The Bamford Watch Department is responsible for customizing this limited edition Rolex for the Creative Director of Chanel. Bamford is a London based company which customizes watches made by other brands.
Karl Lagerfeld started his designing career at Balmain in 1956. Coincidentally, this was also the year that Rolex first launched their Milgauss watch, which has a high degree of anti-magnetism. This watch has been notably worn by scientists who work at CERN (the Large Hadron Collider) in Geneva. The Milgauss gets its name as it can withstand 1000 (mil, French for 1000) gauss of magnetic force. This is achieved through ferromagnetic alloys that are specifically chosen by Rolex.
The case is in all matte black, with a large stationary bezel holding the scratch resistant sapphire crystal. As with all Rolex watches, the crystal has been glare proofed on both sides, allowing for perfect legibility even in extremely bright lighting. This Karl Lagerfeld limited edition carries dimensions of 40mm for the case diameter. The bracelet used on this model is the famous Rolex three-piece link system with oyster lock folding clasp.
The dial also carries a pattern of the profile of Lagerfeld and luminous indexes for the hour markers. At the 12 position is Rolex’s unmistakable logo – a crown. The central seconds hand is fashioned into a lightning bolt shape further highlighting this watch’s relationship to electromagnetism – one of the 4 fundamental forces in physics.
Powering this watch is a self-winding mechanical movement Caliber 3131. This movement has characteristics that also make it resistant to magnetism like the blue Parachrom hairspring. This timepiece is certified a chronometer by the COSC.
This watch retails for 19,000 Euros (USD $25,820) and is only available at Karl Lagerfeld’s boutiques in Paris and Munich.