The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 September 2007

Not adjusted for inflation

"Oh, look, Archie," said Edith Bunker. "Chanel No. 5. That's their highest number!"

Which wasn't quite true: you could buy No. 19 back in 1971, a year before that particular episode of All in the Family aired, and being the tedious little snot I was at the time, I pointed this out just about every time it was rerun.

I did not, however, know that just this year Chanel introduced No. 18:

No. 18 is an homage to Chanel jewelry (and, to me, a jewel among the new releases). The first Fine Jewelry collection, Bijous de Diamant, which consisted of platinum and diamond pieces, was launched by Mlle Chanel in 1932. In 1997, a worldwide flagship fine jewelry boutique was opened by the company on 18 Place Vendôme in Paris. It was the boutique that inspired Jacques Polge to create No. 18.

Not everyone loves it, though:

I know the fans of ambrette seed are legion, but I am not one of them. I appreciate its pickled-musk smell in theory, but in practice no. It's not an offensive or unattractive smell by any means (and who am I to judge, given some of the nasty things I wear?) But I defer any further comment on No. 18 on the grounds that it's not going to appeal to me no matter how well done it is.

On the other hand, this sort of comment does make me curious, though not curious enough to spend $175 for 200 ml. (This is about half the price of HP DeskJet ink, which doesn't smell good at all.)

Posted at 1:08 PM to Almost Yogurt