Christophe Claret's Latest Watch Lets You Kill Time By Playing Poker

Christophe Claret's Latest Watch Lets You Kill Time By Playing Poker

Christophe Claret's first foray into the seedy world of wristworn gambling was the Blackjack 21 that let deep-pocketed watch aficionados pretend to squander away even more of their fortunes. That was followed by a Baccarat model, and now the company is introducing an even more complicated model that lets up to three players enjoy a quick game of Texas Hold'em Poker.

Christophe Claret actually intended to release this particular model first back in 2011, but the mechanisms required to orchestrate the 52 cards needed for a legit game of Poker required an additional two years of development and refinement. So in addition to cramming an actual working watch inside this piece's 45-millimetre wide case, there's a mechanical card dealer in there too with various components ensuring the results are always random.

Christophe Claret's Latest Watch Lets You Kill Time By Playing Poker

To ensure that the three players huddled around the tiny watch can't see each other's cards, Christophe Claret has employed a series of strategically angled shutters keeping other hands out of view. The game plays out through a series of button pushes, and is accented with a series of gongs that are triggered during specific parts of a round. And with an impressive 72 hours of power reserve, you can keep gambling for days without having to worry about giving the Poker a wind.

Only 80 pieces will be produced, 20 in each of four different finishes and colours, and you can probably safely expect it to come with a price tag similar to its predecessor -- somewhere in the $US200,000 neighbourhood. Imagine the weekend you'd have in Vegas for that much money. [Christophe Claret]



    Because someone with $200,000 lying around will want to gather over a time-piece to gamble instead of... you know, a table with cards.

      They purchase these kind of watches because they're collector items. Not because they're actually going to use the function. Sort of like tourbillion movements. They're useless now unless they're on a pocket watch.

    Watches like this may retain their value because of the art involved but I just can't wait for the smart watch era to begin in a way that'll send overly expensive swiss watch makers a run for their money. Poker on wrist? Pff! There's an app for that.

    Last edited 21/01/14 6:16 am

      That will never happen. High end watch brands are growing like crazy!

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