Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) opened a millinery shop in Paris in 1909 and went on to launch her own couture houses in Paris, Deauville and Biarritz. From humble origins, she became one of the greatest icons of fashion in the 20th century.
The creator of the little black dress and Chanel No. 5, Chanel pioneered a new style of women’s clothes, combining simplicity and comfort with elegance, to create an unmistakable style which had a great influence over the fashions of the 1920s and 30s.
Her innovations in costume jewellery were introduced through her Paris salon, where she opened a boutique specializing in accessories and jewellery.
Instead of copying the style of fine jewellery, her costume jewellery was designed specifically to reflect the elegant simplicity of her clothes and to compliment and ‘finish’ an outfit.
The simple but effective use of multiple strings of faux pearls with a black pullover epitomises this style. Other key pieces for Chanel include gold tone chains, pate-de-verre jewellery from Maison Gripoix and classic Maltese cross cuffs designed by Verdura. more...Chanel closed her business when she was exiled to Switzerland during World War II, following her affair with a Nazi officer.
She re-invented the Chanel brand throughout the 1950s and into 1960s, working with designer Robert Goossens, producing long, rosary style necklaces, with chains of pearls and beads, and Maltese cross brooches decorated with glass cabochons in her signature colours of red and green.
In the mid 1950s the House of Chanel introduced leather handbags with metal and leather chains, which allowed carrying the handbag from the shoulder or in hand, and later, quilted-leather handbags.
After the death of Coco Chanel in 1971, control of the company passed to the Wertheimer family who had been shareholders and partners in the business since the late 1920s.
In the 1990s the company diversified into other luxury goods, including watches, sunglasses, all types of clutches and bags, and affordable jewellery.
As of the present time, Chanel S.A., known as the House of Chanel, is a French private company, that remains in the ownership of billionaires Gerard and Alain Wertheimer.
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A ladies tag Heuer diamond set Aquaracer wristwatch, stainless steel and yellow gold links, marked to dial tag Heuer Aquaracer 300meters, quartz movement, model wbd1321.bb0320, presented with 32mm round case, channel set yellow gold diamond set bezel, moth
A ladies Omega Constellation wristwatch, stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold, made as a classic slim cased ladies Constellation with quartz movement, presented with round case raised yellow gold rail to bezel channel set with fine quality brilliant cut di
A Chanel J12 diamond and titanium wristwatch, quartz movement, circular silvered dial with Arabic and diamond numerals, titanium case and stainless steel back with diamond set bezel, conforming titanium and stainless steel bracelet bands, reference 3.D5774
A J12 diamond wristwatch by Chanel, automatic movement, circular white and diamond set dial with diamond numerals, date aperture between four and five, signed case dial and movement, white ceramic case with conforming ceramic bands, total length 180mm, 40m
A J12 diamond wristwatch by Chanel, automatic movement, circular black dial with diamond numerals, date aperture between four and five, signed case, dial and movement, black ceramic case with diamond set bezel to conforming ceramic bracelet bands, case ref
Ladies platinum & diamond cocktail bracelet watch, with Swiss 17 jewel lever manual-wind movement. Round dial cover set with 25 round brilliant cut diamonds and 4 baguette cut diamonds. Scroll shoulder and bracelet set with 14 channel set baguette diam
Chanel a stainless steel and black ceramic wristwatch with date and bracelet case Z.R. 30282 J12 circa 2004, quartz movement, black dial with white Arabic numerals, recessed centre with black minute track and polished rim, black outer minute divisions with
Chanel,a black ceramic and diamond-set wristwatch with date and bracelet case O.G.80568 circa 2005 J12, quartz movement, black dial with diamond-set hour markers, recessed centre with white minute track and polished rim, luminous five minute markers, polis
Chanel,a stainless steel ceramic and diamond-set automatic centre seconds wristwatch with bracelet case S.D.56707 circa 2008 J12 Automatic winding movement, fully jewelled, circular guilloche metallic dial with diamond-set hour markers, recessed centre wit
Chanel,a stainless steel and white ceramic wristwatch with date and bracelet case I.K. 74271 circa 2008 J12, quartz movement, white dial with white Arabic numerals, recessed centre with white minute track and polished rim, white outer minute divisions with
A ladies Alter Ego Tag Heuer wristwatch. Stainless steel, quartz movement, model no Wp 1415, from the Alter Ego collection, designed with sports styled round case, blue dial with channel set brilliant cut diamonds to bezel in two sections, connecting to an
A Chanel J12 chronograph wristwatch, automatic movement, circular white dial with applied Arabic numerals, date aperture between four and five, signed case, dial and movement, white ceramic case with diamond set bezel and conforming ceramic bracelet bands,
A ladies Chanel wristwatch, yellow gold plated with black leather to bracelet, Chanel Premiere, circa 1990, medium sized with quartz movement, 20 x 26mm case, black dial with bevelled glass, two hands, fitted to an iconic style black leather and gold link
Chanel, a lady's white ceramic and diamond set automatic bracelet watch with date case I.S.36965 'J12', circa 2007 Automatic winding movement, white dial with diamond set hour markers, recessed centre with black minute track and polished rim, black outer m
A Chanel J12 wristwatch, automatic movement, circular black dial with Arabic numerals, date aperture between four and five, signed case, dial and movement, black ceramic case with rotating bezel and conforming bracelet bands, 40mm diameter.
A ladies diamond set Omega Constellation wristwatch, stainless steel, My Choice ladies Constellation model 1465.71 mini size with quart movement, round case channel set to bezel with thirty brilliant cut diamonds, with mother-of-pearl diamond and small squ
A Chanel J12 diamond wristwatch, automatic movement, circular black dial with diamond encrusted centre and diamond numerals, signed case, dial and movement, black ceramic case with rotating bezel and conforming bracelet bands, 40mm diameter
A Chanel J12 chronograph wristwatch, quartz movement, circular white dial with Arabic numerals, date aperture at four, signed case, dial and movement, white ceramic case with rotating bezel and conforming bracelet bands, 42mm diameter.
A ladies Chanel J12 wristwatch, quartz movement, circular white dial with diamond numerals, date apperture between four and five, signed case, dial and movement, white ceramic case with rotating bezel and conforming bracelet bands, 35mm diameter, with box
Chanel 'J12' wristwatch, the white ceramic wristwatch with automatic, nickel finished lever movement, white dial, Arabic numerals, luminescent accents and hands, eccentric date aperture between 4 and 5 o'clock, centre seconds, circular water resistant type
Channel, a lady's stainless steel and ceramic wristwatch, J12, quartz, circular white dial with applied Arabic numeral, centre sweep seconds, date aperture, diamond set rotating bezel, ceramic crow, dial, case and bracelet signed, articulated ceramic brace
Lady's platinum cocktail wrist watch with a manual movement, a large rectangular shaped case, domed profile, centrally detailed by a cut cornered face, a cream dial, black Arabic numerals, grain set to the bezel with twenty single cut diamonds, flanked ver
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