You’ve read about the Mademoiselle Privé exhibition held in Seoul back in June, but did you know all about the watch bearing the very same name from Chanel’s well-rounded watch collection? Itself shaped like a perfect circle, the Mademoiselle Privé is no ordinary watch, but rather an artisanal jewel that brings together high jewellery know-how and time-keeping perfection thanks to the unsurpassed skill of the Métiers d’Art craftsmanship used in fine watchmaking and high jewellery. The epitome of the saying ‘the devil is in the details’ is clear with the Mademoiselle Privé, but make no mistake though, the devil here refers to the gorgeous patterns (often adorned with diamonds) set within the otherwise simple and round case.
Another chapter into Chanel’s creative journey, the jewellery watch beautifully showcases the world of Gabrielle Chanel and her cherished emblems of love that’s centred around different themes, with this year being one that’s all about the stained-glass windows of Aubazine abbey in south-western France where she grew up as a child.
IMAGE: @WALNUTCRUST FOR BAGAHOLICBOY
Depicting the same motifs found on the windows that are set with diamonds on the watch faces, there are 3 different designs, each limited to just 5 pieces each and individually numbered. The 37.5 mm wide Mademoiselle Privé is stunning, the 18K white gold case set with 552 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling approximately 3.03 carats. The watch’s 18K white gold crown is also set with a diamond of around 0.19 carats.
With the Mademoiselle Privé, it is more than just a watch that simply keeps time. It is a watch that’s also a piece of high jewellery and it is this duality that Coco Chanel herself cherished. The country girl who grew up and found herself the centre of Parisian chic. Or like how her ladylike garments actually had roots in menswear which she adapted for herself.
Decadent, elegant and perfect in every way, you can find Mademoiselle Privé timepieces at Chanel’s Fine Jewellery Boutique that’s located at #01-04 within Ngee Ann City.
Images: Chanel & @walnutcrust
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