Discover the inspiration behind the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Décor Aubazine
Think you know the life and times of Coco Chanel inside out? From the great love of her life whose masculine wardrobe she drew her fashion inspirations to her favourite number translated into a cult fragrance, these famous excerpts of Mademoiselle's life are irrevocably tied to the Chanel identity. Any brand loyalist knows this like the back of their hand; yet there's one chapter (or more appropriately, the prologue) that has slipped mostly to the wayside among the more vicarious sagas of Coco's larger-than-life existence.
Now given its own expression in the form of an enchanting jewellery watch trio, the early days of Gabrielle Chanel are depicted in the new Mademoiselle Privé Décor Aubazine collection. So named after the Aubazine Abbey orphanage where a young Coco spent her teenage years leading an austere life, and where she learnt to sew — which, if you think about it, is technically where it all started — her adolescent self was captivated by the Abbey's Romansque aesthetics and its many intricate symbols. Sumptuously recreated in the hands of master artisans, enamellers, engraves, carvers and stone-setters, the watches are a nod to the motifs that decorated the stained-glass windows.
Three different dials crafted using precious materials such as white gold and diamonds display the interlacing geometric lines, testament to the maison's exceptional savoir-faire. Fully paved with countless brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds across the entirety of its 37.5mm-sized face, the Décor Aubazine is fine watchmaking and high jewellery merged into a piece of objet d'art that tells another layer in the story of Gabrielle Chanel. The writing's on the dial for this one.
The Mademoiselle Privé Décor Aubazine is available at the Chanel Fine Jewellery boutique, limited to 5 pieces per design. For last week's #FirstClassFriday, click here.