On the 25th anniversary of CHANEL's first watch the Première, whose shape was inspired by the octagonal geometry of the No. 5 perfume bottle stopper and the Place Vendôme, Chanel offers women the opportunity to enter into the world of high mechanical complications. Appropriately, this feminine incursion into the universe of watchmaking complexity is just as mysterious as it is beautiful and poetic.
After its first Tourbillon on a J12 model in 2005, this year, for the first time, Chanel presents a flying Tourbillon.
This exceptional Tourbillon, developed in close collaboration between Chanel and the Swiss manufacturers, engineers and master-watchmakers Renaud & Papi (APRP SA) – the advanced research and development branch of Audemars Piguet – is a first for both companies.
Decorated with the motif of the camellia, a tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel's favourite flower, this flying Tourbillon beats away discreetly and almost secretly at the heart of the Première watch
The floral design creates a delicate texture with the use of interlocked petals and a heart that is paved with diamonds.
The flying Tourbillon makes one rotation per minute, with the petals indicating the seconds.
Equipped with a power reserve of 40 hours, this movement (“Camélia Flying Tourbillon” Caliber) has been mounted on a custom-designed rectangular bottom plate. All the finishes and parts that are chamfered, drawn and circular-grained by hand, adhere to the highest Swiss watchmaking traditions.
The watch case maintains the perfectlybalanced original proportions, albeit in new dimensions : 28.5 mm by 37 mm, compared to 19 mm by 26 mm of the traditional Première.
The case, the bezel and the crown are set entirely with baguett-cut diamonds or Mozambique rubies certified natural and unheated, baguette-cut and a magnificent rose-cut gem with a diameter of 4.85 mm for the crown.
In its ruby version produced in one unique copy, the Première Tourbillon Volant watch is in 18-carat gold set with 181 baguette-cut rubies for a total weight of 12.74 carats, one 0.45-carat rose-cut ruby and 34 brilliant-cut diamonds. All the Mozambique rubies are certified natural and unheated.
It took 160 hours of gem-setting, 85 hours of assembly work (movement and case) and four days of testing to produce the piece.
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.Find out more >
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