CHANEL PRESENTS THE PREMIERE FLYING TOURBILLON AT THE BASELWORLD WATCHMAKING EXHIBITION
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.