In 2019, the ÉDITION NOIRE features the PREMIÈRE, BOY∙FRIEND, J12 watches in intense black, Mademoiselle Chanel’s colour of predilection – the epitome of timeless elegance.
Première Rock Édition Noire
The first watch created exclusively for women in 1987 by CHANEL, inspired by the octagonal shape of the N°5 bottle-stopper and that of Place Vendôme, the Première has been an icon for 30 years.
In 2019, the Première collection is expanding with new versions in yellow gold on a black rubber strap with a velvet touch, as well as a capsule collection, and the new version of the Première Rock watch in intense black.
These ones do not belong to the Édition Noire limited edition collection, but the black colour is still there, with a touch of gold that intrigues. Not only it is a Première, but it is a Première Midnight in Vendôme.
BOY∙FRIEND Édition Noire
With the BOY∙FRIEND watch, CHANEL takes its first feminine creation, the PREMIÈRE, into the masculine territory.
The BOY∙FRIEND watch holds within the art of twisting the elements from the masculine wardrobe so dear to Mademoiselle Chanel. With its enigmatic name, it doesn’t think twice about shaking up the classic, feminine watchmaking codes.
The BOY∙FRIEND is a timepiece endowed with pure simplicity. Radically elegant, it dares to assert a new look, erasing the lines between masculine and feminine style.
In 2019, the BOY∙FRIEND watch is expanding its universe with Tweed watches and a Fine Watchmaking Skeleton, with the new Caliber 3, in intense black.
J12 Édition Noire
In 2019, the Chanel J12 watch is ready to “change everything, without changing anything.”
An icon does not change, it naturally adapts to the passing of time by capturing and sculpting it, by enhancing and understanding it. And this is what’s new about the J12 in 2019.
When Jacques Helleu, artistic director of the House, decided to create a watch, he designed it for himself. While drafting his first pencil lines he imagined it as timeless, sporty and all black.
His inspiration came from the two worlds he loved most: automobiles and sailing. Above all, he admired the regal silhouettes of the America’s Cup racing class, the J12. The watch would take this as its name. In the year 2000, the J12 turned the world of watchmaking upside down. In black ceramic, it was crowned the first watch icon of the 21st century.
At first black in 2000, then white in 2003, it is unique and almost as eternal as a diamond. It constantly renews the allure of a woman’s wrist, forever.
Twenty years after its creation, Arnaud Chastaingt, director of the CHANEL Watch Creation Studio, gave the J12 a makeover without touching the very identity that built its legend and its success. An evolution, then, not a revolution for sure.
The original typeface of the numerals was also redesigned by the CHANEL Creation Studio to enhance and refine it. The numerals applied to the dial are now in ceramic.
The hands too were honed and refined. The hours and minutes hands are now the same width with a dimensional adjustment of the luminescent areas in black Super-LumiNova on the black J12.
In this “all black” edition, every single element of the J12 wears black. The dial is of black lacquer; the fixed bezel is in black highly resistant ceramic with black matt coating and baguette pattern; the black crown is embellished by one brilliant-cut diamond, which provides a lovely and sparkly colour accent.
Black, Mademoiselle’s favourite hue, dresses up CHANEL’s iconic timepieces. When a LBD goes on your wrist – and you know you can never go wrong.
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