The beauty of an automatic, or self-winding, watch is in the symbiotic relationship it creates with the wearer. As opposed to a manual watch, which requires the mainspring to be wound with a dial, the self-winding watch uses the natural movements and rhythm of the wearer to provide energy to the mainspring. Should you be looking to invest in an early holiday gift, consider Chanel's new offering.
The Chanel J12 Caliber 12.2 33mm watch is the first of its size in the line to have this automatic movement, designed exclusively for the maison by Swiss manufacturer Kenissi, of which Chanel has acquired a 20 percent stake. The new automatic caliber is certified by the COSC, or Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute which assures accuracy and precision in Swiss watches.
This new iteration of the J12, available in either a bold black or stark white, follows in a prestigious line. The watches were initially inspired by the silhouettes of racing yachts from the America's Cup. They are made with highly durable ceramic four times harder than steel, making them a worthy daily companion and suitable for any adventure.
The J12 Caliber 12.1 won in the Ladies category at the 2019 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. The timepiece aims to continue in this legacy of excellence. It boasts a 50-hour power reserve and a five-year warranty with purchase. The movement of the watch is visible through the backside, embellished with a sapphire crystal, and 27 crystals in total.
Only 555 pieces of this limited edition watch are being made and it retails for $11,500.