • Symbolic ”colour-feeling” on the winding rotor
  • Case

    Dimensions: Ø42.50 x 14.52 mm
    Water resistance: 3 ATM / 30 m / 100 ft

  • Features

    • 12 "He loves me…he loves me not” petals to ‘pick off’
    • ‘Sentiment’ displayed in window at 8 o’clock: a little, a lot, passionately, madly and not at all
    • Pusher at 2 o’clock ’picks off’ one or two petals while advancing the ‘Sentiment’ indicator by 1 sentiment
    • Striking chime at each action of the 2 o’clock pusher with a visible hammer at 8 o’clock
    • "He loves me… loves me not” reset pusher at 4 o’clock: all the petals instantly reappear around a pistil, while the ‘Sentiment’ displayed turns to an ellipsis (…)
  • Material

    5N red gold, baguette-set
    69 diamonds (4.80 carats)

    Top lugs:
    Framing an emerald

    Steel with 4N pink gold tips

    Pink mother-of-pearl, White gold prong-set with emeralds

    5N red gold

    Emerald green alligator
    5N red gold prong-set with pear-shaped diamonds

20-piece limited series