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.