Chanel pushes forward with its unique brand of watchmaking

Chanel pushes forward with its unique brand of watchmaking

Beauty inside out

Text: Celine Yap

The Première Camélia Skeleton hides nothing with its fully open-worked design

Marking the 30th anniversary of the Première, this artistic timepiece honours one of the maison's most cherished symbols — the camellia. Yet it also brandishes a product of fine horological savoir-faire: An in-house movement. Calibre 2 is the second movement made by Chanel and its core structure is based on a drawing of a camellia flower. What's most impressive about this movement is the multi-level petals giving it a three-dimensional effect. In some models, the skeletonised white gold bridges are also set with diamonds in a highly complex process.

Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton

Kept as pure and open-worked as possible, all the negative space gives the impression that the camellia is simply floating in mid-air, thanks in part to the front and back sapphire crystals. The gem-set version is studded with 246 brilliant-cut diamonds and the non-diamond version comes with a black ADLC finish. Don't be fooled by its delicate appearance, though, because this timepiece has been put through the Chronofiable test, which checks for precision and reliable of a movement. A Chanel spokesperson says that the average daily rate is -5/+10.

The Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton debuted at BaselWorld 2017.