Baselworld 2014 watch review: the new Chanel Premiere Flying Tourbillon watch with pink sapphires

Mademoiselle Chanel's favourite flower, the Camellia, is transformed into a beautiful women's watch complication on the new Première Flying Tourbillon watch.

Chanel's new Première Flying Tourbillon watch for 2014 in white gold is set with 169 diamonds and 63 pink sapphires

Indisputably Chanel and mesmerisingly pretty, the 2014 interpretation of the Première Flying Tourbillon watch, a limited-edition of just 20 pieces, is set to be one of the showstoppers at Baselworld.

First launched two years ago and winner of the best women's watch in the 2012 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie in Geneva, the Chanel Première Flying Tourbillon watch is not only beautiful to look at. It also features one of the most impressive watch complications around - a 225-part flying tourbillon movement developed exclusively for Chanel by legendary Swiss manufacturers, engineers and master watchmakers Renaud & Papi.

Like its 2012 and 2013 predecessors, the latest design incorporates Mademoiselle Chanel's favourite flower, the camellia, which cleverly forms the watch movement. The camellia flower performs one rotation per minute, with the petals of the flying tourbillon indicating the passing of the seconds.

Each watch takes more than 100 hours to assemble and requires 23 hours of setting work. Featuring 169 diamonds as well as 63 baguette-cut pink sapphires set around the white gold case and crown, this is a timepiece for women who demand the very best in design and function.

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