“Ever since I was a young boy, I’ve played the silver ball. From Soho down to Brighton I must have played them all,” so Roger Daltrey and The Who would tell you.


But for one watchmaker, this has meant an altogether different ball game. As part of a special charity auction this month, Christophe Claret has introduced the X-TREM-1 Pinball Only Watch 2013.

This special number is set to keep not only the time but the biggest of kids entertained thanks to its unique pinball style appearance.
So what’s so special about this bumper horological masterpiece? Just look a bit closer and you may be able to unlock the secret.

Small metal balls are represented by the hours and minutes while slingshots and tiny pinballs made of metal can also be seen inside the detailed mechanism.


In addition to this, the bright colours that incorporate both orange as well as blue reflect the true essence and personality of the pinball craze that swept the world almost as quickly as dear Scot, Susan Boyle.

But if you are looking to get your mitts on this nifty little number, then you will may just have to offer a shed load at the Only Watch charity auction.

This is in aid of AMM, the Monaco Association against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy whose patron already has the royal seal of approval thanks to HRH Prince Albert II.

Time waits for no man or woman as they say but The X-TREM-1 Pinball has taken months of dedication and expertise in order to produce a sterling watch.

Their ethos is expressed in this simple to follow guide. For those of you who are au fait with Blue Peter (drumroll please) here is one I made earlier.

X represents experimental, T is for Time, R stand for Research while E is for Engineering and finally M corresponds to Mechanism. Now go away and learn it by heart!

So let’s get down to the details. What does the X-TREM-1 Pinball offer? It features titanium which is considered to be extremely lightweight not to mention a flying tourbillon which comes fully equipped with double ceramic bearings.

This ensures the maximum dependability and is set at 30 degrees to make it as clear as possible on the wrist.

When it comes to the mechanisms that can be found inside the dial, these symbolise the intricate details of an actual pinball machine which literally springs to life when it is wound.

Other highlights include a movement which is hand wound and a case exclusively made from white gold.


Now that the clouds have disappeared and you have a spring in your step this inspirational watch will have you reaching for the Monopoly or Hungry Hippos again.

Offering retro design not to mention a playful yet interactive timepiece, Christophe Claret is certain to turn many heads with this homage to pinball wizardry – even down to the word TILT which is etched at the top of the face.

Time to reach for that community chest.


Written by Simon Lazarus