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.”

 

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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

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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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FENDI MY WAY WATCH

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My Way, My Way, doesn’t it sound familiar?

You must have heard about the new handbag, released one season ago, the Fendi By The Way Handbag, a new way of carrying and styling your outfits.

READ: Fendi By The Way Bag

But today, we need to make another announcement, it’s the NEW Fendi My Way Watch, a must have for any woman. It’s an exclusive and original timepiece, adorned either with a small or large fox fur glamour, both crafted by the Fendi fur atelier.

Captivating, exciting and classy, it’s made for all women who wish to assert their individuality. The Fendi My Way Watches embrace the wrist with luxury and originality, they come in all sizes – from small to large, decorated in all flavors – with from diamonds to fur and in all prices – from $3,100 USD to $13,000 USD. Catch the one that matches to your personality.

It’s a ultra-feminine timepiece that can be dressed with a dazzling fox fur Glamy to add it an exquisite touch of glamour and ensure the grand entrance in special occasions.

Truly a piece of art, check them all out.

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Breitling and Bentley create the spectacular B06 Midnight Carbon watch

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Breitling and Bentley have partnered in several former instances to bring out watches that aspecial tributes, specially built for sports, and even pocket watches. Both brands have again come together for a sequel to the inspiring B05 Unitime timepiece. The all-new Breitling for Bentley B06 Midnight Carbon collection enters with an exclusive 30-second chronograph system and Manufacture Breitling Caliber B06. The watch is inspired by the car, through and through. Hints of the cars design are found on the satin-brushed steel case as well as the bezel.

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The numerals on the watch are inscribed in red and white, while the dark blue dial looks subtly domineering. It is available with a rubber or crocodile strap. The transparent caseback reminisces the wheel rim of a Bentley car. It is waterproof up to depths of 100 meters.

READ:  The St. Regis San Francisco Offers The Ultimate Bentley Motoring Experience

The 49mm steel case houses a 70-hour power reserve. The central hand of the 30-second chronograph performs a full sweep of the dial within its stipulated time frame and assures accuracy to 1/8th of a second. The dial sports the variable tachymeter on a circular side rule, which measures the average speed basis the time elapse, distance covered or the speed attained.

The 500-piece limited edition Bentley B06 Midnight Carbon should retail for $12,500.

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Form meets function in Louis Vuitton’s stylish Escale Spin Tiime watch

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Louis Vuitton’s new Escale Spin Time watch will be an object of curiosity to watch collectors thanks to the way it combines two innovative concepts to form an artistic new timepiece. The Escale Spin Time features the brand’s spin time complication encased in the distinctive Escale watch case. The dial features spinning cubes at the indices. Two faces of each cube feature have been hand painted with colorful miniature nautical flags, while the remaining two faces feature numerals for 12 and 24-hour timekeeping). Every hour, one of the cubes spins to reveal the hour of the day while a white hand indicates the minutes. Effectively, the dial of the watch changes with every passing hour, revealing the different flags.

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This watch is available in two variants: one with a two-tone caseband and bezel made from pink gold and brushed titanium while the other features a case of titanium and white gold. It has a 42 hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 30m. The watches come with a black alligator strap with a vivid yellow lining. Its lugs and crown reference the iconic steamer trunks that are at the heart of the Louis Vuitton brand.
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The watch is set to hit stores later this year.

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Watch Brand Uniform Wares Debuts First Women’s Collection

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London-based watch label Uniform Wares has unveiled its spring-summer 2016 campaign featuring its first women’s collection. Created by founders Patrick Bek and Oliver Fowles, the label now has 18 designs.

Photographed by Hart + Leshkina with styling by Jason Rider, the campaign juxtaposes images of model Marland Bakus with product shots. From dusty pink to moleskin grey and yellow gold, there is a variety of styles. Priced between $400 and $1000, the watches make for an elegant finishing touch to just about any outfit.

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Boys Rule?: New Chanel Boy.Friend Watch

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Especially as of late, Chanel thrives off experimentation and surprise. As a brand, Chanel seems to live by two unofficial mantras: “Fashion has no rules” and “Fashion is universal”. As seen with the Boy bag, Chanel creates new expectations and iconic pieces by transforming conventional boundaries and styles. As quoted by Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel has always had a flair for flipping the script:

“Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.”001-tomboy-coco-chanel-gigot_162943706154


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Chanel evokes the androgynous spirit in their latest fall piece called “The Chanel Boy.Friend watch. Yes—“Boy”, period, “Friend” watch—in case the random punctuation insertion threw you off! The name is a reference to Chanel’s Boy bag, but also seems to play off the ”boyfriend” styled trend of menswear inspired pieces that one could essentially steal from their boyfriend but still rock. The Boy.Friend is the first watch released by Chanel since 2000. Chanel introduced it to the social media world with the hashtag “#meetmyboyfriend”.

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As far as specs, the watch features an elongated octagonal case inspired by the bottle cap of the Chanel No. 5 perfume. The Boy.Friend is available in sizes large (34.6 mm x 26.7 mm) and extra large (37 mm x 28.6 mm). The smaller watch size is a quartz model with a date window. The larger watch size features manual-winding mechanical movements, and a seconds dial. There a variety of options in terms of hardware and adornments. Chanel offers versions with or without diamonds, and either in 18-carat beige gold or white gold. Every watch features the same black leather alligator strap.

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So, what makes this watch a “Boy”. Friend watch?

The name is a mystery within itself, but speaks to Chanel’s creative genius. Overall, the watch has a feminine character, but its daintiness is offset with the bold shape and angular lines. It has a very clean, simplistic look, which is highlighted by the minimalist dial devoid of numerals. Instead of stealing directly from a men’s watch, the Boy.Friend is a smart interpretation of menswear piece with subtle unisex features. It is also an interpretation of, and almost alternate, masculine style or “friend” to the Chanel Premiere Tourbillion watch, which is larger and more jewelry-like.

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The watch retails from $12,500 to $27,000 depending on style, and will be available for sale early September.

What are your initial thoughts on this piece, and are you compelled enough to consider buying it? Can you see this watch becoming iconic like the other “boy” renditions Chanel has released?

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