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CHANEL: The J12 watch

The J12 watch changes everything, without changing anything


At the dawn of its 20th anniversary, the J12 watch has transformed and metamorphosed without losing its very essence.

In the year 2000, the J12 watch designed by Jacques Helleu, artistic director of the House, revolutionized the world of watchmaking. In black ceramic, it was crowned the first watch icon of the 21st century.

Free, classic, contemporary.


Twenty years after its creation, Arnaud Chastaingt, director of the CHANEL Watch Creation Studio gave the J12 a makeover without touching the very identity that built its legend and its success.

The latest J12 now has a one-piece ceramic case equipped with a sapphire crystal so the new 12.1 caliber automatic movement, specially developed by the new Suisse KENISSI Manufacture, can be seen to be admired. The oscillating weight has been totally redesigned in tungsten to produce its openwork while maintaining efficient rewinding power. The caliber 12.1, a chronometer certified by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), offers 70-hour power reserve.


Because the J12 could not remain itself, it had to evolve. Without ever changing.














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