Focus : Chanel


CASE : white ceramic and steel


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding Caliber 12.1, COSCcertified, 70h power reserve

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date

DIAL : white lacquered

CASEBACK : sapphire Crystal


BRACELET : white ceramic

Spot the difference

At first glance, nothing has changed. It still boasts the same sporty lines sculpted in white or black ceramic, which in the year 2000 proved a game-changer in watch design. But between the brilliant sketch by Jacques Helleu, Chanel’s former artistic director, and the new design revealed this year by his successor Arnaud Chastaingt, the J12 has been transformed. The size of the dial has been accentuated by a refined bezel and highlighted by more grooves. The profile of the case has been subtly enlarged without sacrificing the flowing elegance of its silhouette. The font of the numerals and hourmarkers features a new design, as does the inner railway track bearing new indicators. Behind the scenes, transformation is also the name of the game with a brand-new COSC-certified self-winding 12.1 caliber designed and developed exclusively for Chanel by the Kenissi watch movement manufacturer. Although its performance is COSC-certified, it foregoes nothing of Chanel’s characteristic elegance. As a graphic signature, its oscillating weight has thus been openworked to form a perfect circle. In the end, Chanel has modified around 80% of the J12’s components without ever compromising its identity. The J12 will always remain the J12.

Journaliste spécialisée en horlogerie, la plume de Marie présente les nouveautés tout en s'occupant de la rubrique Architecture.

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