Chanel: Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Watches

The Asian decorative item held a special place for Coco Chanel and now plays an important role in the new watch collection.

By Vimi Haridasan
Mon, 16 May 2016


Gabrielle Chanel had long held a love for Coromandel panels. They were the first items she bought and were a part of her life, even covering the walls of her home in Rue Cambon. Her love for the refined screens has inspired Chanel to craft the Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Collection — an ode to its founder and her beloved coromandel panels.

The screens depicted scenes of daily life, flowers or even the landscape in China with intricate details. Much like the screens, these five exclusive timepieces feature refined and elegant designs that also highlight the craftsmanship and techniques in Chanel’s watchmaking workshop. The techniques such as Grand Feu enamelling and sculpted gold, stand out against the 37.5mm black onyx dial, highlighting its beauty. It takes around three weeks for each timepiece to be completed.

The Coromandel Collection is also the first time that Grand Feu Enamel and 18-carat sculpted beige gold are combined. For those unsure as to why the enamelling is so special, well it is a technique used in miniature painting. Numerous layers of paint are applied and heated at high temperatures to bring out the harmony in each hue. The gold helps to give a life-like appearance to the flora and fauna on the dials while the mother-of-pearl flowers are the perfect contrast to the black and gold. For 2016, the birds featured in each dial, ‘fly’ according to the movement of the wrist.

Each dial sits inside a case that features snow-set diamonds. The timepiece is then completed with a black Mississippiensis alligator leather strap with an 18-carat gold buckle that is set with 80 brilliant-cut diamonds. To learn more about the Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Collection, catch the video below.


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