Chanel created a J12 model in white ceramic equipped with
an automatic chronograph movement, especially for Only Watch.
With a case measuring 41 mm, the bezel is set entirely with
baguette-cut diamonds and pink sapphires. Twelve baguette-cut
diamonds act as the markers on the dial, while the crown and
push-pieces are set with pink sapphires.
High-Tech ceramic Expertise
From the design phase to the final assembly process, the
Chanel teams conceive, shape, mold, polish, assemble and fit
all of the necessary watch parts, including some of the components
required by the mechanical movements that are housed in the
famous high-tech ceramic J12 watchcases. Borrowed from cutting-edge
technology, ceramic is the only material capable of resisting
the effects of time and light for optimal wearer comfort.
The production of high-tech ceramic requires a demanding level
of expertise that unites the four elements: earth, air, water
and fire. Earth, as natural materials are combined to form
the exclusive “powder” that is mixed to produce high-tech
ceramic. Water is used for binding, forming and filtering
these natural components. Air is necessary for drying and
giving the components form and structure. While fire is used
for amalgamating these components and giving them their inalterable
resistance and beauty, both of which are responsible for the
reputation that is enjoyed by the J12 Collection today.
This chain of events would not be complete without the metal
used to sculpt, pierce, grind and enhance the high-tech ceramic,
or without the secrets behind the polishing process. These
production processes – which are guarded in the strictest
of confidence to protect the exclusivity of Chanel watches
– are unique in Switzerland and, most probably, in the entire
A passion for precious stones
To adorn the famous black or white ceramic J12 watches with
precious stones – diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires
– Chanel's master watchmakers called on its master jewelers.
Chanel has chosen baguette-cut gem quality pink sapphires
as they are the symbol of peace, serenity, purity, and baguette-cut
diamonds as Gabrielle Chanel said, “If I have chosen the diamond,
it's because it represents the greatest value for the smallest
volume.” A prestigious jeweler and watchmaker, Chanel combines
boldness, watchmaking expertise and high jewelry mastery to