Time flies and to catch up with it in the most extraordinary manner, Chanel has unveiled the 2014 edition of the Première Flying Tourbillon watch. All set to charm at the oncoming Baselworld from 27th March to 3rd April 2014, the latest version of this timepiece is only limited to 20 pieces.
Boasting of a remarkable complication, this timepiece also tells beautiful feminine tales along with time. Designed for twenty women who crave for nothing but the very best in design and function, Chanel’s new Première Flying Tourbillon watch features the flying tourbillon movement in the shape of Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite flower, the camellia. The flower performs one rotation per minute, with the petals of the flying tourbillon indicating the passing of the seconds. The 225-part flying tourbillon movement has been mounted on a custom-designed rectangular bottom plate and developed exclusively for Chanel by legendary Swiss manufacturers, engineers and master watchmakers Renaud & Papi.
Glamour comes in form of 169 diamonds along with 63 baguette-cut pink sapphires set around the white gold case, the bezel and the crown. The shape of the Première watch has been inspired by the octagonal geometry of Place Vendôme and echoed in the N°5 perfume bottle stopper. The rectangular case is sized at 28.50mm x 37.00mm and fitted with sapphire. Sporting a white gold buckle and a white alligator strap, Chanel’s 2014 Première Flying Tourbillon is water resistant up to 30.00m / 100.00ft.
Chanel also claims that the timepiece is equipped with a power reserve of 40 hours. All the finishes and parts that are chamfered, drawn and circular-grained by hand adhere to the highest Swiss watchmaking traditions. Each timepiece takes over 100 hours to assemble along with additional 23 hours of setting the precious gems.
Its been just two year since its launch but the Chanel Première Flying Tourbillon watch has already been honored as the best women’s watch at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva in 2012.