Put simply, the concept of the Occhio is based on the diaphragm of a camera whereby the twelve ceramic blades that make up the dial of the watch retract simultaneously the moment the Minute Repeater is engaged and close immediately after its three-gong chimes have struck the hours, quarters and minutes.
During this time, the wearer can observe the 414-part movement, which includes 37 jewels, in all its beauty. The curved sapphire caseback offers another intriguing view of the two decor-ated hammers striking the repeater gongs.
The Occhio is available in 18 carat pink gold or blackened 18 carat white gold and platinum and the movement is a Christophe Claret hand-wound Minute Repeater Calibre with cathedral gong strike with an auxiliary de Grisogono diaphragm sub-assembly. The bridges, bars and plates are anthracire grey and contrast with the gloss-polished screw heads and the jewels. The dimensions of the watch are 43.6 x 56.4 mm (including the mobile horns) x 14.1 mm thick. There is a mat black dial with Arabic numerals in red gilt or silvered script and Dauphine hands in pink or white gold. Water-resistant to 30 metres, the watch is completed with a leather strap with a deployment buckle.
Enough said, now let the pictures do the talking â€¦ or should that be the chiming?
Source: August - September 2005 Issue
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