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 the opportunity to dive into the world of high mechanical complications. After its first Tourbillon on a J12 model in 2005, this year, for the first time, Chanel presents a flying Tourbillon. This exceptional Tourbillon, was developed in close collaboration between Chanel and the Swiss manufacturers, engineers and master-watchmakers Renaud & Papi, the advanced research and development branch of Audemars Piguet.
Decorated with the motif of the camellia, a tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel’s favourite flower, this flying Tourbillon ticks away at the heart of the ‘Première’ watch. The flying Tourbillon makes one rotation per minute, with the petals indicating the seconds. Equipped with a power reserve of 40 hours all the finishes and parts that are chamfered, drawn and circular-grained by hand, adhere to the highest Swiss watchmaking traditions. The case, the bezel and the crown are set entirely with baguett-cut diamonds or Mozambique rubies and a magnificent rose-cut gem with a diameter of 4.85 mm for the crown. It took 160 hours of gem-setting, 85 hours of assembly work (movement and case) and four days of testing to produce this watch. The only thing we have to add to that is… wow ! www.chanel.fr