Chanel launches pint-sized flair for the wrist, forearm and, yes, the finger.
Tiny might not be the right word, but Chanel has reinvented its iconic J12 watch in a new line of pint-sized prizes that span a refined 19mm and give the distinctive J12 looks completely fresh appeal.
The J12 launched in 2000 as the brand’s first unisex watch and stood out thanks to a high-tech non-scratch ceramic case in black or white. It’s has come in various sizes and iterations since – tourbillons to diamond-dusted, some even on NATO straps – but none have been as cute as the models in the new XS range.
Powered by a quartz movement, they’re not only petite but come in configurations – strapped or cuff watches in matt and patent calfskin, the latter larded with 158 brilliant-cut and five baguette diamonds should you wish.
Also in the collection is a high jewellery onyx-dialled ring watch – yes, a timepiece for your pampered finger.
In addition to these, and reflecting the brand’s fashion roots, there are also J12-XS Lesage one-off pieces featuring hand embroidery on the cuffs teemed with sequins, glass beads, and baguette-cut diamonds, and a range of fingerless lambskin J12-X Gloves paying homage to Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld.
It’s haute couture for the forearm, and just as with the original J12, sure to set a trend.
Our take on the J12XS: a must-have and we love a watch that punches its weight with such flair.
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