Chanel looks to the stars with the new J12 Moonphase

Originally launched over a decade ago, Chanel has added a poetic moonphase complication to its iconic J12 watch.


With her love of all things astrological, Mademoiselle Chanel often incorporated stars, comets and the proud Leo lion - her star sign - into her jewels. To honour her affinity with all things astral, this autumn Chanel has reinterpreted these classic motifs in a typically chic way with the launch of a new collection of J12 watches presented with moonphase complications.

The new moonphase models come a decade after the release of the first J12. Designed by the brand's late artistic director, Jacques Helleu, the watch was originally launched as a small collection of timepieces in high-tech black and white ceramic, and Chanel has stayed true to its monochrome roots with the new J12 Moonphase.

The phases of the moon aren't visible through an aperture on the dial as they are on most moon-phase watches. Instead, a serpentine hand in polished steel points to the current phase of the moon on a deep-blue aventurine disc at 6 o'clock, surrounded by tiny stars. A central hand, tipped with a crescent moon, indicates the date.

Available in white and black ceramic, Chanel is also offering the J12 Moonphase with a diamond-set bezel and producing two further models in white gold and titanium ceramic, inlaid with 554 or 696 baguette-diamonds. Both are limited editions of 12 and 5 respectively.

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