BEST of the BEST 2014 | Style | Women's Watches | Visual Artistry: Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel

Chanel’s first Coromandel watches signaled a step in a new direction for the fashion house when they made their debut in 2012. Rendered by the master enamelist Anita Porchet, the dials reproduced elements from the Coromandel screens found in Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment. The second edition of these watches, released last year, takes not only these motifs but also the techniques used to depict them to new heights. The set, made up of just three one-of-a-kind timepieces ($250,000 to $555,000), incorporates an astonishing level of detail, which is engraved into the base medium and then filled and painted with enamel. Porchet also added tiny gold highlights, an adaptation of the paillonné enamel technique used in the 19th century. The luminous sophistication of the finished pieces comes as much from the subject matter as from the skill of the artist—an irresistible statement for even the most private of mademoiselles. (800.550.0005, www.chanel.com)

From Around the Web...
Christian Selmoni, Vacheron Constantin’s artistic director
Artistic director Christian Selmoni reveals design direction, industry trends, and the new Celestia…
Zenith Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in Bronze
Will the latest heritage-inspired Pilot watch be the new darling of the collecting community?
Jaeger LeCoultre Master Chronograph
Robb Report takes a closer look at one of the most talked about watches launched at SIHH…
Share your love of horology with your partner with a couple of watches you can wear together…
These racy watches offer a slightly different way to say “I Love You” to your special Valentine…
We round out the week with a few of our favorite vintage watches currently up for sale…
Photo by Justin Mastine-Frost
Though not a new add to the F.P. Journe catalog, the Octa Sport ARS Titanium remains an exceptional...
Cased in Quartz TPT composite and sapphire, these are the new motorsport-inspired watches to covet...
We count down our 8 favorite new releases that flew under the radar this past month in Geneva…
The TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 is the most complex of the watches in its series…