In time

Cabillaud et écrasé de pomme de terre, servi au restaurant La Plage, aéroport de Nice-Côte d’Azur. Cod and crushed potatoes, La Plage restaurant, Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport.

Le Fish and Chips du Perfectionists’ Café, aéroport de Londres-Heathrow. Fish and chips at the Perfectionists’ Café, London-Heathrow Airport.

Chanel has entered the world of men’s luxury timepieces with panache. Monsieur, its first fully in-house watch, is a gem of elegance and performance.

It took seven years’ research to find the quintessential black for the J12 timepiece, which marked Chanel’s handsome entry into the luxury watchmaking ring in 2000. The house’s watchmaking division was set up in 1987. Chanel’s first piece to be made entirely in-house, a men’s watch, took five years to developthe time to design a caliber with jumping hours and a retrograde minute, whose fine architecture is visible through the clear case back. Soberly named Monsieur, it naturally shares the aesthetics of the masculine-style elements that Mademoiselle Chanel borrowed from her beauxfrom the jodhpurs worn by cavalry officer Étienne Balsan to the Duke of Westminster’s tweeds. Housing this noble caliber, including the generous 72-hour power reserve, is a sleek 40-mm case in beige gold (a Chanel exclusive), with an elegant ivory opaline dial. The octagonal window displaying the jumping hour recalls the shape of Paris’s Place Vendôme. The minute hand jumps back to its point of departure after sweeping through an arc of 240° over a smaller second hand. Chanel’s favorite lion motif adorns the caliber, crown and bracelet claspa discreet but powerful symbol sealing Chanel’s arrival in the luxury watchmaking arena.

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