Probably the maison’s most legendary ceramic watch since it was launched in 2000, The Chanel J12 needs no introduction. To commemorate it’s 20th anniversary, the iconic timepiece undergoes another iteration, and this time, as the J12 X-Ray – a rendition of the original in a strikingly see-through sapphire.
Appropriately dubbed the ‘X-Ray’, the new J12 is 100% transparent – including its case, link-cuff bracelet and movement – allowing the watchmaking mastery to be on full view and nothing to be imagined.
Transparency aside, the J12 X-Ray also comes with a new movement that has been designed and assembled by the Chanel Manufacture of Switzerland, the Calibre 3.1, which is also designed to be see-through. The dial is cast in sapphire and is set with baguette-cut diamond indicators perfectly balanced to give the illusion of 12 stones in suspension, with matching baguette-cut diamond pave bezel weighing over 5 carats in total, and a cabochon diamond topping the crown.
The first of its kind, the J12 X-Ray is the only watch created entirely transparent, minimalistic and bares it all. Limited to only 12 pieces, the collector’s item initiates a new era in the history of colour. The Chanel J12 X-Ray will be available for viewing at Baselworld 2020.
Chanel J12 X-Ray
Material: Sapphire weith white gold bezel
Water resistance: 30m
Movement: Calibre 3.1
Functions: Hours and minutes
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4Hz)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Strap: Sapphire bracelet
Limited edition: 12 pieces
Availability: To be announced
This story first appeared on Prestige Online Hong Kong.