More than two decades of some unforgettable songs and live electronic music performances have been the goodwill of the legendary duo. Daft Punk, who announced their shock divided in early 2021. Iconic robots have inspired many musicians in their work, but their influence has spread beyond music and into various forms of art and culture.
An example of that inspiration came to Arnaud Chastaingt, director of Chanel’s Watchmaking Creation Studio, who turned to Daft Punk’s famous career for his latest collection, the Chanel Electro. A little stronger than Chanel’s maverick, Chastaingt intends to give the J12’s 20th anniversary collection a boost.
Exploding Chanel’s classic J12 watch with a vibrant, neon sapphire bezel and time mark pieces that were undoubtedly inspired by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo helmet, Chastaingt took the some artistic freedom in the black and white colorway that Chanel is so familiar with.
“Chanel is a house in black and white,” Chastaingt said the Telegraph. But his collection is made with the intent to mimic what he calls the “night universe,” with a beautiful rainbow of sapphire that seems to come to life from the matte black and white ceramic J12 Electro models.
Chastaingt credited the works of longtime Daft Punk manager and Ed Banger Records number Busy P as a major inspiration behind the concept of the new collection, but apparently the maker of the iconic helmets of the duo Tony Gardner, definitely has a role as well. However, French electro music and culture made the biggest impact on Chastaingt, and the pieces really came to life.
“I conceived this capsule collection as a production program,” says Chastaingt, “inviting our classics to take turns at this stage and draw inspiration from the world’s codes.”