Chanel’s handsome Monsieur collection was unveiled in 2016 during Baselworld, showcasing Chanel’s first in‑house movement — the caliber 1. This manufacture movement was a collaboration between the French fashion house and independent watchmaker Romain Gauthier, whose involvement in the new caliber consisted of providing custom-made and decorated components, such as the gears, pinions, shafts, balance wheel and the spring barrel’s drum and lid. This news was accompanied by the announcement that Chanel had taken a small stake in Gauthier’s workshops (although Romain Gauthier remains 100-percent independent) — but that is last year’s news. This new platinum limited edition is what caught our eye this year with its elegant black-and-white aesthetic which is 100 percent in keeping with the Chanel philosophy.
The handsome 40mm timepiece keeps the same caliber 1 movement but comes in a platinum case with a sleek black grand feu enamel dial. Like its predecessors, the platinum/black dial version features a retrograde 240-degree arced minute counter covering the top two-thirds of the dial and encases a small seconds plus a jumping hour at six o’clock. The unique font was designed exclusively for Chanel and is slightly “digital” in its design. The overall aesthetic is pure and elegant and stands out beautifully in black.
As a reminder, the time can be set both forwards and backwards without causing damage to the movement, which is unusual for a timepiece with a retrograde function. This platinum edition is limited to a series of 100 pieces, whereas the beige-gold and white-gold versions were limited to 150 pieces each