We can’t take out eyes off this magnificent Chanel Premiere Flying Tourbillon watch, which will be unveiled at the week-long 2012 BaselWorld exhibition from March 8 to 15. And it’s only the picture we’ve been leering at. Imagine the seeing it in the flash!
The exquisite octagonal-shaped dial of this mechanical timepiece is a dazzling homage to Chanel No 5 (the perfume bottle stopper sports a similar architecture) as well as the legendary Place Vendôme in Paris where Hotel Ritz Paris, one-time home to Coco Chanel, stands. More significantly, the heart of the watch — aka the flying tourbillon — truly beats for Mademoiselle Chanel, whose favourite flower is the Camellia.
10 Things You Should Know About This Watch
- This is Chanel’s first flying tourbillon creation after introducing the traditional tourbillon to the J12 in 2005.
- The flying tourbillon makes one complete rotation per minute, with the petals indicating the seconds.
- The watch is quipped with a power reserve of 40 hours.
- Case dimension: 28.5mm by 37mm (bigger than the original Premiere’s 19mm by 26mm.)
- Bling factor: 18k white gold case set with 101 baguette-cut diamonds (5.2 carats in total) and 127 brilliant-cut diamonds (totalling 2 carats)
- The dial is made of black ceramic.
- Produced in a limited edition of 20 numbered pieces.
- This watch is the result of a collaboration between Chanal and Swiss master watchmakers Renaud & Papi, the advanced R&D branch of Audemars Piguet.
- The tourbillon works intricately to resist the impact of gravity, thus ensuring accurate time-keeping.
- The flying tourbillon performs the same function but without a key component called the upper bridge, the absence of which enhances the aesthetics of the watch. Put simply, it’s sort of like the contact lens or lasik of horology — perfect vision without the glasses!