The pre-Baselworld releases are starting to roll in and we just received an exciting one from our friends at Chanel. Last year Chanel caused quite a stir when the brand dropped the Monsieur de Chanel, which was its first men’s watch with an in-house produced movement (the Caliber 1), with a little help from Romain Gauthier, who produced some of the parts like the wheels. Not only was the watch impressive mechanically, but also aesthetically. The watch made several HODINKEE team members’ lists for their favorite watches at the fair and it was well-received by fashion and watch lovers everywhere. This year Chanel is giving us another Monsieur de Chanel, this time a limited edition with a platinum case and a sleek black dial.
The new Monsieur isn’t that much different than the first edition, which was made in 300 pieces – equal parts white gold and so-called “beige” gold with a silvered dial. The watch is still a jumping-hour with a retrograde minute hand. It’s also still powered by the Caliber 1 movement.
This time though, the movement is housed in a 40mm platinum case with a sapphire caseback, which is awesome because the movement is really beautiful to look at. The new black dial is grand feu enamel, and shows the signature 240-degree retrograde minute display, subsidiary seconds, and a jumping digital hour display at six o’clock. If you remember from the previous generation, the retrograde minute is unusual because it can be set both forward and backward without causing damage to the movement.
This new example of the Monsieur de Chanel is limited to a series of just 100 pieces and will retail for $63,000. For comparison sake, the beige gold model from last year was $36,000 in white gold and $34,500 in beige gold. For more, visit Chanel online.