Christophe Claret and Layla: A Love Story from the Night of Time, With a Variation on Margot, the Brand’s First Complication for Women

We all know the playful and multi award-winner Margot, Christophe Claret’s first timepiece developed specifically for ladies, launched in 2014 and based on the theme “He loves me…he loves me not” with a daisy in the centre of the dial. When pressing the pushbutton at 2 o’clock, 1 or 2 petals slide under the dial, and a degree of love (or not) with the French words for: “he loves me: a little, a lot, passionately, madly, or not at all” are selected, all at random and accompanied by a chime at each press.

Christophe Claret Layla

In this version made specially for the Middle East, the answers now appear in Arabic calligraphy on the dial. The random selection of “he loves me: a little, a lot, passionately, or madly” in Arabic is made possible by adapting the movement to match the right-to-left direction of Arabic script. And if you want to reconfirm the selection (or not), a reset pusher at 4 o’clock instantly makes all the petals reappear and turns the ‘sentiment’ display to an ellipsis of 3 dots so you can start all over again.

“Layla” means “night” in Arabic, and is also the name of a young woman in a famous love poem written by the Arab poet Qays Al Mulawwah. Verses of the poem are delicately engraved on the mother-of-pearl dial, set with three emeralds at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Gold-tipped, hand polished steel hour and minute hands glide over the 12 white, satin-lacquered titanium petals that surround the central emerald pistil.


“Layla’s” 18K pink gold case has a curved profile for a feminine look and ultimate wearing pleasure; the visual pleasure is also total. In addition to the soft yet very striking dial, the lugs are gem-set, with the crown hidden on the back next to the upper lugs. The space between the upper lugs is adorned with an emerald, while baguette-cut diamonds shine on the bezel.

Through the display back we see 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 triangular precious stones denotes a feeling – hope, passion, tenderness – also translated into Arabic – with each one waiting to align itself with the red lacquered heart when the flower stops dancing. “Layla” is complemented with a green alligator strap.

Limited edition of 20 pieces, priced at 288,000 Swiss francs without tax.

Available at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons in Dubai.

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