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Chanel Celebrates 20 Years of J12 with New Models

By whitewall

May 11, 2020

Chanel recently debuted new variations of its J12 timepiece, honoring its 20th anniversary—the J12 Paradoxe, the J12 Paradoxe Diamonds, the J12 X-Ray, as well as an updated take on the original. First released in 2000, the women’s watch embodies a rebellious spirit with its innovative design.

The original timepiece in white now features a one-piece ceramic case, accompanied by a sapphire crystal-enclosed 12.1 caliber automatic movement. The slightest adjustments—like an increase in thickness, updated numeral typeface, and the addition of indicators at the center of the dial—ensure the J12 will continue to evolve with the passing of time, without ever changing.

Chanel’s J12 Paradoxe has a modern aesthetic created by fusing together sections of black and white scratch-resistant ceramic. A flash of dark on the side juxtaposes the bright white body and dial, accompanied by steel details and displays of hours, minutes, and a seconds timer.

The J12 Paradoxe Diamonds, limited to 20 pieces, has a glossy black ceramic and white gold case with a matching black chain link bracelet. The right side of the Paradoxe Diamonds is offset with a section of sparkling baguette-cut diamonds.

Perhaps the most striking of the new J12 models is the J12 X-Ray, a 38mm skeleton timepiece imagined in sapphire crystal and 18 karat white gold. With only 12 available, the X-Ray features hours and minutes functions, a 55-hour power reserve, water resistance up to 30 meters, and 93 diamonds (one brilliant-cut and the rest baguette).



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