Chanel watches awarded at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie

The art of diamonds and precision

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22 November 2012

On 15 November, Chanel's Première Flying Tourbillon watch was elected best in the Ladies Watch prize category at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. 
The first time Chanel watches were awarded at the prestigious event Chanel's Première Flying Tourbillon was made on the 25th anniversary of the brand’s first watch creation, whose shape was inspired by the octagonal geometry of the Place Vendôme and echoed in the No. 5 perfume bottle stopper.
This gracious Tourbillon is decorated with diamonds to form the motif of the camellia, a reference to Mademoiselle Chanel's favorite flower. The timepiece makes one rotation per minute, with the petals indicating the seconds. It is equipped with a power reserve of 40 hours and its movement, known as Camélia Flying Tourbillon, has been mounted on a custom-made rectangular bottom plate. The case, the bezel and the crown are set entirely with baguette-cut or round-cut diamonds or precious stones, each of which took 23 hours to set and over one hundred hours of assembly.
Incredibly intricate and elegant, the Tourbillon was developed in close collaboration between Chanel and Swiss manufacturers as well as with engineers and master-watchmakers Renaud & Papi (APRP SA), the advanced research and development branch of Audemars Piguet, a first venture for both companies.
Chanel's entry into the world of Haute Horlogerie is honoured with this prize, which pays tribute to the excellence of worldwide horological production and annually rewards the finest creations in the watchmaking sector. Chanel's Première Flying Tourbillon watch is an aesthetic and technological inspiration heightened with a story referring back to Mademoiselle Chanel.