Coco and the camellia: Première Camélia Skeleton – Chanel’s second in-house movement

Baselworld 2017: Chanel unveils the gorgeous floral-shaped Calibre 2 in the new Premiere Camélia Skeleton timepiece.

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Chanel marks the 30th anniversary of its Première watch model with a new re-imagination of Camelia, Coco Chanel’s favorite flower and one of the most instantly recognizable emblems in all of Chanel’s products. Along with the tweed jacket, the little black dress, and the two-tone shoes, the camellia symbol transcends time and is regularly reinterpreted. An emblem of longevity and purity, the emblem held a very special significance for Mademoiselle Chanel and the luxury house.

The Première Camellia Skeleton, Chanel’s second in-house movement, sketches out the shape of the intricate Camellia flower. The delicate geometry is places in the same octagonal shape that’s inspired by Chanel’s No. 5 perfume bottle.

The skeleton heart of the new unique timepiece in deepest black blossoms with optional gem-settings and reveals itself like one of the iconic symbols of the luxury House. Chanel presents a version with 104 brilliant-cut diamonds and 4 baguette-cut diamonds or another edition with 42 baguette-cut diamonds and 52 brilliant-cut diamonds.

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“Obviously, there was never any doubt we’d be making an in-house movement for a ladies watch,” Chanel’s international watch director Nicolas Beau said in an interview for hodinkee, . “That was natural for us. What was not natural was making one for men first.”

“This Première measures 28.5 x 37mm and looks very sophisticated. On the wrist, it is difficult to miss – the diamond-set case and crown certainly have their part to play there,” say hodinkee experts.

Calibre 2 will be unveiled at Baselworld 2017. The timepices is priced at €130,000 for the brilliant-set model and goes to €260,000 for the model with the full pavé bracelet.

Thise Chanel watch was born in the Studio of Creation at Place Vendôme and then developed, controlled and assembled by the Swiss Manufacturer Châtelain.

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