I usually never write about ladies’ watches. It is something that I leave to the lovely Rebecca and Roberta – they have much more objectivity on this topic than I’ll ever have. Yet, from time to time, I can see the beauty of a women’s watch and be impressed or inspired. This is what I felt when seeing the new Chanel Boy-Friend Squelette – a feminine timepiece that almost made me jealous not to be able to wear it.
Why this one? Why did I feel the itch to write about a ladies’ watch? Simple: look at the new Chanel Boy-Friend Squelette and you’ll understand. Inspired, unique, mechanically interesting, modern, not necessarily girly and dressed with diamonds… As indicated by its name, this Chanel piece is inspired by the growing concept of the Boy-Friend watch – you know, that moment when your better half borrows your watch and you scream at her but secretly find it super-attractive…
Modern ladies are not attracted by old-school feminine watches anymore- those small, round, gem-set pieces that you might find on your mother’s wrist. Instead, they prefer to wear masculine, larger watches. Chanel, a brand that knows a bit about trends and fashion (to say the least) understood this and created the Boy-Friend collection – rectangular, sharp watches, which could appear to be borrowed from a man’s wrist, and yet displaying the elegance that women want.
The new Chanel Boy-Friend Squelette pushes the concept even further with a sexy looking movement – and I say that as a man who wouldn’t dislike the idea of seeing this movement in a man’s watch. This movement might not be ultra-complex, but it stands out because of its shape and layout. It plays with curves, symmetry and balanced proportions to create a rigorous, yet desirable design. The case, in 18k beige gold (without or with diamonds on the bezel), creates a nice contrast to the black decoration of the movement, highlighted with gold bevels on the bridges.
Just like the Chanel Monsieur Watch, we can feel the hand of Romain Gauthier here. Really, I hope to see this movement – or a larger version of it – in a watch designed for men. The case is rather large, yet possibly too small for men – 37mm x 28.6mm.
This new Chanel Boy-Friend Squelette impressed me for being innovative, technically interesting and, for once, in line with trends and modern women’s desires. More details after Baselworld 2018.