by: Ariel King
by: Ariel King
May 1, 2021
Daft Punk have been a source of inspiration for many artists since they first stepped on the scene with their 1997 debut album, Homework. Now, the iconic duo has influenced a new line of watches by Chanel. Arnaud Chastaingt, the director of Chanel’s Watchmaking Creation Studio, recently unveiled Chanel Electro, a collection that lets wearers pay tribute to Daft Punk with their wrists.
Although most of Chastaignt’s work with the iconic fashion house has stayed within a black-and-white color scheme, Chanel Electro invites a splash of color. The line sees Chastaignt give the J12 a rainbow color scheme in celebration of the line’s 20th anniversary. In a statement to The Telegraph, Chastaignt said,
“I conceived this capsule collection like a performance program, inviting our classics to take turns on this stage and draw inspiration from the codes of this world.”
Usually made in black and white matte, this new rendition of the J12 involves a rainbow-hued bezel and markers while the rest stays true to Chanel’s signature black and white color scheme. Daft Punks manager Busy P was a large influence on the new collection, according to Chastaignt. The watch also appears to have taken some inspiration from Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo’s helmet.
Despite announcing their official split in February, the electronic cornerstones have continued to inspire the dance sphere in recent months. One fan recently used Tesla coils to cover “Around the World” while another uploaded a tutorial showing fans how to create their own 3D printed mini Daft Punk helmet. Zane Lowe even released a tribute mix on Apple Music following the news of Daft Punk’s split.
Featured image: Daniel Boczarski