The Flowers

“The flowers are like an escapade to the fields of Grasse.”

—Patrice Leguéreau

The olfactory formula of N°5 is a heady mix of May rose, ylang-ylang and delicate night-blooming jasmine. Its composition has remained unchanged for a century, since the fragrance’s creation. Nurtured by the temperate climate of Grasse, France, these flowers are usually experienced through their potent perfume, while their physical beauty remains unseen. They now blossom through the imagination of high jewelry.

CHANEL High Jewelry ring - The Flowers

To begin, Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the Fine Jewelry Creation Studio, painted sweeping watercolors to establish movement and color. Then, he refined the design with a technique of gouache paintings so detailed that they reveal light reflecting off gemstones like droplets of dew on petals. The florals were then expressed as a voluminous wax maquette before taking shape in precious materials. These flowers bloomed at the hands of the high jewelry artisans, who implemented masterly savoir-faire to achieve lifelike dimension.

N°5 COLLECTION The Flowers

A film of Savoir-faire: The Flowers

The notes of N°5 are inextricably linked with the visual motifs of another high jewelry collection: Bijoux de Diamants, the celestial-inspired pieces created by Gabrielle Chanel in 1932. The magic of this synergy influenced Patrice Leguéreau’s creative impulse to seamlessly fuse past and present. Jasmine, with its 5 illuminated petals, dazzles in diamonds like a cosmic star. Ylang-ylang bursts forth like the sun, in golden rays that bathe the May rose, whose form represents the shapes of heavenly bodies that nurture flowers from above.