The idea of a watch that lets you play three mini casino games sounds like a cheesy prize you d win at an arcade. But when a novelty games replica watches can only be won at the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco, you know it has to be something special. The 21 Blackjack, by Christophe Claret, is the novelty watch we re talking about, with a new limited edition being offered as a winning prize at a upcoming tournament at the Monte Carlo Casino.
21 Blackjack Watch
This is the original 21 Blackjack watch by Christophe Claret that was revealed earlier this year. There are several versions, each using different precious metals for the case and some with different gambling motifs for the dial, limited to 21 per version. The big 45mm case has tinted-gray sapphire crystal covers, giving a glare-free view of the three casino games. The hands are also unique, some edged with ruby or ceramic. Some models also offer a semi-skeleton view, letting you see the playing cards spin as you play blackjack.
The main event is the blackjack table on the face. Following the real rules of blackjack with a full deck, offering 884,736 combinations. The watch is the dealer, with push buttons to deal and to hit. There are 3 cards at the top for the dealer, with 4 below for the player. After dealing, they dealer has 1 card revealed with 2 hidden, with the player showing 2 with 2 hidden. There is one hit button to reveal the players hidden cards, with another hit button for the dealer. Every time a hit button is pushed to reveal a new card, a gong chime sounds. The cards are printed on solid gold disks below that spin with the deal button.
On the flip side, Christophe Claret has ingeniously used the automatic winding rotor to power the amazingly detailed roulette table. One or two movements set the roulette table off with a push button, with it automatically stopping after a moment. While it would have be great to have a little ball bouncing around inside, a black arrow points to the winning number.
And now for the third bonus game of dice. It s found on the side of the case in a little sapphire box, which you shake to play. The miniature dice, which measure only 1.5mm, look to be made out of gold in the video below. Maybe the dice will be made to match the casing on the different additions vintage wedding dresses ?
21 Blackjack Casino de Monte Carlo
For lucky winners at the roulette table at the Monte Carlo Casino on Dec. 9-10th, they will receive this exclusive branded edtion of the 21 Blackjack. This version, again limited to 21, has a diamond-print face, letting you see through between them, with the Monte Carlo Casino logo stamped in the middle. A attractive ruby-red leather strap is used, with rubies and baguette-cut diamonds lining the bezel on a white gold case. A Different Monte Carlo edition will also be sold, featuring the same face and stamp, but with a black strap and white gold bezel.