Chanel

Through her life, Gabrielle Chanel embodied strength, character and a fierce desire for independence. Maison CHANEL, avant-garde and constantly innovative, has come down through the decades to become an unmistakable symbol of distinction, elegance and refinement.

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  • About Chanel

    Gabrielle Chanel was born in 1883. After spending her childhood in an orphanage, she became a seamstress. She was very soon successful and moved into 21 rue Cambon in Paris, where she made hats with the “Chanel Mode” label. In 1913, she opened her first fashion boutique in Deauville followed, in 1915, by a fashion house in Biarritz. Her avant-garde style clearly set her apart from the fashions of her time.

    By 1918, Gabrielle Chanel was running one of the largest fashion houses of the day. In the space of just a few years, she also took over numbers 27 to 31 rue Cambon, where the Fashion House named after her is still headquartered.

    1921 marked the creation of the legendary CHANEL No. 5 by Ernest Beaux.

    In 1932, Gabrielle Chanel made a remarkable entry into the world of Fine Jewellery with her “Diamond Jewellery” collection.

    In 1935, Chanel was at the height of her fame. At that time she was heading up a company with a workforce of around four thousand people.

    The Second World War obliged her to close down her fashion house. Only her store at 31 rue Cambon remained open. Perfumes and accessories were still successfully sold there.

    Gabrielle Chanel made her great comeback in 1954. She was 71, and decided to begin her collection with a jersey suit, the No. 5. In 1955, she was crowned “the most influential designer of the twentieth century” and received a Fashion Oscar from Stanley Neiman Marcus, owner of the large fashion stores of that name in Dallas.

    She died in 1971.

    In 1987, CHANEL moved into watchmaking with the “Première” watch, opening its first dedicated store at 40 avenue Montaigne.

    In 2000, CHANEL launched the iconic sporty and contemporary-looking J12. The traditional values of CHANEL were followed, including the famous Maison's colour codes: black and white. These colours are sublimated by the use of high-tech ceramic. 

  • Chanel's philosophy

    Through her life, Gabrielle Chanel embodied strength, character and a fierce desire for independence. Maison CHANEL, avant-garde and constantly innovative, has come down through the decades to become an unmistakable symbol of distinction, elegance and refinement.

    All of the Firm's lines of business are characterised by its creativity, in particular watchmaking – influenced by the elegance of its famous seamstress founder and firmly rooted in all of the CHANEL codes.

  • Chanel's 5 key dates

    1883: birth of Gabrielle Chanel
    1987: CHANEL Watches founded; launch of the Première watch
    2000: launch of the J12 watch
    2003: CHANEL takes part in the exclusive Baselworld show for the first time
    2012: the “Première Tourbillon Volant” is awarded the Geneva Grand Prix d'Horlogerie in the “Ladies' Watch" category

  • Chanel's collections

    J12 : This collection comes in 3 versions:
    - Black : Chanel's first sports watch in ceramic, marking a complete style revolution.
    - White : a spotless white that made this colour a must in watchmaking.
    - Chromatic : the fruit of CHANEL's desire to give ceramic a new shade and particular sheen.

    Première: Modelled on the shape of the Chanel No. 5 perfume cap and the proportions of Place Vendôme, its octagonal case is a condensed history of the Maison's core values.

    Mademoiselle Privé : Evocative of both femininity and exclusivity, this collection has a very particular significance: the words “Mademoiselle Privé” were written on the door of Gabrielle Chanel's workshop. This highly emblematic and symbolic collection combines jewellery and watchmaking expertise, paying tribute to the Craftsmanship cherished by the Maison.

    Jewellery Watches : In its quest for perfection, CHANEL draws on twofold expertise that combines the long-standing tradition of its master jewellers since 1932 with watchmaking knowhow to develop themes cherished by Gabrielle Chanel, such as feathers and ribbons.

  • Contact Chanel

    CHANEL
    135 Avenue Charles de Gaulle
    F - 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
    T. +33 1 58 37 40 00

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Featured Chanel Watches

  • Thumbnail Chanel Première Double Tour H3720 - watch close-up view

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    Premiere

    Double Tour

  • Thumbnail Chanel Première Triple Row - watch face view

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    Premiere

    Triple Row

  • Thumbnail Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Décor Camélia Maki-e H3567 - watch face view

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    Mademoiselle Prive

    Décor Camélia Maki-e

  • Thumbnail Chanel J12 Chromatic Or Beige 33MM H4197 - watch face view

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    J12 Chromatic

    Or Beige 33MM

  • Thumbnail Chanel J12 Blue Light 38mm H3821 - watch face view

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    J12 White

    Blue Light 38MM

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Definition of the day

Crown,

In watchmaking, the crown, or rather the crown wheel, is an indented wheel which engages the winding pinion and the ratchet wheel fixed to the barrel arbor. The winding crown is a knurled or fluted button of various shapes used to manually wind the watch. Pushbutton crowns are winding crowns which incorporate a mobile pushbutton for operating a chronograph mechanism or a sports counter, or to release the inside cover of a hunter case.