On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Première watch, whose shape was inspired by the octagonal geometry of Place Vendôme in Paris and echoed in the
N°5 perfume bottle stopper, Chanel offers women the opportunity to enter into the realm of high mechanical complications.

After its first Tourbillon designed on a J12 model in 2005, in 2012 Chanel presents a flying Tourbillon on a Première watch model for the first time.
This exceptional tourbillon, developed in close collaboration between Chanel and the Swiss manufacturers, engineers and master-watchmakers Renaud et Papi (APRP SA) - the advanced research and development branch of Audemars Piguet - is a first for both companies.
The Flying Tourbillon, in the form of a stylised camellia, Mademoiselle Chanel's favourite flower, performs one rotation per minute, the petals indicating the passing of the seconds.
Equipped with a power reserve of 40 hours, the movement has been mounted on a custom-designed rectangular bottom plate. All the finishes and parts that are chamfered, drawn and circular-grained by hand adhere to to the highest Swiss watchmaking traditions.

The case, the bezel and the crown are entirely set with baguette-cut or round diamonds or precious stones.
Produced in a limited edition of 20 numbered pieces, the Première Flying Tourbillon watch in 18K white gold is set with 101 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of approximately 5.7 carats, and 127 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of approximately 2 carats.
Each piece requires 23 hours' setting work and over one hundred hours' assembly work.
This watchmaking creation is one of the new models to be presented at Baselworld in 2012.