It’s hard to imagine the impact that Chanel’s J12 had when it was unveiled in 2000. Looking like nothing that had ever been released before (it was the first all-ceramic watch by a fashion house), it came in a gleaming black so pure, you could lose yourself in it. I remember stopping dead in my tracks when I first set eyes on it as it lay serenely in the store’s vitrine. In all honesty, I found myself having to take a moment to reflect on whether I “approved” of the design. But once I did, oh boy, did the verdict stand.
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