Last year Chanel introduced its first wristwatch that was conceived from the ground up as a men’s watch, the surprisingly impressive Monsieur de Chanel. Now Chanel has given it a platinum case and black vitreous enamel dial, making it a lot more handsome – and twice the price of the gold versions.
The dial is black grand feu enamel – the traditional sort fired in an oven – but the rest of the watch is identical to last year’s versions in 18k gold. The case is 40mm in diameter, with the hand-wound calibre 1 inside.
It has both a retrograde minutes and jumping hours display, both part of a mechanism that’s integrated into the base plate, rather than being modular. Notably, the wheels of the movement were produced by Romain Gauthier, a respected independent watchmaker who sold part of his company to Chanel.
Price and availability
Limited to 100 piece, the Monsieur de Chanel in platinum is available only at Chanel boutiques and will be priced at approximately €60,000. That’s about double what the Monsieur de Chanel in gold (without the enamel dial) costs.
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