Published in: December 2012 Features > Profile: Chanel Mademoiselle Privé collection (Page 1 / 2)

Profile: Chanel Mademoiselle Privé collection

The new collection of highly decorated gem-set watches from Chanel projects both deep reverence for the craft of watchmaking and the values of the Parisian luxury firm

"Mademoiselle Privé" watch, Camélia dial in mother-of-pearl marquetery set with 7 brilliant-cut diamonds on black onyx. 18k white gold case, 60 brilliant-cut diamonds (1 carat). Black satin strap.

A beautiful watch is always more than the sum of its parts; that these parts are themselves beautiful is of course a requirement. Indeed watches must by necessity have the sort of beauty that goes beyond skin deep, so to speak. Such traditional values find common ground with the values of the House of Chanel. The Mademoiselle Privé collection embodies the meeting point of these values, with as much for Chanel enthusiasts to coo about as fine watchmaking enthusiasts.

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"Mademoiselle Privé" watch, Coromandel dial in Grand Feu enamel. 18k white gold case, 594 snow-set dimonds (2.4 carats). Black alligator strap. Self-winding mechanical movement, 42-hour power reserve

We have all heard many times of the ingenuity and fastidiousness of the watchmakers who design, build, assemble and finish the mechanical movement. Their work is sometimes visible via the exhibition casebacks that so many wristwatches sport today. Watchmakers though are not the only artisans needed to create beautiful watches.

Take the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé collection timepieces featured here. These are clearly objects that are perhaps on a different level to a simple mechanical watch. No doubt this impression is reinforced by the presence of precious gemstones but also by the artisanal skill required to create the exquisite objects. Take note of the Grand Feu enamel dials of two models in particular, the Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel and Mademoiselle Privé Plume watches.

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"Mademoiselle Privé" watch, Plume enchantée dial sculpted on black Grand Feu enamel, 18k white gold dial, 63 grain and invisible-set diamonds and 26 pink sapphires, and pink lacquer. 18k white gold case, 316 snow-set diamonds (2.1 carats) and 216 pink sapphires (1.6 carat). Black alligator strap. Self-winding mechanical movement, 42-hour power reserve