After Calibre 1 and Calibre 2, Chanel launched the third autonomous mechanical movement-Calibre 3, which for the first time brings a hollow design to the neutral style Boy Friend series. Like other mechanical movements (whether autonomous or introduced) on the Chanel watch, Calibre 3 can serve the overall aesthetics of the watch and blend perfectly with the rectangular case of the Boy Friend series.
Unlike many other ‘fine watchmaking’ movements, the Calibre 3 movement is not mirror-polished or other delicately hand-finished, but this does not mean that this movement has no technical content. In fact, the black ADLC coating of the hollow bridge, combined with the bezel beige gold plating coating that echoes the aesthetics of the case, is also a complex technical challenge.
Even the design of hollow-out elements places more emphasis on form than function. The bridge of the movement is located on the back side of the case, and is almost hidden by the interconnected rings with black and gold contrast finishing. The movement is manually wound and does not have a oscillating weight. The function is the simplest, only the central hours, minutes and small seconds are displayed with beige gold hands. The barrel can ensure a power reserve of at least 55 hours, drive a variable inertia balance, and be equipped with anti-vibration.
Chanel’s new Boy ∙ Friend Skeleton watch is available in two styles. The regular model is priced at 36,500 euros and the bezel-set diamond is priced at 42,500 euros.