Chanel: The Art Of Beautiful Watchmaking

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Having been tasked with the task of explaining the origins of Chanel watches wasn’t going to be an easy one, especially with a timeline that has spanned almost 30 years since its inception in 1987. Think Chanel watches and the first thing that will pop to mind is probably the J12 (which incidentally is one of their most successful watches to date and a favourite amongst both men and women).

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The other one that would instantly come to mind would probably be that rectangular one, which has the same shape as the bevelled stopper on Chanel’s No.5. Yes, that would be the Premiere you’re thinking about.

That’s pretty much it, right? No.

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If there’s something that’s always constant in Chanel today, it’s that drive to to continually innovate in whatever they do, from 3D-printed dresses (F/W15 Haute Couture) to skin moisturisers made with only 10 ingredients (La Solution 10). It’s the same with their timepieces, manufactured at their facility Manufacture d’Habillage Horloger G&F Châtelain in Switzerland’s La Chaux-de-Fonds, a city that’s synonymous with fine watchmaking.

And that’s not all. Chanel also works closely with master-watchmakers Renaud & Papi(APRP SA), the advanced research and development branch of Audemars Piguet. In other words, Chanel has proven that besides being big on form (and that we already all know and love), they are also serious about function, ie, what goes on inside the watch and winning the 12th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for best ladies’ watch in 2012 for the Premiere Flying Tourbillon is indeed recognition for that. Something else that I didn’t know before, at Chanel their timepieces are first designed with a specific style and movement in mind, and once the ‘outside’ has been decided, they then proceed on with the insides, even investing heavily in R&D just to ensure it works before form and function come beautifully together in the timepiece.

Accomplishments and accolades aside though, their watches represent Chanel’s vision of time, one that’s closely aligned to Coco Chanel’s own personal philosophy of always ‘living the moment’ and experiencing each nuance of the here and the now.

Which was something I only truly understood when I flew to Switzerland for #BaselWorld recently. Standing alone in its own pavilion amongst hundreds of watch exhibitors spread over many halls, it was clearly a sight to behold, one that encompassed all the codes that Gabrielle Chanel loved dearly.

The watches on display (which will be launched over the course of the year) were pieces that were created to carry on that ethos; one of creating timepieces for every woman, one that’s focused on beautiful watchmaking and most importantly, allowing you to, like Gabrielle Chanel, savour each instant as it happens in the here and now. And so begins my journey into a world that while isn’t completely new to me, I still have much to appreciate, learn and understand, and it’s a year-long journey that I hope you will take with me.

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BOY CHANEL CHEVRON FLAP BAG IN NAVY BLUE

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The new type Boy Chanel Chevron Quilted Flap Bag is the hottest accessory in the Spring Summer 2016 Bag Collection Act 2. Take another look at it…

We’d think that this is a seasonal item (we hope not), and when this collection ends, probably it will take a long time before it will be available again.

So for those that do not want to miss this opportunity, check with your local boutique. And like the color black, the Navy Blue is also one of the most picked colors. In fact, Navy Blue is actually more exciting.

The proud owner of this bag is by Mooon, the price in medium size is $5200 USD or 4290 euro. The price for the Boy Chanel Medium Plus Chevron Quilted Flap Bag is now $5700 USD or 4650 euro. You can check for more details 

So what do you ladies think about this bag?

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CHANEL MINI CHEVRON CLASSIC FLAP BAG

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For all bag lovers out there, you’ll fall in love once more with the latest bags from the world-renowned French fashion house, Chanel. Chanel came out with the newest and modern take on the classic flap bag by coming up with a Chevron version. We’ve already featured and talked about the Chevron Classic Flap Bag in two articles but this time around, we’re going to focus our eyes and attention to the Mini Chevron Classic Flap Bag which is a gem. This Bag belongs to the fashion house’s iconic collection and has been in existence in the fashion world for quite a long time now.

Usually, Chanel classic bags are made up of its quilted material but for this particular Mini Chevron Classic Flap Bag, it is a queen bag on its own with its Chevron quilted material, which by the way is a modern print on Chanel’s classic bag. The Mini Chevron classic flap bag version is ideal for women who doesn’t like to carry too much stuff with them so a small mini bag is their best bet. The expected price is €2250 euro

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CHANEL PRICE INCREASE 2016

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As you might know, the year 2016 is not going to be soft and easy. And like every year, Chanel will be increasing the prices again (well, the probability is very high).

So how many price increase? Well, we do not know, but they can increase twice a year.

All right, now we just received a message from Janice that the price of the Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Bag has been increased in the United Kingdom from £3075 GBP to £3380 GBP. If this is true, then that means that all European countries is going to follow.

So let’s do a quick calculation shall we? The price jump from £3075 GBP to £3380 GBP is around 10% price increase.

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CHANEL’S SPRING 2016 PRE-COLLECTION ACCESSORIES INCLUDE NEW WOCS AND PHONE CASES

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THE ULTIMATE BAG GUIDE: THE CHANEL BOY BAG

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It would usually be hyperbolic to call a handbag an “instant classic,” but that’s exactly what the Chanel Boy Bag seems like. Since its Spring 2012 debut, the Boy has become as sought-after as the brand’s other famous flaps, mostly by using a similar formula to the originals: versatile flap shoulder bag structure + distinctive lock = handbag magic.

The Chanel Boy Bag debuted at exactly the right time; young shoppers had taken an interest in the brand, but most of its signature bags skewed toward older shoppers with more formal wardrobes and personal styles. The Boy, with its more casual feel and array of seasonal variations, was the perfect design to bridge the gap while staying true to numerous Chanel signatures. The bag may only be in its fourth year of existence, but it feels like it’s been part of the handbag landscape forever.

Oh, and another fun fact before we dive in to the sizes, prices and comparisons: the Boy was named after Boy Capel, the love of Coco Chanel’s life.

THE CHANEL BOY BAG

YEAR CREATED: 2012
SIZES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE: SMALL, MEDIUM, NEW MEDIUM AND LARGE SHOULDER BAGS, CLUTCH, SHOPPING TOTE
AVAILABILITY: CHANEL BOUTIQUES AND LEASED DEPARTMENTS ONLY; SOME VERSIONS MAY REQUIRE A WAIT LIST

SIZES

CHANEL BOY BAG – SMALL

7.9″ W X 4.7″ H X 3.1″ D
LEATHER PRICES START AT $4,300 FOR QUILTED CALFSKIN

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CHANEL BOY BAG – MEDIUM

9.8″ W X 5.9″ H X 3.5″ D
LEATHER PRICES START AT $4,700 FOR QUILTED CALFSKIN

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CHANEL BOY BAG – NEW MEDIUM

11″ W X 7″ H X 3.5″ D
PRICES START AT $5,200 FOR QUILTED CALFSKIN

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CHANEL BOY BAG – LARGE

11.8″ W X 8.3″ H X 3.9″ D
LEATHER PRICES START AT $5,500 FOR QUILTED CALFSKIN
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CHANEL BOY BAG – SHOPPING TOTE

14.2″ W X 9.8″ H X 6.7″ D
LEATHER PRICES START AT $5,000 FOR QUILTED CALFSKIN

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CHANEL BOY BAG – CLUTCH

10.6″ W X 5.3″ H X 2.4″ D
LEATHER PRICES START AT $3,600 FOR SMOOTH CALFSKIN

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COMMON LEATHERS AND MATERIALS

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HARDWARE COLORS AND FINISHES

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ALTERNATE VIEWS

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SIZE COMPARISONS

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