Ladies who make fashion-savvy statements on the power of their watch might have to re-evaluate on current fashion trends that have long embraced the use of tourbillons in timepieces. To mark the launch of its first watches some 25 years ago, Chanel has unveiled its elegant flying tourbillon watch piece for ladies. The premium Camélia Flying Tourbillon is slated to evolve the fashion scene in the ladies watch segment with a complex device which was largely reserved for the male watch category, by combining jewelry-making skills with technology expertise.
The launch of this unique Flying Tourbillon marks Chanel’s strategy in re-defining women’s watch obsession beyond time keeping. Only 20 of these limited editions watches will make it for retail. The watch boasts "Camélia Flying Tourbillon" movement which has been named after the tourbillon cage that has been crowned by a camellia flower. The mechanism of the Flying Tourbillon is expected to save and sustain about 40 hours of power.
Chanel’s opening collection of the octagonal geometrically shaped ‘Flying Tourbillon’ is inspired by the celebrated Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle and the renowned Place Vendôme. The design is Chanel’s collaborated effort with Swiss watchmakers, Renaud &Papi. With a diameter of 37mm, the glossy black analog ceramic dial has about 18 rubies, embellished with 18 carat white gold. The 18 carat white gold hour hands are decorated with 15 diamonds. It has been further embellished with 101 baguette shaped cut diamonds that weighs 5.2 carats. About 127 cut diamonds have been embedded in the bezel and crown. The watch is water resistant and bears an alligator skin strap.
The French fashion house has earlier revealed its Chanel Joaillerie Spring 2012 collection reigning with unique diamond studded pieces to celebrate its 80th Anniversary.