How To Perfectly Balance The Relationship Between Art And Technology – The Process Behind The Creation Of Chanel Fine Watchmaking

No matter from the perspective of technology or art, craftsmanship is an important part of making an excellent watch. The word ‘craftsmanship’ itself carries body temperature. It is a kind of communication and running-in between artisans and objects, including parts and tools. Every good watch has a temperature story behind it. These stories settle down and become exquisite works of art displayed in front of us.

 Chanel is one of the rare fine watch brands that blend technology and art perfectly. Ingenious watchmaking craftsmanship, coupled with the ingenuity of creative studios, Chanel fine watchmaking presents us with a strong artistic accomplishment and superb watchmaking skills. Today, Watch House explores the craftsmanship behind Chanel’s fine watchmaking.


Carved gold oriental screen pattern
Describe the carving process

Carved gold flower craft drawing
 Carving crafts, this pure hand craftsmanship includes many branches. Line carving, mosaic carving, lacquer carving and relief. Engraving is often determined by the size, fineness, and difficulty of the pattern. Chanel’s carved gold oriental screen design inspired by oriental screens, combined with gem carvings or gold carved patterns, can be called the embodiment of elegance and beauty. Each watch brings different feelings to your wrist and witnesses the passing of time.


 Combining the skills of drawing and sculpting, Chanel is inspired by the oriental screen and reproduces the pattern on the dial of Chinese ebony lacquered screen, which is unique and vivid.

Precious jewelry setting

Mosaic process drawing
 Mosaic technology is not just about stacking gems together. It requires the master of mosaic to have a certain understanding of the gems and be able to combine them organically according to the different characteristics of the gems. This requires them to be arranged effectively according to the different diameters and sizes of the gems. When the gemstones depend on each other precisely, they finally present an artistic style. The mosaic technique is a test of whether the mosaic expert has skilled skills and meticulous thoughts.


Chanel watch with precious jewelry setting

 These timeless watches include the MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ series, the CODE COCO series and the BOY · FRIEND series (from left to right). Both use precious jewellery setting and diamonds shine on the watch.

Embroidery craft

Embroidery craft drawing


 LESAGE Embroidery Workshop hand-embroidered exquisite dials, MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ series watches combine the high-level customization and watchmaking excellence craftsmanship, combined with LESAGE Embroidery Workshop’s exquisite skills, decorated the dial with hand embroidery, showing the advanced technology of excellence. Delicate and delicate, soft and elegant.

Maki painting process


‘Maki-e’ craft drawing

 The highly symbolic camellia is carefully drawn with the technique of ‘Maki-e’ and blooms softly on the dial. ‘Maki-e’ is a unique Japanese lacquer art. The gold powder is scattered on the lacquer surface to create a color and texture that cannot be copied. The black Japanese lacquered ‘Maki’ dial exudes silky warm luster, decorated with gold foil and mother-of-pearl, and a miniature mosaic pattern inlaid with quail eggshells.

Keep improving
 At this year’s Basel watch fair, Chanel launched the third brand-made movement-Calibre 3.
 In 2016, the first brand-equipped movement was born. At the time, this movement refreshed people’s original impression of the movement. The agility and simplicity could appear in the ‘icy’ mechanical structure with many parts?

Chanel’s first brand-made movement-Calibre 1
 Achieving a purely minimalist design with superb craftsmanship, giving the MONSIEUR DE CHANEL watch a firm and restrained aesthetic. Calibre 1 is a masterpiece of mechanical art. Two ring-shaped skeleton bridges reflect the deep beauty of the black movement.

 The watch equipped with the first self-made movement of the brand is also the first brand-designed work exclusively for men-the MONSIEUR DE CHANEL watch.


Chanel MONSIEUR DE CHANEL watch component process diagram
 The MONSIEUR DE CHANEL watch is designed for men. It brings together the classic elements of fine watchmaking. It is equipped with the first movement specially designed and manufactured by the brand watchmaking workshop, which reflects the sophisticated and exquisite craftsmanship and the pure and simple aesthetic concept. The 2018 model is decorated with a carved gold micro-painted lion pattern on the large fire enamel dial.


Chanel’s second self-made movement-Calibre 2
 Some people say that ‘art will progress in the way of expression and inheritance over time.’ In fact, this is a question to be discussed. But one thing we can be sure of is that from the perspective of craftsmanship and technology, human beings are indeed constantly making breakthroughs. And when art and craft have progressed at the same time, art has reached a higher level. The birth of Chanel’s second branded self-made movement explains this sentence for us.


Chanel’s second self-made movement-Calibre 2
 Calibre 2 is the second movement created by Chanel Creative Studios at Fontaine Plaza and specially designed and manufactured by Chanel Watchmaking Workshop in Switzerland. Calibre, the second self-produced movement
2 consists of 107 parts, including 21 rubies. The vibration frequency reaches 28,800 times / hour, and the power reserve reaches 48 hours. The movement board is surrounded by rings, like a camellia blooming. The PREMIÈRE hollowed camellia watch equipped with this movement also captured the hearts of women with its three-dimensional shape and impeccable design.

Chanel Première skeleton Camellia watch with Calibre 2
 The Chanel PREMIÈRE skeletonized camellia watch is inspired by the octagonal silhouette of Fontaine Place. Place an excellent movement in it, and bloom camellia on your wrist. Chanel successfully defined a new modern style and aesthetic concept.


Chanel launches Calibre 3

Chanel Calibre 3

 The third movement designed by Chanel Creative Studio has smooth lines and a very modern feel. The transparent cut-out design is the icing on the cake of high-precision watchmaking technology, making the movement’s sophisticated and sophisticated features at a glance. Excluding the excess metal, the individual components are arranged and combined in a certain order. This is of course a test of mechanical engineering, because the arrangement of mechanical structures in traditional tabulations has a certain benchmark and cannot be changed at will.

 The new BOY • FRIEND skeleton watch equipped with this movement has also met everyone at this year’s Basel watch exhibition.

Chanel BOY • FRIEND skeleton watch

 The perfect balance of elegance and simplicity, Chanel blends art and technology to an unprecedented height. The front and back of the new BOY • FRIEND watch can clearly see the movement of the internal movement. Calibre with black ADLC coating
 3 movement, the noble and mysterious black is mechanically interpreted in front of the world. We cannot predict what kind of surprise Chanel will bring us next time.

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