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Manufacture of watch cases

High-Tech Ceramic

The precise gestures of a Jeweller

The ultimate Grande Complication

How spirit is breathed into machines

Manufacture of watch cases


La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, at an altitude of 1,000 metres, is home to the world's highest concentration of activities connected with Haute Horlogerie. It is entirely appropriate, therefore, that CHANEL's watchmaking workshops are at La Chaux-de-Fonds, in the heart of this "Watch Valley".
From design to final assembly, the CHANEL teams draw, design, fashion, cut, mould, polish, assemble, adjust and regulate all watch components, including certain mechanical components in the famous J12 high-tech ceramic cases.

High-Tech Ceramic


CHANEL has mastered the savoir-faire required for the use of high-tech ceramic.
Made from zirconium dioxide powder and yttrium, ceramic has exceptional properties:

- Highly resistant to scratches. The hardness index of high-tech ceramic is 9 out of 10 on the Mohs scale, while that of diamond is 10. Only diamonds can therefore be used to fashion, sculpt and polish each component.
- Non-oxidising.
- Inert to chemical agents.
- Elevated refraction index. A unique brilliance enhanced by diamond powder polishing

From intense black to immaculate white, high-tech ceramic has been transformed into a precious material, revolutionising the rules of watchmaking. the abyss.

The precise gestures of a Jeweller

The excellence of gem-setting in CHANEL watches is assured by the CHANEL workshops at La Chaux-de-Fonds.

The ultimate Grande Complication


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

- A tourbillon
- A digital minutes display
- A retrograde minutes hand
- A 10-day power reserve
- 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 design and production of this watchmaking feat are the work of Giulio Papi and his teams.

How spirit is breathed into machines


From design to final assembly, the CHANEL teams draw, design, fashion, cut, mould, polish, assemble, adjust and regulate all watch components, including certain mechanical components in the famous J12 high-tech ceramic cases.