Chanel has taken a minority stake in Montres Journe SA, which owns haute horology brand F.P. Journe.

F.P. Journe, which limits production to 900 timepieces a year, will retain its independence and exclusivity of its designs.

The move, said a press release by Chanel, “will enable Montres Journe SA to continue its development by ensuring its sustainability, as well as its autonomy”.

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The expansion highlights the fashion powerhouse’s increased interest in expanding its watch portfolio. Chanel had already taken stakes in Bell & Ross in 1998, and in Romain Gauthier in 2011.

Chanel has also been busy flexing its own in-house watchmaking muscle. The maison has launched an in-house calibre every year since 2016. The latest, Calibre 3, launched this year at Baselworld, is a sleek skeletonised movement housed inside a transparent Boy.Friend watch.

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