Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Watch

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Back at Baselworld in March, Chanel created a stir by launching its Monsieur de Chanel timepiece – a sophisticated watch that targeted a male consumer. With a wealth of experience in women’s watches, it was an unusual step but six months on, Hodinkee has put the Monsieur through its paces and found its appeal to be lasting.

In a detailed analysis, Hodinkee praises its sleek 40mm x 10mm dimensions and an aesthetic that features what it describes as “a compelling balance and sense of geometric rigor that’s classical and contemporary.” Featuring a jumping hour display and a three-day power reserve, the Monsieur’s Caliber 1 movement – constructed in house – is also worth shouting about. The article then makes the point that gender means little when it comes to watchmaking – quality is far more important.

Monsieur de Chanel is a limited edition of 300 pieces, 150 in both white gold and beige gold, at $36,000 and $34,500 respectively. More information can be found at Chanel.com.


This is an unexpected but very impressive announcement from a truly iconic brand in the fashion world – Chanel – and they unveiled a brand new, men's dedicated wristwatch called the Monsieur. Oh, and it's damn impressive. It's a jumping hour, retrograde with three-day power reserve, a great profile and stunning view from the back. Let's get into the Monsieur de Chanel now.

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The Monsieur de Chanel is Chanel's first dedicated men's watch and certainly first with complication, and what makes that even more important is that it was designed and built completely in-house. And what makes that even more special is that the watch looks fantastic on both the front and the back, and wears like a dream. So what is it? Obviously this is a jumping hour watch, with a pronounced hour display at 6 o'clock. The font used here was indeed designed for this watch – just as the font seen on the Slim d'Hermes was designed for that watch (sidebar: is designing a new font for every new watch now a thing? bc if so, things just got intense).

Directly above the hour at 6 o'clock, you have a lovely running seconds, and above that, you have a retrograde minute display. What is interesting about this retrograde compared to almost all others is that it A) jumps more than 180°, and B) can actually be set going backwards. Both of these are small things, but still show the technical approach that was taken to this watch. Now about that – the Monsieur de Chanel was designed and manufactured completely in-house. Think about that. This jumping hour was made by your wife/girlfriend/sister/SO's favorite, favorite fashion house. It took them five years, and they've gone ahead and brought in some of the best and brightest to make this happen, but it shows how committed they are to fine watchmaking. Oh, and when you turn it over? This.

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Look at that thing. And lest we forget, this bad boy says "Chanel" on the other side. The entirity of Caliber 1, as it's being called, is black anthracite, and the look is downright mean. We have a beautiful central, circular bridge and star-shaped balance wheel. What is interesting to note, and something I had never heard until today, is that Chanel became an investor in high-end independent watchmaker and protegé of no one short of Philippe Dufour, Mr. Romain Gauthier in 2011, and some of the wheels you see here were in fact produced by him, though to Chanel's specifications. The rear of this watch is simply stunning, and frankly looks and feels well above its weight class. Here is the official pic:


What else do you need to know about the Monsieur de Chanel? It has a three-day power reserve from one barrel. It wears wonderfully at 40 mm wide by 10 mm thick, and it will be a limited edition of 300 pieces, 150 in both white gold and beige gold, at $36,000 and $34,500 respectively. The watch should be available as of this June, and you can sign up to receive more information here.

For a bit more on the background of Chanel timepieces and in particular this very impressive new high-end men's piece, read this story in yesterday's New York Times.


The watch with Instant Jumping Hour and Retrograde Minute is equipped with the manual-winding mechanical movement Calibre 1, Chanel´s first in-house high-watchmaking movement.


 

The Calibre 1 which offers a double complication, took five years to develop. The manual-winding mechanical movement made up of 170 components is a movement with integrated complications, meaning that the complications are integrated into the bottom plate and are not simply modules attached to a base. Chanel told me: “It all started with a desire, a vision, and a drawing. This watch did not exist before, it was dreamt up. Its movement did not exist before. It was designed to bring it alive. Its watchcase did not exist before either. It was created to house it.”

 

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel

 

This is a slow-motion video, so please be patient … The jump of the hour hand and disc will occur after 30 seconds 

 

The Instant Jumping Hour, required the full mastery of micro-shocks and the energy consumption caused by the passage of the aluminium hour disc. With two barrels mounted in series, the power reserve of the watch is 3 days.

The second watchmaking prowess, the retrograde minute with a 240°-display on the dial (by the way, that´s quite rare), combined both rigorous aesthetics and technical performance. The retrograde minute’s bidirectional corrector allows easy adjustment of the watch and illustrates one of the key elements of the Chanel fine watchmaking vision.

Calibre 1 multiplies the references to the strong codes of the House Chanel. Matt and glossy black predominate in its black architectural movement in ADLC (Amorphous Diamond Like Carbon). The trim emphasizes all the curves of its bottom plate and bridges. A number of custom-made parts serve as a reminder of the octagonal shape of Place Vendome in Paris, where Chanel´s flagship boutique is located.

Chanel chose the lion, its most masculine emblem and a symbol of strength and power, as the signature of the watch which is found on its buckle and crown.

In 2016, 300 numbered movements will be produced of which 150 are for the Monsieur de Chanel watch in “beige gold” (a Chanel gold alloy) and 150 for the white gold model.

 

Calibre 1

Heure sautante instantanée minute rétrograde

First in-house manual-winding mechanical movement with two integrated complications: instant jumping hour and minute retrograde on 240°
170 components; 30 rubies; Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4Hz); 2 fixed barrels in series, spring torque 700 g.mm; Anti-shock system to protect balance

Movement diameter: 32 mm or 14’’’3/4

Movement thickness: 5.5 mm

 

The watches are numbered editions …
40 mm diameter – 10.4 mm thickness
18 carat “beige gold” case and crown
Ivory opaline dial with retrograde minute counter, jumping hour window and small seconds counter
18 carat “beige gold” plated hands
22 mm black alligator strap
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds
3-day power reserve
Water resistance: 30 meters
Gold weight: 48.80 g

Chanel Monsieur de Chanel Watch

When Chanel dreams, they dream big. And in the case of their new watch for men, they went all nine yards and then some for the Monsieur de Chanel.

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The design didn’t exist, it wasn’t inspired by something they already had in the archives, so it was dreamt. The movement didn’t exist, it wasn’t something already available in the market, so it was designed. The watchcase didn’t exist, the housing had to be something new, so it was created. A watch made for men that’s not only new, it stretched their dedicated watch manufacture G&F Châtelain SA to its fullest, where it was designed, developed, assembled and checked in-house by Chanel.

Featuring 2 patents exclusive to the watch, it features (amongst other highlights) retrograde minute with a 240° display and bi-directional adjustment. Even the typography on the dial was created specially for the watch, housed in a lightly domed sapphire crystal case that subtly plays with the effects of light. Of the 300 pieces made, 150 will come in beige gold (a hue that’s still unique to Chanel and was used most recently in their #CocoCrush jewellery collection), while the remaining 150 are in white gold.

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Most importantly, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful watch, one that’s not only architectural and masculine that will sit handsomely on any wrist, but also one that expresses Chanel’s dedication to fine watchmaking to the highest degree. All you need to do is to head down to the Chanel Fine Jewellery Boutique at Ngee Ann City to try it on for yourself.






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Hermès S/S16 Collier de Chien

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This isn’t necessarily a new post on the Collier de Chien, and truth be told I did many of these posts before. And there isn’t anything actually new about it either, well save for the fact that it now comes in RGH (rose-gold plated) as well, which frankly already happened long ago. There’s also palladium (silver), gold (yellow-gold plated) and something called Permabrass (correct me if I’m wrong), a shade or so lighter than your regular yellow gold.

It comes in 3 sizes, XS, S, and L, with girls usually going for the first two sizes and boys opting for the last. And then there’s the leather they come in, which range from the smooth and suave Swift calfskin to the reliably grained Epsom calfskin that’s pretty good at warding off accidental scratches and nicks.

I guess the point I’m trying to make after everything I’ve said is this. While it used to be harder to spot (and buy) a Collier de Chien in the past (finding one in any store was akin to spotting a unicorn in the enchanted forest), increased production and decreased demand (again, I’m just guessing here) have made it easier to actually get the one your heart so desires, which frankly was unheard of in the past.

On Hermès’ UK online portal alone I found the 15 you see above, each one different, each one prettier than the last. Priced at GBP780 apiece (or around SGD1500 after conversion), I’ll sign off with its prices in EUR, USD as well, which are EUR975 andUSD1150, or SGD1495 and SGD1557 after conversion respectively.

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SAINT LAURENT CLASSIC TOY SAC DE JOUR SHOULDER BAG

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Saint Laurent Toy Sac de Jour Shoulder Bag in Black
Size: 10cm x 13.5cm x 6cm (H x W x D)
Price: $1,650 USD or €1,090 EUR

For something that fits in your hands, the Saint Laurent Classic Toy Sac de Jour Shoulder Bag is packed with immense style. We are truly dwarfed by what this tiny babe could offer.

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Saint Laurent Toy Sac de Jour Shoulder Bag in Crocodile Embossed Black Leather
Size: 11cm x 14cm x 5.5cm (H x W x D)
Price: $1,350 USD or €950 EUR

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Saint Laurent Toy Sac de Jour Shoulder Bag in Crocodile Embossed Red Leather
Size: 11cm x 14cm x 5.5cm (H x W x D)
Price: $1,350 USD or €950 EUR

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Saint Laurent Toy Sac de Jour Shoulder Bag in Fuschia
Size: 11cm x 14cm x 5.5cm (H x W x D)
Price: $1,350 USD or €950 EUR

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Saint Laurent Toy Sac de Jour Shoulder Bag in Nude
Size: 11cm x 14cm x 5.5cm (H x W x D)
Price: $1,980 USD

If you’re up for something classy, then this is sure to be your next best bet! Get your very own Toy Sac de Jour now!

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Saint Laurent Baby Classic Sac De Jour

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How small is small when it comes to Saint Laurent’s Classic Sac De Jour? From the regular SDJ that’s good for work to the Nano that measures a wee 22 cm across (there are 4 sizes in all, by the way), the size I’m adoring the most that’s small but not too small (yes, there is such a thing when it comes to bags, no?) is the one that’s appropriately named Baby.

One up from the Nano and coming in at almost 26 cm across, the Baby Classic Sac De Jour is in my opinion the one you’ll have to get if you’re looking for a good city-sized bag, one that’s big enough for the day’s essentials, but not too big until it becomes a convenient dumping ground for things you don’t need in the first place, which I have witnessed for myself when I poked around in some women friends’ bags, from three mini umbrellas (really, who needs 3 umbrellas?) to 7 lip balms gathered at the bottom of the bag.

Wear it by the sling or just use it via its top handles, the Baby Classic SDJ is priced atSGD3190. Yes, I know, it’s not cheap right? Then again, what luxury bag is nowadays, so you might as well spend your hard-earned money on something you really love, yes?

It’s available in grained or smooth leather variations, although I’m always partial to anything grained since in my books it would mean it would hold up to accidental nicks and scratches better. However, that would be your choice at the end of the day, as would be the colour you pick, be it Lipstick Fuchsia, Royal Blue and Yellow.

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A CLOSER LOOK: SAINT LAURENT MICRO MINI SAC DE JOUR BAG

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Sometimes, big, chunky bags could be too overwhelming and heavy (we hear you, lady!). The stress of everyday life could take the pleasure out of carrying your ol’ faithful – that large designer tote of yours could do a few days off! And well, we sort of know just the trick…presenting, the Saint Laurent Micro Mini Sac de Jour Bag! Trust us when we say that this teeny baby’s got game.

This stunner in beautiful croc leather needs no introduction…and judging by the material on this piece, we could say that it really is a winner! See how it fits in your hand? There’s something about miniature pieces that we couldn’t point a finger at, still we love them just the same! Classy, never trashy, this Saint Laurent piece is sure to become your next favorite. It has adequate space for your evening baubles, just the way you like it.

Priced at around $1,600 USD, get your very own Saint Laurent Micro Mini Sac de Jour Bag now!

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Hermès Collier de Chien Permabrass Rose Gold

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hermes_collier-de-chien-permabrass-rose-goldBecause it’s my job to keep everyone reading this little blog of mine as updated as possible, here’s something I chanced upon by accident, confirmed with a Hermès representative and then got someone to do a little bit of Photoshop for the purposes of this entry.

Having already released a few pieces of permabrass-plated rose gold bracelets like the Java 10, it’s confirmed that the iconic and ever-popular Collier de Chien will also be launched later in the year (I was told it’s part of the F/W15 collection) and yes, you guessed it, in rose gold (does that make it RGHW then?). And because the official images weren’t ready at the writing of this post, let’s just say someone who’s very good with Photoshop chipped in so just that all of you will have a better idea of how these bracelets will look like in the new hue.

Priced at EUR945/GBP870/USD1250, the wait list is probably already a mile (or 10) long by now, so best you get yourself on that list too because I have a feeling that everyone who already owns a Collier de Chien in any other hardware hue will surely want to add this to their collection as well.

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