If it works for bags, why wouldn’t it work for watches? At least, that seems to be the thinking behind Chanel’s latest timepieces, which are united by the presence of dangly charms inspired by the luxury house’s founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel.
Available in a yellow gold case with a titanium caseback, and a black-lacquered or diamond-set dial, the Premiere Extrait de Camelia sees the house’s octagonal watch decorated with a charm in the shape of a camellia. The camellia was Coco Chanel’s favourite flower, and would become one of her signature motifs after she was photographed in 1913 with said bloom accessorising her waistband.
For those who would prefer to channel Coco herself, the new J12 jewellery timepieces — the Mademoiselle J12 Acte II — feature an adorable charm in the likeness of the fashion icon. Powered by quartz movements (like the Premiere Extrait de Camelia), they come in black or white (of course).
Measuring 33mm in diameter, the white ceramic version features a bezel decked out with 12 baguette-cut white sapphires, while the black version has a bezel set with baguette-cut black sapphires. Dressed in a matching white or black skirt suit with contrasting trims, the Coco figurine is made from lacquered white gold and features a 0.01-carat brilliant-cut diamond — prettily set on Mademoiselle’s hat. Absolutely charming.