The one-of-a-kind Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé collection has been enhanced with several new timepieces depicting springtime motifs. These new creations were presented earlier at the Baselworld 2016 watch show.
Each of these five new Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Flying Birds watches comes in a snow-set 18-karat beige gold case, an exclusive alloy manufactured in homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s passion for this neutral shade. The gold is shaped, engraved and then oxidized in order to bring out the detail of the carving. The elegant and feminine case measures 37.5mm in diameter, befitting for an average size of a woman’s wrist.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a stunning mother-of-pearl dial which has been precisely cut, thus resulting in a highly detailed and realistic motif. Furthermore, a so-called “trembling” effect has been added in order to resemble the way birds seem to take flight with the movement of the wearer’s wrist. As you can see on these images, delicate birds, as well as flowers and branches which are inspired by the designs of a coromandel screen, are arranged in the relief on the dial.
It took three weeks of work for the most skilful enamellers, engravers, carvers and gem-setters to complete each dial, including carving of all the elements, affixing of the bird and testing of the vibrating spring on which it is mounted.
Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Flying Birds offers water resistance up to 30 meters (approximately 100 feet). The beating heart of the watch is a highly accurate quartz movement which offers hour and minute functions.
This fabulous novelty is attached to a sleek, black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap, fitted with an 18-karat beige gold folding clasp set with 80 sparkling diamonds.
For the last few years, Mademoiselle Privé collection has become an expressive outlet for the métiers d’art of haute horlogerie and haute joaillerie.