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Time Flies in Style This Christmas With Chanel’s J12 Watch

Time Flies in Style This Christmas With Chanel’s J12 Watch
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
By Hong Kong Tatler
December 16, 2019
Chanel Focus
For the past 20 years, Chanel’s J12 watch has been a design classic—and now in its new evolution, this timepiece has become even more covetable, making it a truly timeless Christmas gift

The J12 was originally created by Chanel’s artistic director Jacques Helleu back in 2000. Helleu took inspiration from the sporty sleek lines of race cars and the regal silhouettes of sailing boats, naming the watch J12 after the racing class in the world’s oldest and most renowned yacht race, the America’s Cup.

Crafted in either black or white ceramic, the J12 was a watch for the 21st century—contemporary, free-spirited and daringly distinctive. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Arnauld Chastaingt, director of Chanel’s Watch Creation Studio, has given the timepiece a striking makeover befitting of the brand new decade.

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Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

The latest incarnation of J12 boasts a one-piece ceramic case equipped with a sapphire crystal, so that the watch’s new 12.1 calibre automatic movement—specially developed by Suisse KENISSI Manufacture and offering a 70-hour power reserve—can be admired in all its glory. The oscillating weight has been totally redesigned in tungsten to showcase its openwork, which features the perfect circles that have become Chanel Haute Horlogerie’s hallmark, whilst still maintaining ultra-efficient rewinding power.

Other subtle modifications give an enhanced impression of intangible lightness. These include a refined bezel featuring an increased number of notches, a slimmed-down crown and ceramic cabochon, a softer slightly rounded case, and a new bracelet with extended links.

Photo: Courtesy of Chanel
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Mentions of “Automatic” and “Swiss Made” now appear in the iconic Chanel typeface, whilst the numerals, indexes and watch hands have been sensitively redesigned to further flatter the J12’s simple yet stylish aesthetic, with the numerals crafted from ceramic too—small details that make the J12 even more exquisite, without compromising its original distinctive design.

The epitome of eternal chic, the J12 is exactly the kind of watch we’re hoping to find under our Christmas tree this December.

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