Chanel Presents Premiere Tourbillon Watch At The Basel International Watch Fair

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Chanel’s first watch ‘Premiere’, Chanel will introduce the first highly complicated mechanical ladies watch. This is also Chanel’s first use of a floating tourbillon movement after the first J12 tourbillon watch in 2005. The octagonal dial of the ‘Premiere’ watch is inspired by the iconic contours of Paris’s Place Vendôme, while echoing the shape of the bottle cap of Chanel N ° 5 perfume.
 This remarkable tourbillon is the result of close collaboration between the designers, engineers and watchmakers of Chanel and Renaud & Papi (part of APRP SA), the advanced research and development department of Audemars Piguet. The first floating tourbillon developed.
 This floating tourbillon is designed into the favorite camellia pattern of Ms. Chanel and rotates once per minute. The rotating petals show the elapsed seconds.
 This ‘Camellia Float Tourbillon’ movement is mounted on a rectangular bottom plate tailored to the case, with a power reserve of 40 hours. All detailed decoration and chamfered, straightened and rounded decorative parts are carefully hand-finished in accordance with the highest requirements of the Swiss fine watchmaking tradition.
 The case, bezel and crown are set with baguette-cut diamonds, round diamonds or rubies.
 The ‘Premiere’ floating tourbillon watch with diamonds is limited to 20 pieces worldwide, each of which is individually numbered. This watch is made of 18K white gold and is set with 101 baguette-cut diamonds (5.7 carats total) and 127 brilliant-cut round diamonds (2 carats total).
 Jewelry inlays for each limited edition watch require 23 hours of labor, and assembly requires more than 100 hours of labor.
 This watchmaking piece is one of Chanel’s new works to be presented at the Baselworld 2012.