Chanel comes up with a very special Camelia for the 25th anniversary of its watch department that showcases the ethereal lightness of a flying tourbillon.

 

The contrast between the black ceramic and the diamonds is enhanced by the depth of the dial and the flying tourbillon © Chanel

Chanel is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its watch department with a classy tribute to founder Coco, putting Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite flower in the spotlight of an extremely feminine and sophisticated limited edition timepiece. All the iconic details are combined on a dazzling creation called Première Flying Tourbillon: the traditional bi-chromatic look is provided by black (ceramic dial and strap) versus white (diamonds). The octagonal geometry of the white gold case is reminiscent of both the No. 5 perfume bottle stopper and Place Vendôme’s layout. The cherry on top is provided by the delicate Camelia on the tourbillon.

 

101 baguette-cut diamonds and 127 brilliant-cut diamonds cover the case, bezel, crown and hands – but the flying tourbillon steals the show © Chanel

If the brilliance of the 127 brilliant-cut and 101 baguette-cut diamonds give the 18-karat Première that typical Parisian high jewelry touch, the high horology character is provided by a flying tourbillon without upper bridge – thus creating the illusion that the frame is revolving weightlessly. The latter provides a lot of technical and aesthetic panache that will please the most demanding followers of the famous Parisian house.

Something quite ethereal

In the space of 25 years, Chanel has managed to put a prestigious fashion print on modern watchmaking, particularly through the use of its near iconic J12 model – establishing a trend of white and black ceramic timepieces that many other brands have tried to follow. When a powerhouse like Chanel decided to create a watch department, it was clear that it had to come up with something really special, not only in form but also in function. Its feminine incursion into the world of complex watchmaking had to be mysterious yet sublime. After a first-ever tourbillon integrated in the J12 line seven years ago and the launch of the poetic J12 Rétrograde Mystérieuse in 2010, this year Chanel joined forces with mechanical specialists Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi yet again to introduce something even more ethereal.