A Closer Look at the Chanel Monsieur De Chanel Watch

The Chanel designer brand has announced a accessory that is drawing in the Chanel Monsieur De Chanel Watch. It comes from a well respected fashion house that is more inclined to draw the attention of fashionistas than dyed in the wool horophiles. There may be some misconception about the legitimacy of the designer as a watch maker. In recent years they introduced the Monsiur de Chanel in 2016 to be more precise, that was powered with Chanel’s own in-house movement. They titled the movement the Calibre 1. An updated version of the 2016 wristwatch is soon to be released for 2019. Regardless of your position on the quality of Chanel as a watchmaker this fine example is deserving of a closer look.

The case

We begin with an examination of the case that holds the intricate mechanisms that power this watch. It’s made of ceramic material and offered in a round shape that measures 42 mm in diameter. Designed for comfort, it has a good feel on the wrist. When you flip the watch over the view is almost as spectacular. The case back is a stunning spherical cutout, leaving a circular exhibition case to show the powerful and interesting movement beneath, capped in sapphire crystal which provides ample protection for the delicate parts while allowing the observer a clear view of the mechanics.

The dial

The dial of the Chanel Monsieur De Chanel features jumping hours and retrograde minutes with applied indexes in a bright white which jump out against the matte black background. A splash of color is added with the inclusion of thirty manufactured rubies which compliment that compliment the rhodium plated wheels. The date is placed at the 6 o’clock position, neatly enclosed in a hexagonal silver tone box with a white numeral against the black background. The overall aesthetic is comparable to an old fashioned gauge that has the vintage ambiance of a cafe racing bike. The focal point of the dial is the jumping hour complication which adds an interesting touch and gives the watch a distinct personality. It’s truly a magnificent complication worthy of observation.

The movement

The movement is a Chanel in-house Caliber 1 with a power reserve of three days, thanks to the twin barrels. The power generated by the mainsprings creates this ample reserve. It operates at a speed of 4 Hz. Chanel has taken care to develop the in-house movement with the intention of being take seriously in horological circles. It is an effort that shows they have achieved a level of expertise and the clear case back is proof of their pride in ownership of the creation that they desire to show off to the world.

Limited availability and pricing

The new updated 2019 Chanel Monsieur De Chanel Watch Watch is being made in a strictly limited number of just 55 pieces in total. It will be available for purchase in 2019 with a price of $26,700. Chanel, known for its sophisticated and classy designs has thrown their hat into the ring as a serious contender in the manufacture of luxury designer timepieces. The new Chanel Monsieur De Chanel Watch evidences their ability to create a well made in house movement with impressive complications and an aesthetic that is unquestionably unique in a positive sense. While the brand may not be one that is known for its watchmaking, it is evolving into a more mature maker with a renewed sense of purpose in crafting their own versions of the power plants that drive the inner workings of a high end luxury watch, with materials that are not meant to be lavish. The simplicity of the Chanel Monsieur de Chanel watch is deceptive which makes it comparable to good literature because there is a mystery to discover when one takes a closer look.

We imagine that the 2019 Chanel Monsieur De Chanel is destined to become a desired collectible piece in time. With such a limited production of the watch, it will already be considered a rarity when it is released. The price suggests a moderate value which is only assigned to watches that bear the hallmarks of fine craftsmanship and luxury, and we believe that Chanel has arrived at this aspiration.


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