Twenty years prior Chanel dispatched the J12, a luxury sports watch decked out in cutting edge ceramic with staggering allure and a heavenly direction. The main unisex watch created in smooth dark ceramic, the J12 has been returned to in Haute Horlogerie complications and spruced up in Haute Joaillerie clothing while never losing its dynamic character. Effectively viewed as a symbol of the 21st century, the Chanel J12 returns for its commemoration – and only in front of Baselworld 2020 – in these emotional two-tone models and a bewildering X-ray adaptation with a sapphire case and bracelet – a world-first!
First Unisex Ceramic Watch
Jacques Hellu, the creative chief at Chanel for a long time, needed to plan a watch for himself. He needed something immortal, gleaming, dark and indestructible that would in any case mirror the stylish and luxurious atmosphere of the brand. Dispatched in 2000, Hellu’s watch was named after the J12, a class of hustling yachts partaking in the America’s Cup famous for their smooth profile and speed. With 200m water-obstruction, an energetic indented plunge bezel and a smooth innovative dark fired bracelet and case, the J12 cruised straight into the spotlight. The J12 was a triumphant mix of ladylike and manly components, a sex drinking spree of sorts. This is not really astounding when you consider Gabrielle Chanel’s affinity for mixing comfortable, relaxed articles of clothing from men’s closets (pullovers, loose pants) with female touches.
J12 Paradoxe and J12 Paradoxe Diamonds
Black and white are key tones in the J12 range and clay is the material everyone partners with this assortment. For 2020, the J12 mixes high contrast yet breaks with regular translations of a two-tone watch. The J12 Paradoxe is really in a class all its own with its provocative case that is 66% white artistic and 33% black.
The combination of two distinctive shading pottery on one case is extremely complex and was embraced by G&F Chatelain, a specific Swiss case producer claimed by Chanel since 1993. The two segments of fired are secured to an internal edge by methods for two screws (obvious on caseback). The development is additionally positioned inside the casing. The dial sticks to this same pattern with an overwhelming region of white enamel and a more modest zone of dark polish on the correct side. The indented steel bezel required another treatment and was first cushion printed (tampography) dark and then white to accomplish the two-tone effect.
The J12 Paradoxe Diamonds follows a similar offbeat appropriation however with a luxurious curve: the correct part of the watch is set with loaf cut precious stones appearing differently in relation to the smooth dark clay of the left half of the case and the dark lacquered dial. More luxurious than the less difficult ceramic form, the inward case is made of 18k white gold and then 66% of its surface shrouded in dark ceramic. The jewels set in the hauls, the crown watches, the bezel, the spine and the dial are largely dazzling loaf cut precious stones, presumably the most manly cut for jewels – not failing to remember the shortened precious stone in the crown. The J12 Paradoxe Diamond is a restricted version of 20 pieces.
Both models share a similar 38mm breadth and programmed Caliber 12.1 created by Kenissi, the development creator possessed (20%) by Chanel and Tudor. Presented inside J12 models in 2019 (which won the GPHG 2019 Ladies’ Watch Prize), the type 12.1 replaces the past ETA 2892. In addition to the fact that it is very much completed, yet it additionally has COSC chronometer certification.
Quick facts: 38mm breadth x 10.7mm tallness – J12 Paradoxeblack and white artistic. J12 Paradoxe Diamonds dark ceramic, white gold set with precious stones (4.5 carats) – 50m water-opposition – programmed type 12.1 – 28,000vph – 70h force save – COSC-guaranteed – J12 Paradoxe ref. H6515 USD 7,150 – J12 Paradoxe Diamonds ref. H6500, restricted to 20 pieces, USD 192,600
J12 X-Ray sapphire to the bones
We’ve seen a lot of sapphire cases before, yet we’ve never seen a sapphire bracelet appended to a sapphire case. Chanel brings home a world-first for making a full-sapphire precious stone model, and with a skeletonised development for sure, like the one we saw inside the Boy-Friend Squelette in 2018 .
Machined from a solitary square of sapphire precious stone, the case size is as yet 38mm and highlights a white gold bezel set with loaf cut jewels. The sapphire dial additionally includes loaf cut precious stone hour markers, the exemplary inside railroad-style minutes track, and hands dressed in white gold.
Just beneath the files and moment track you can see the manual-winding type 3.1. The skeletonised development shows extraordinary balance and balance and is mystically suspended in mid-air by sapphire scaffolds. Orchestrated vertically, the barrel is arranged at 12 o’clock and the escapement at 6 o’clock.
However, what genuinely separates this watch is the undetectable bracelet. Composed of sapphire connections that are held together with white gold pins and screws, the bracelet denotes an achievement in watchmaking.
Quick facts: 38mm x 10.7mm – sapphire precious stone case and bracelet – white gold bezel set with roll cut jewels – 30m water-opposition – manual-winding type 3.1 – 28,800vph – 50h force hold – J12 X-Ray ref. H6249, restricted to 12 pieces, USD 626,000
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