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WatchPro Ladies Watches of the Year Highly Commended: Chanel J12 20th Anniversary

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Without doubt one of the most iconic female watch designs of the last two decades, Chanel relaunched its beloved J12 this year to mark the model’s 20th anniversary.

Somewhat predictably, the new version looks and feels almost exactly like the previous one.

When you’ve got a winning design on your hands, it pays not to mess around with it too much.

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The 38mm case, rated water resistant to 200m, is in polished ceramic and is worn on a matching (removable) ceramic link bracelet with triple-folding clasp.

A lacquered dial displays the time in three-hand format, with the date shown via an aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock. What has changed, and quite significantly, is the mechanical movement inside.

Whilst the J12 used to run on a fairly standard ETA 2892, it now boasts its own proprietary movement, the Swiss-made caliber 12.1, visible through the sapphire caseback. COSC-certified as a chronometer, this self-winding movement offers an impressive 70-hour power reserve.

Nearly double that of its predecessors.

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