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Chanel Mon­sieur de Chanel

Lis­ten up gen­tle­men, your wife/girl­friend/sis­ter’s favourite fash­ion house has un­veiled its first- ever ded­i­cated men’s time­piece, and it’s a se­ri­ous propo­si­tion. The Mon­sieur de Chanel is no mere “fash­ion watch” ( is the term even rel­e­vant any­more?), but one that is de­signed and built com­pletely in- house with a pair of time-telling com­pli­ca­tions: jump­ing hours and ret­ro­grade min­utes. And this be­ing Chanel, one can ex­pect a strong aes­thetic out­look; the Mon­sieur’s hand­some and well- pro­por­tioned mien is char­ac­terised by a cus­tom- made quasi- dig­i­tal font, 240- de­gree ret­ro­grade arc and Place Vendôme- in­spired hour dis­play win­dow (though the ex­posed screws are a tad bru­tal). On the back, the in­au­gu­ral Cal­i­bre 1 is flaunted in full black an­thracite, with a cir­cle- in- cir­cle ar­range­ment of gears, wheels, and bridges en­gi­neered by in­de­pen­dent watchmaker Ro­main Gau­thier.

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