Grandes Complications

J12 Rétrograde Mystérieuse

After introducing the first tourbillon featuring a highly innovative high-tech ceramic bottom plate Chanel has confirmed its status as a contemporary watchmaking pioneer by creating the J12 Rétrograde Mystérieuse.

The Rétrograde Mystérieuse is a concentrated dose of innovation, bringing together world première features:

  1. A tourbillon
  2. A digital minutes display
  3. A retrograde minutes hand
  4. A 10-day power reserve
  5. A retractable vertical crown

This perfectly round watch with a 47 mm diameter has been designed without a side crown to ensure maximum comfort on the wrist. The design and production of this watchmaking feat are the work of Giulio Papi and his team.

When the minute hand butts up against the crown built into the dial, it starts moving backwards around the dial until it is positioned on the other side of the crown: an entirely new retrogradation (return journey) design in the world of fine mechanical complications.

So that the watch continues to give the time during the counter clockwise movement of the minute hand, an analog minute counter displays minutes 11 though 19 in a magnified aperture at the 6 o'clock position. The time is therefore read with the classic hour hand displaying the hour and the digits, which appears in this aperture displaying minutes 11 through 19. The watch remains totally accurate, further improved by its tourbillon.

The winding crown is retractable: when disconnected from its various functions (winding and setting the time), it is pushed in and remains locked in the down position. Simple pressure brings it out of its housing, with no ill effect on the running of the watch, to restore its functions.

Limited and numbered edition of ten pieces in 18K white gold or ten pieces in 18K pink gold.

CASE 18K gold and black high-tech ceramic.
MOVEMENT CHANEL RMT-10 Calibre, exclusively designed for CHANEL by Renaud et Papi Manufacture (APRP SA). 44 jewels. 21,600 vibrations/hour.
BEZEL 18K gold. Twelve high-tech ceramic inserts. The inserts at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock activate the crown functions.
CRYSTAL Colorless, dual-face crystal with anti-reflective coating.
HANDS Perforated skeletons in 18K gold.
CASEBACK 18K gold with colorless, dual-face sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.
CROWN Polished and circular-grained steel. “Clou de Paris” pattern in 18K gold, capped by black high-tech ceramic.
BRACELET Black high-tech ceramic.
CLASP CHANEL-patented triple folding buckle in 18K gold.