Low Price Replica Chanel Brings Glyptic Art of Engraved Gemstones to the Wristwatch

I firmly feel the world needs more elegant dive watches. Like this one, the latest version from Chanel’s exceptionally powerful ceramic lineup. Previously photographed here, today we have a complete review from a month on the wrist with the mention H2979 Chanel J12 Chromatic. Available in 33mm quartz, also 38 and 41mm automatic, the J12 Chromatic utilizes the famous Chanel ceramic expertise to create a watch with the appearance and texture of metal.Fellow author James Stacey and I differ with Ariel within our favorite size of watch. In Ariel’s hands-on, his take was “I really like the feel of this Chromatic in my wrist, but would love to get a 43-45mm wide size” Me? I locate 38mm to be only right, but read on and see if you agree or not.By my dimensions, this really is 38mm, 41 at the broadest part of the bezel, and 46.6mm lug to lug. A slender 10.2mm thick in the middle of the domed crystal, tapering to 9.5mm in the edge. The bracelet is 18mm tapering just slightly down to 17mm, 5mm thick with sprung deployant clasp. Crown is domed, unsigned and 6.5mm. 141 grams in weight including the bracelet, similar to steel watches of the exact same size. Additionally, it is available in 41mm, and in 33mm quartz versions.The movement is, I believe, the tracteur ETA 2892, my all-time favourite. Tough, precise, easy to support, and thinner compared to 2824 to boot. You’ll discover it as the base for much more expensive watches, from a variety of brands, in addition to used for modules out of Dubois Depraz. By way of example, the Omega 1120 and IWC 30110 are lightly modified 2892s. There are a number of good pictures of it in the RGM 151P review.

An art dating back to the ancient Egyptians, the technique of engraved gemstones is the metier d’art that decorates the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Glyptique, a quartet of one of a kind timepieces.

Named after the sign on the door of Coco Chanel‘s studio in Paris, the Mademoiselle Privé is a series of ladies’ wristwatches featuring elaborate dials decorated with artisanal techniques like enamelling and precious stone embroidery. These timepieces are inspired by the Coromandel screens in the designer’s homes, and like the Chinese lacquer screens they feature intricate decoration against a jet black background. The latest technique to make its way to the watch dial is glyptic art, the practice of carving small gemstones by hand that give the dial depth and detail. A technique devised several thousand years ago and found in Mesopotamia and ancient Greece, glyptic art was often used for cylinder seals, signet rings and cameos. Used to sculpt stones in relief (a motif that stands out) and intaglio (a recessed motif), the technique is use to create the dial decor of the Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Glyptique. Only four unique watches have been made, each with a different motif on the dial but similarly inspired by Coco Chanel’s Coromandel screens.

Each dial is hand-made and takes over 100 hours to complete, starting with reproducing the key elements of the dial design on a gold plate via hand-engraving. The design is then cut out and engraved, forming the rocks, trees and flowers.

Tracing out the design
Hand-engraving the gold plate

Then gemstones, including turqoise, cornaline and lapis lazuli, as well as tiny pieces of mother of pearl are engraved to form the birds in the motif. Enamel accents are added to the motif and finally everything is piece together on the dial plate, which is 18k white gold.

Adding enamel accents on the plants sculpted from gold

Piecing together the tiny pieces of the dial decoration

All four versions of the Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel Glyptique have 37.5mm white gold cases with snow-set diamonds. They’re each equipped with an automatic movements with a 42 hour power reserve. The price is between S$340,900 and S$360,300 (equivalent to US$241,000 and US$255,000).

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