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

The Rétrograde Mystérieuse is a concentrated dose of innovation, bringing together complications and world firsts:

  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 47mm diameter has been designed without a side crown to ensure maximum comfort on the wrist. The work on this complication was entrusted to one of the most "state-of-the-art" watchmaking design/construction workshops: Giulio Papi (APRP SA).

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 whilst the minutes hand is reversing, a digital minute counter is displayed in a magnifying aperture at 6 o'clock: between minutes 11 and 19, the time is therefore read with the classic hour hand and the figures which appear in this aperture. 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 blocked 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.

Numbered edition limited to 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.
Power reserve: about 10 days (237 hours) with indicator.
BEZEL 18K gold. 12 high-tech ceramic inserts.
Inserts at 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock activate the crown functions.
CRYSTAL Colourless, dual-face sapphire with anti-reflective coating.
HANDS Perforated skeletons in 18k gold.
CASEBACK 18k gold, with colourless 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 white gold.