Baselworld Preview Chanel – Première Flying Tourbillon watch

By MyWatch
Appropriately, this feminine incursion into the universe of watchmaking complexity is just as mysterious as it is beautiful and poetic.
After its ?rst Tourbillon on a J12 model in 2005, this year, for the ?rst time, Chanel presents a ?ying Tourbillon.
This exceptional Tourbillon, developed in close collaboration between Chanel and the Swiss manufacturers, engineers and master-watchmakers Renaud & Papi (APRP SA) – the advanced research and development branch of Audemars Piguet – is a
?rst for both companies.
Decorated with the motif of the camellia, a tribute to Mademoiselle Chanel’s favorite ?ower, this ?ying Tourbillon beats away discreetly and almost secretly at the heart of the Première watch. The ?oral design creates a delicate texture with the use of interlocked petals and a heart that is paved with diamonds.
The ?ying Tourbillon makes one rotation per minute, with the petals indicating the seconds.
Equipped with a power reserve of 40 hours, this movement (“Camélia Flying Tourbillon” Caliber) has been mounted on a custom-designed rectangular bottom plate. All the ?nishes and parts that are chamfered, drawn and circular-grained by hand, adhere to the highest Swiss watchmaking traditions.
The hour and minute hands are off-center and set higher on the black ceramic dial.
The watch case maintains the perfectly balanced original proportions, albeit in new dimensions: 28.5 mm by 37 mm, compared to 19 mm by 26 mm of the traditional Première.
The case, the bezel and the crown are set entirely with baguette-cut or round-cut diamonds or precious stones.
Produced in a limited edition of 20 numbered pieces, the “Première Flying Tourbillon” in 18-carat white gold is set with 101 baguette-cut diamonds for a total of 5.2 carats, and 127 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of 2 carats. Each piece requires 23 hours of setting and over one hundred hours of assembly.
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