If Chanel dived into the world of complicated timepieces by partnering with Renaud et Papi (APRP SA) on the Chanel Première Flying Tourbillon Openwork, the French luxury brand also proved that keeping it simple can be just as clever. On first glance the Chanel J12 Flying Tourbillon evokes a simplistic color scheme and design, with the finishing touch of a diamond set in the center of the 18 carat beige gold crown, cherishing the colors Chanel has pre-ordained as superior: black, white and gold.
The timepiece makes use of two of Chanel’s primary colors, the 18-carat beige gold bezel edge complimenting the pristine white of the iconic ceramic J12 bracelet. And indeed, this timepiece couples nicely with an empowering black ensemble, thus completing Chanel’s primary fashion palette. The mother of pear dial is comprised of a bejeweled center of shimmering diamonds with elegant beige gold hour and minute hands which encounter the star composition of the flying tourbillon complication at 6 o’clock.
The tourbillon complication holds a star in it’s center with a silver bridge outlined at it’s heart, and the entirety of it’s composition is complimented by a cluster of diamonds which twinkle like a star suspended in the unexplored stratosphere. An uncommon choice of a mechanical hand wound movement instead of a quartz when manufacturing a ladies timepiece adds to the beautifully unconventional J12 Flying tourbillon, oscillating at a frequency of 21,600 vph. The wearer of this watch would most probably be one to appreciate engineering and craftsmanship and will continue to do so with every glance at the timepiece as the glittering star rotates accordingly.
The movement holds 18 jewels, a customized rectangular bottom plate, 225 components and boasts a 40 hour power reserve, thanks to the inspired assistance of the engineers at Renaud & Papi. The J12 Flying Tourbillon is a number limited edition timepiece, thus unfortunately not everyone can be the proud owner of one. But, for the lucky few that do manage to obtain one, they’ll have captured a little fleck of oscillating ersatz starlight.