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New timepieces: 7 fresh movements from the world of haute horology

Rather than focusing SIHH or Basel, watch brands are releasing new models throughout the year.

  • Chanel J12

    1. CHANEL - J12

    The “first watch icon of the 21st century” got a facelift and a new automatic movement for its 20th birthday this year. While the case – now in all-ceramic with the steel case-back discarded – remains at 38mm wide, the opening of the new J12’s lacquered dial has been enlarged slightly to give it a bigger face. But the numerals on it are slimmed down – and now also in ceramic – while the inner railway track stands out more than before. The bezel notches are increased from 30 to 40, while the crown’s height is one third lower. To accommodate the new movement made by Geneva-based Kenissi, which Chanel has a 20 per cent stake in, the case has been slightly raised. The new J12 comes in a black and a white model (S$8150 and S$10,000 with diamond indices).

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This article was originally published in The Business Times.