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The First Major Facelift Of Chanel's J12 Watch Since Its Debut

The Chanel J12 watch is an industry VIP (Very Important Product) for good reason

If the history of horology is anything to go by, you can thank the Chanel J12 for making sporty ceramic timepieces a very big thing in the 2000s. It might explain why its first major facelift since debuting 19 years ago is obvious probably only to loyalists, even though 70 per cent of its design has been refined. The bezel now sports more and smaller grooves, while the crown is a third slimmer. The curves of the case have been accentuated just so, while the bracelet is flatter and made up of longer links to add comfort and – more subtly – sophistication. Noticing the updates, introduced to seven variations including all-monochrome and all-diamond, calls for a close-up look and insider knowledge – two things every front-row goer shouldn’t be short on.






For added refinement, the numerals on the J12 have been upgraded to ceramic, while the words “Swiss Made” that used to sit on the dial have been integrated into the flange. Hour indicators have also been added to the inner dial to make it easier to read. J12 ceramic watch (left) and with diamonds (right) on matching bracelet, wool and mohair tweed jacket, and metal chandelier earrings with glass pearls and crystals.   All watches, Chanel Fine Jewellery. All clothes and accessories, Chanel
The most impressive tweaks to Chanel’s J12 are even less obvious: The back of the case is now made of see-through sapphire crystal, not steel, to show off the watch’s new automatic movement. The latter offers 70-hour power reserve – up from 42 – so that your watch will still be running come Monday, even if you forget to wind it during the weekend. J12 ceramic watch (right) and with diamonds (left) on matching bracelet, and wool-blend sheath dress. Photography Tan Wei Te Styling Imran Jalal Styling Assistant Karin Lew Hair Junz Loke, using Kevin.Murphy Makeup Wee Ming, using Chanel Nails Zi/auum The Honest Nail Spa Model Faith D/Mannequin Location Siri House   This story first appeared in Female’s June 2019 print issue.