Chanel has always been synonymous with extravagance and luxury and the J12 is no exception. Released in 1999, the J12 was also Chanel’s first unisex watch, combining feminine touches and details with a fresh and masculine theme. The Chanel collection is largely known for the white ceramic Chanel J12 and the black ceramic Chanel J12, both featuring 33mm high-gloss ceramic cases and quartz movements.
Next, they presented a larger size to better suit men and the emerging over-sized watch trend, offering 38mm, 41mm and 42mm cases. Jeweled models with diamond bezels, hour markers, dials, cases and straps offer a variation of design and diamond placement. Precious metal trims, such as gold, pink gold and silver, are combined with the diamond variations to create a wide range of options.
Marine, chronograph and GMT models are also available. The new Chromatic J12 model utilizes a new Titanium ceramic coating creating a scratch-resistant material that offers a unique luster and is combined with Rhodium-plated and mirror-polished numerals and hands.
While luxury watch makers keep releasing bigger and more massive watches, Chanel marked the 10th anniversary of the J12 by releasing the smallest J12 yet. The “nano format” of the J12 has a 29mm case that keeps with the same design and ceramic build of the original J12 but offers a more subdued look.
The Chanel J12 has been seen on the wrist of many female celebrities including Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kournikova, and Blake Lively confirming the impact the J12 has had on pop culture.