Published June 7, 2011
Chanel’s ubiquitous J12 watch has made the rounds on practically every wrist of the fashion, celebrity, and even political circuits (Hillary Clinton’s a fan; she has worn a white ceramic version). First introduced by the late artistic director Jacques Helleu—who also handpicked the faces of the house’s campaigns from Catherine Deneuve to Keira Knightley—the J12 initially came in classically understated iterations of black and white. Now, the iconic timepiece has undergone a futuristic makeover in a light-transforming gray—thus the new handle “Chromatic”—with its special ceramic-titanium body and diamond-powder finish. Chanel just brought time into the two-thousand-and-teens.