COLLECTION N°5: To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the N°5 perfume
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the N°5 perfume, Patrice Leguéreau, Director of the CHANEL Fine Jewelry Creation Studio, has imagined the “Collection N°5”, the first High Jewelry collection ever to be dedicated to a perfume.
From the bottle to the sillage, these hundred and twenty-three extraordinary pieces express the different facets of the N°5 perfume.
In 1921, the first “perfume for women with the scent of a woman” composed by Ernest Beaux and Gabrielle Chanel made a sound of commotion. The modernity of the fragrance, the purity of the bottle and the mystery of the name, the N°5 perfume was nothing short of a revolution.
In 1932, Mademoiselle shattered the codes of French High Jewelry with her one and only collection in platinum and diamonds. These “Bijoux de Diamants” introduced new ways of wearing jewelry and took jewelry into a new realm… that of allure.
In 2021, Patrice Leguéreau decided to bring these two domains together with the “Collection N°5”.
“Gabrielle Chanel approached these two universes with the same visionary values, focusing on audacity and the quest for excellence. I wanted to rediscover that creative gesture with this collection, which has been conceived like a journey through the meanderings of the N°5 perfume’s soul, from the architecture of the bottle to the olfactive explosion of the fragrance.
The highlight of this unprecedented collection is an emblematic and exceptional necklace set with a 55.55-carat diamond.”
Only the House of CHANEL could dedicate a High Jewelry collection to the most famous perfume in the world.
Daring creativity, noble materials, and an accentuated femininity together with an intimate character and a powerful timelessness, the “Collection N°5” reflects the main features of the iconic perfume. Through the one hundred and twenty-three flexible and architectural pieces of jewelry, CHANEL offers its vision of the contrast between the graphic design of the bottle and the sensuality of the fragrance. The Creation Studio magnifies five of the N°5 perfume’s identifying elements through compositions of rare and exceptional gemstones.
With 100 years of fame behind it, only a rich, unique and mysterious perfume like the N°5 perfume could inspire such a majestic collection of High Jewelry.
The emerald cut, the rectangular shape recalls the place Vendôme.
Exquisitely crafted from rock crystal or set with diamonds, onyx, pearls and yellow sapphires, the precious octagon is at the heart of the elegant and sophisticated graphic jewelry sets.
Through a skillful play on transparency, the rings adorned with rock crystal reveal beds of diamonds that underline the purest of profiles. On other gold rings, CHANEL exalts the beauty of symbolic gemstones such as this 5.21-carat diamond. Rendered even more feminine with a ribbon of diamonds, the stopper symbolizes the start of an imaginary world of the N°5 perfume.
Instantly recognizable, the geometric silhouette of the bottle can be seen through the lines of white diamonds, yellow diamonds and yellow sapphires cascading over sautoir necklaces, brooches and pendant earrings. Just like the N°5 Abstraction necklace whose subtle gradient colours reveal a perfect pairing of yellow and white diamonds.
From these bottles with their ethereal lines, escape tears of pear-shape diamonds and pink morganite escape that flow over the skin like droplets of a divine perfume.
In black and white, CHANEL reveals the body of the N°5 perfume in onyx, floating over a supple diamond plastron. In contrast, the silhouette of the bottle is hidden behind an exquisite small clock in mother-of-pearl and onyx marquetry with a floral décor of jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang.
Driven by a powerful and sensual line, the outline of the number ‘5’ becomes one of the signatures of the collection drawing a joyful line between the pieces at the stroke of pen. It sits mischievously off-center on a yellow gold and diamond choker with a drop of golden beryl. In the XL version, the 5 heightens the ardor of the Eternal N°5 necklace that can transform into a choker, and whose 5 can also be worn as a brooch. This spectacular design composed of a sublime cacophony of round, pear, navette and oval-shaped diamonds is completed with a 10-carat emerald-cut diamond. Mixed with yellow sapphires and in a contemporary fashion the number is haloed in light of diamonds. Wrapped in diamond ribbons on necklaces and bracelets, the 5 possesses the same voluptuousness reminiscent of the scented elixir. Like this majestic brooch where the famous number is accompanied by a flamboyant 4-carat sapphire in orange and pink sunrise hues, and an amber topaz drop of more than 30 carats.
At the heart of the fragrance, the jasmine, the may rose and the ylang-ylang blossom over the colorful jewelry sets. Worked in volume, the flowers retain all of their delicacy, while their appearance in the shape of the star, the moon and the sun, echo the symbols in the 1932 platinum and diamond collection. The freshness of the jasmine – which resembles a star – perfumes a cloud of diamonds. As for the may rose, CHANEL interprets it generously through a round, moon-like flower with its many petals dipped in pink sapphires. The gemstones sparkle in all their beauty on a long sautoir pearl necklace and a diamonds-set chain. Intricately crafted like a sun, the ylang-ylang glows at the center of luminous necklaces with a dew-like sprinkling of diamonds. Finally, an asymmetrical bouquet of white flowers representing the jasmine, the rose and the ylang-ylang adorns the Absolu N°5 plastron set with a multitude of diamonds. A 5-carat diamond highlighting the central motif can also be worn as a brooch.
In order to translate the olfactive revolution that is the N°5 perfume, CHANEL has imagined pieces with abstract motifs that shimmer and soften over the body like perfume. The solar and amber colors of a sumptuous pairing of 350-carats of imperial topazes give an incandescent, almost baroque air to the Golden Burst necklace. In pink harmonies, CHANEL plays the feminine card with the Blushing Sillage jewelry set in diamonds, rubies, garnets, yellow sapphires and pink and red spinels forming a gradation of colors resembling the golden jus of the N°5 perfume. As for the monochrome side, a cloud of diamonds illuminates the star-shaped composition of the Diamond Sillage necklace glistening with a 10-carat flawless stone, while its surrounding gems form scintillating ricochets over the neckline.
Jewelry Collection N°5
To celebrate the 100th year of the N°5 perfume’s fame, the CHANEL Fine Jewelry Creation Studio has chosen a combination of diamonds and white gold to trace the outlines of the number 5, Mademoiselle Chanel’s lucky number, and of a drop of perfume.
ETERNAL N°5 pendant in 18 carat white gold, featuring a number five and a drop of perfume set with diamonds.
ETERNAL N°5 necklace in 18 carat white gold, featuring a number 5 and a cascade of diamonds, the last stones recalling a drop of perfume.
The necklace may be worn in either a long or a short version.
ETERNAL N°5 earrings in 18 carat white gold and diamonds. One earring features a number 5, the other features a drop-shaped diamond and may be worn in a either a long or a short version.
ETERNAL N°5 ring in 18 carat white gold and diamonds tracing the outlines of the number 5.