In a momentous debut, CHANEL (Instagram) graces Dubai Watch Week 2023, unveiling a world where haute horlogerie converges with high fashion in a dance of precision and panache. This year’s event, a convergence of the finest in watchmaking, sees CHANEL presenting its Haute Horlogerie creations for the first time.
The core of CHANEL’s horological philosophy is encapsulated by Arnaud Chastaingt’s leadership at the Watch Creation Studio. Here, a vision that intertwines audacity with femininity flourishes under the banner of total creative freedom, giving life to timepieces with a unique character. “Blending boundless creativity, technical brilliance, and exceptional materials, the CHANEL Watch Creation Studio imagines pieces that go beyond simply measuring time to enhance the allure of women,” a statement that perfectly encapsulates CHANEL’s ethos.
“CHANEL is pleased to participate in the Dubai Watch Week, showcasing our latest creations: Manufacture movement watches and Métiers d’art collections expressing the creativity and excellence of CHANEL Haute Horlogerie,” says the House, signaling an era of innovation and artistry. The INTERSTELLAR de CHANEL capsule collection, with its futuristic interpretations of iconic models like the iconic J12, PREMIÈRE, and BOY.FRIEND, and CODE COCO, underscores this pioneering spirit.
Inspired by the realms of science fiction and space, the collection marks a bold departure into a universe where time and fantasy converge. The standout piece, a flying tourbillon movement with a solitaire diamond, epitomizes the fusion of technical prowess and aesthetic splendor, a hallmark of CHANEL’s watchmaking philosophy.
At the heart of this showcase is the Mademoiselle Privé Pique-Aiguilles collection, a tribute to Gabrielle Chanel’s essential dressmaking tools. Here, Chastaingt transforms the functional pincushion into a symbol of timeless elegance. Each watch in this collection tells a unique story – from the intricate lacework of camellias to the boldness of black tweed.
A highlight of the collection, the Pearls Motif watch, limited to 20 pieces, is a masterpiece of intricacy and opulence. Encased in 18K yellow gold and adorned with over 200 brilliant-cut diamonds, its black tweed-effect dial is a canvas for hand-sculpted jewels, creating a tableau of luxury that transcends timekeeping.
Similarly, the Lace Motif watch, a marvel of ‘Grand Feu’ enamel and delicate engraving, showcases CHANEL’s mastery over material and form, marrying the delicacy of lace with the durability of precious metals.
Beyond the Pique-Aiguilles, CHANEL’s Métiers d’Art collection unveils the Mademoiselle Privé Lion series, a homage to Gabrielle Chanel’s star sign, Leo.
This collection, through its sculpted lions and diamond-studded dials, opens a window into the private world of Gabrielle Chanel, reflecting her personal symbols and cherished objects. Limited editions of 20 and 555 pieces, these watches are more than timekeepers; they are storytellers, encapsulating Mademoiselle Chanel’s essence in every detail.
Dubai Watch Week 2023 becomes a stage where CHANEL’s horological story unfolds, weaving together the threads of haute couture, audacious design, and technical mastery. Each creation, limited in number but boundless in imagination, offers a glimpse into a world where time is not just measured but is celebrated as an art form.
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