Is it a watch, a jewel, or both? Introduced in 2017 as a tribute to Chanel's design tropes, the Code Coco returns in beige gold, steel or ceramic, alongside two High Jewellery versions.
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Exhibitors at Baselworld remembered that women watch buyers aren't to be overlooked. Even so, only a few made a noticeable effort to introduce originality into collections, resulting in a rather predictable crop of new releases overall.
There was a time when visitors came to Baselworld expecting to be dazzled. But those days are gone. Exhibitors at this year's fair presented collections that were solidly grounded but lacking star quality. It was left to the independents to keep the flame of creativity burning.
As it approaches its twentieth anniversary, the J12 has been given something of a makeover. Considered the twenty-first century's first iconic watch, its "metamorphosis" takes the form of subtle, almost imperceptible differences. The one major change is the Calibre 12.1 inside, Chanel's first base movement, made by Kenissi.
These previews of what brands will be serving up in Basel, or in Swatch Group's case, Zurich, make for tasty viewing. Mechanisms are laid bare or clad in unusual materials. Let's get this party started!
In the weeks before Baselworld, Chanel is previewing Tweed and Black Skeleton versions of its BoyFriend watch, equipped with the Calibre 3 movement.
Last December, François-Paul Journe was in Paris to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the F.P. Journe boutique. He was visibly pleased to be among friends, including some of his very first customers.