The Limited Edition of the Haute Horlogerie Chanel Red Edition Collection | Source: Fobes

Chanel Launches Red Edition Collection Inspired by Coco’s Favourite Colour

Chanel has proclaimed 2022 the year of the ruby, and to celebrate, it’s launching a trio of limited edition watches, all of them set with rubies.

The collection features three classic Chanel models – the J12 X-Ray Red, the bezel and crown Boy-Friend Skeleton Red Edition is highlighted with rubies and Boy-Friend Skeleton X-Ray Red Edition is likewise decorated, with the circular bridges of the movement colored red to match.

The red collection timepieces are believed to be a nod to Maison founder Coco Chanel who famously loved black and white, and those colors have come to define the brand, but she also had a penchant for red accents, and is said to have declared, “If you’re sad or heartbroken, make yourself up, dress up, add more lipstick and attack.”

Chanel J-12 X-ray Red Edition
The Chanel J12 X-Ray Red Edition | POA
Boy-Friend Skeleton X-Ray Red Edition | POA
Boy-Friend Skeleton X-Ray Red Edition With Black Leather Strap | POA

The centrepiece of the collection is likely the J12 X-Ray Red limited to just 12 pieces. Taking Chanel’s classic J12 watch shape and making it almost entirely out of sapphire crystal gives you the J12 X-Ray. Then adorning it with 80 baguette-cut rubies creates the new beautiful red edition. The style exposes the inside movement, hence the ‘X-Ray name, and features 12 natural rubies as dial markers and 46 more sets into the bezel.

The second Chanel timepiece silhouette joining the red collection is the Boy-Friend Skeleton. Its red edition gets a bezel set with 38 baguette cut rubies surrounding an 18k beige gold case and exposed gold inner workings. The crown also features another 5 rubies and the red strap contains another 23.

Reminiscent of Chanel’s 2.55 handbag the strap comes in the same pattern as the iconic bag. Just 55 of these Boy-Friend Skeleton red editions have been made.

The final timepiece in the red edition trio comes in the same Boy-Friend Skeleton silhouette but with a sapphire crystal case and bezel – another X-Ray edition. Limited to just 100 pieces, it features the same red highlights and five rubies are set into the crown but the clear case offers a very different aesthetic.

If you’re searching for the perfect Chanel Christmas present then you will enjoy our coverage of Chanel’s first advent calendar.

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