Paradox of choice: Chanel J12 Paradoxe

Chanel's J12 Paradoxe watch is an alluring combination of black and white

Watches & Jewellery 8 Apr 2020

Chanel J12 Paradoxe

Chanel may have moved from fashion house that dabbled in watchmaking to serious haute horlogerie, but the iconic stylistic references of the house are still visible in its timepiece designs.

First launched in 2000 in black, then in white in 2013, 20 years after its initial creation, the Chanel J12 watch has just been revealed in a striking new black and white design.

The unique aesthetic of the watch is the result of a highly technical feat accomplished by cutting and fusing two ceramic cases of different dimensions – one white and the other black – to form one casing.

Achieving this with scratch-resistant ceramic is a complex operation, however the Chanel Manufacture in Switzerland has mastered this technique using its expertise to accomplish a perfect cut without breaking the material. Once cut, the two parts are assembled on a metallic support into which the sapphire caseback is set ­– a meticulous mission conceived especially for the J12 Paradoxe – requiring the fashioning of the dial and the bezel.

The dial is almost completely covered in white, juxtaposed by a bold stroke of black on its right side. Using tampography, the ring of the bezel is rendered in two-tone, with restrained black erased to create the perfect alignment with the convergence line of the white ceramic bracelet.