Chanel : A constellation of diamonds at the Biennale des Antiquaires

Chanel took part for the very first time at the Biennale des Antiquaires that was held from September 14th to 23rd in the Grand Palais, Paris. For this grand occasion, the brand occupied a 150m2 exhibition space designed by American architect Peter Marino. Among the hundred or so treasures on display, the “1932” glowed particularly bright. Through around 80 exceptional creations, this line celebrates the 80th anniversary of the “Bijoux de Diamants” collection, the first and only Haute Joaillerie collection created by Gabrielle Chanel in 1932. A fairytale constellation of white, yellow and black diamonds, pearls, as well as pink and blue sapphires light up this anniversary collection that explores a variety of comet, star, sun and feather motifs – and for the first time, that of the lion. Mademoiselle Chanel loved to feature the effigy of this proud creature on the buttons of her clothes, and her apartment also housed a number of objets d’art on this leonine theme – a symbol now majestically interpreted in a splendid sautoir necklace in which a lion carved out of rutilated quartz bestrides a diamond comet and an exceptional 32-carat yellow diamond.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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