LOST IN TIME Experience the brilliance of artisanal craftsmanship behind Chanel’s latest Mademoiselle Privè Coromandel timepiece. By Amy Yasmine.
The sculpted gold branch is carefully fixed to the onyx dial
Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel watch in gold with diamonds, Chanel
Atime forgotten, but never lost: Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé calls upon a memory of Oriental magnificence with snow-set diamonds, brilliant beige gold, mother-of-pearl, and a mysterious onyx dial. Handmade and crafted to perfection in four to five weeks, the timepieceti is a stunning jewel on its own with state-of-the-art features including a self-winding mechanical movement, 42-hour power reserve, and water resistance up to 30 metres.
Through a perplexing process, Chanel’s masterm watchmakers were able to create intricate treetre branches by cutting through pieces of beige gold with a jeweller’s saw, before shaping and engraving the preciouspreciou metal with an imitation bark pattern that gives it its distinctdist realistic form. To add to the charm,char golden guilloche leaves and mother-of-pearlmot flowers were laid upon theth onyx dial, lending a sense of naturalnatur harmony to the majestic MademoiselleMd Privé timepiece – a testament to the everlasting elegance of the house of Chanel. The finished sculpture of golden branches A close-up of the mother- of- pearl
Comparison of the gold sculpture with its original drawing
Saw work on a golden
plate to create the timepiece’s unique motif
Mother- of-pearl makes up the flowers on the dial
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