The Chanel J12, which turns 25 next year, is still seen by many today as a fashion accessory as it is inevitably linked to its luxury brand, but since then the watch has evolved a lot and today is quite different from the “yacht 12-meter class” watch released in 1999.
J12 Watch Caliber 12.1
The new ceramic J12 comes in two versions, one in full black and the other in full white, clad on the outside a 38mm ceramic case and bracelet, 60 meters scale bezel, sapphire glass on both sides, fluted crown at three o’clock with crown guards and 200m water resistance.
The dial, which matches the tone of the case, features applied Arabic numerals, a set of three central hands and a date window at 4 ½ o’clock.
Inside operates the new Caliber 12.1 automatic movement, produced by Kenissi, which is COSC certified and offers up to 70 hours of power reserve.
Chanel, through its Interstellar capsule collection, presents three new iterations of the J12.
The new “pixelized” watch appears in a black ceramic case that on its right side appears with a “Pixels” effect in white that starts at the dial extends to the bezel and ends at the case and crown.
There is also a special version of this watch whose “Pixels” in white ceramic give way to studded diamonds.
Both watches also come with the new Caliber 12.1 and are limited to 55 pieces each.
J12 Eclipse Box
There is a unique set of seven watches that aim to represent the eclipse, which is therefore painted vertically in black and white, starting with the first one painted entirely in white, evolving later to a reduction in white painting and an increase in black over the five next watches until the last one that is already completely painted in black representing the total eclipse.
It should also be noted that the watches feature a dial with 5 rings with a baguette-cut ceramic in the same tone as the case and bracelet.
The seven unique watches are powered by Caliber 12.1.
This is a two-tone pair of watches, with only one side of the bracelet also painted in two-tone matching the quarter of the dial.
One of them has three-quarters of the dial in black ceramic and one-quarter decorated with baguette-cut diamonds. And another in white ceramic with three-quarters of the dial decorated with baguette-cut diamonds and the rest in black ceramic.
Like the other models in 38mm, these two watches come equipped with Caliber 12.1 and are limited to 12 pieces each.