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Chanel Premiere Tourbillon Volant 18k White Gold Watch

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Chanel Première collection created from 25 years ago. Chanel Première Tourbillon Volant is a great rectangular-shaped watch which only limited to 20 pieces.

Produced as an homage to the original Chanel Première watch collection from 25 years ago, the Première Tourbillon Volant is a beautifully designed rectangular-shaped watch with a case that is made to look a bit like a baguette-cut stone. The case shape is adapted from the original Première collection, but made a bit larger of course. Inside the watch is a special flying tourbillon movement which was produced by Renaud & Papi, continuing Chanel’s relationship with the mostly Audemars Piguet owned specialty movement maker and designer.Front of Chanel Premiere Tourbillon Volant watch   The Chanel Première Tourbillon Volant made news again recently as it was voted the best ladies watch of 2012 in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG), which is like the Oscar’s of the watch industry. Given the piece’s extreme price and exclusivity, I don’t think many people are going to run out and buy one. It does however give Chanel some bragging rights – as its more mainstream J12 watches would not likely ever be recognized by the mostly super high-end award show. Having said that, Chanel hasn’t traditionally had many problems selling J12 watches.Side of Chanel Premiere Tourbillon Volant watch 02The Première Tourbillon Volant comes in an 18k white gold case that is 37mm tall by 28.5mm wide. It has a load of diamonds all over it. The bezel has 3.9 carats of diamonds on it comprised of 38 baguette-cut stones and 52 brilliant-cut ones. The rest of the case has an additional 3 carats of 47 baguette-cut diamonds. More diamonds exist on the 18k white gold clasp, the crown, as well as on the tip of the flower-style flying tourbillon cage. Oh, and don’t forget the diamonds on the actual hands – you don’t see that very often.Side of Chanel Premiere Tourbillon Volant watchIn honor of what made Chanel watches so popular, the dial of the Première Tourbillon Volant is done with a piece of polished black ceramic. Note how the sapphire crystal over the dial has beveled edges. What I like about the watch is that despite the fact it is heavily about being covered in diamonds, it does not appear that way at first glance. The mostly minimalist dial is stark and attractive, focusing on the hands and tourbillon. Even though they do have diamonds, it is not meant to be a blindingly shiny timepiece. Once you look at the case from other angles, then you start to see the delicate stone work.

The tourbillon “flower” is supposed to be a camellia, which apparently was Coco’s favorite flower. It is quite nice looking and is a solid effort at “feminizing” the tourbillon.