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Lily-Rose Depp, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chanel’s J12 watch


How are you passing time? As we all stay home, in order to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, time—and how we choose to spend it—has never felt more of the essence than now. So it’s only fitting that Chanel celebrates the 20th anniversary of its iconic J12 watch.

Conceived in 2000, the luxury timepiece was first handcrafted in Switzerland, in a Chanel atelier, under the guidance of then artistic director, Jacques Helleu. In 2013, Arnaud Chastaingt resumed the role and, over a period of four years, revised the iconic timepiece to inject a sense of the new into the classic watch. As he told The New York Times in 2019: “My job wasn’t to revolutionise, Jacques had already done that… For me, it was more about evolution. In some ways, it is easier to start from scratch than retouch a creation like this.”

Now, two decades since its making, the J12 watch sits comfortably alongside, and is indeed one of, Chanel’s icons. Like the 2.55 classic flap bag, or Chanel’s No. 5 perfume, it is as innovative as it is classic, as modern as it is covetable and signifies the ultimate emblem of Parisian luxury. It also calls to mind the famous faces and friends of the house of Chanel like Keira Knightley, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer who have become synonymous with the brand.

So, to mark 20 years of the iconic timepiece, Campbell, Schiffer, Lily-Rose Depp, Ali MacGraw and Vanessa Paradis—each Chanel muses in their own respects—gathered in Chanel’s latest digital campaign to reflect on their last two decades in celebration of the J12’s milestone birthday.

It would be the most wonderful to spend 20 years with my loved ones, my family and friends. It’s a simple answer but it’s true,” muses Depp in the campaign. Growing up with her mother (and Chanel muse), Paradis, Depp further reflected in a press release for the campaign: “Chanel has to be [the] first word I learned to read. There are people in this team who have watched me grow up. I have absolute confidence in them and their counsel. They have always looked out for me in the most gracious, generous and warm way. I’m very lucky to have been acquainted with this brand starting at such a young age.

Schiffer, who also began working with the French luxury house as a young model, reflects: “The most wonderful 20 years with… would be with my family.” For Campbell, the time would be spent in Africa exclusively and as for Paradis? “The best thing would be to stay 20 for 20 years,” she says.


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Lily-Rose Depp, In Bloom: Hollywood’s Most Intriguing New Star Takes Charge

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« I’m going to say it right now—I’ve never been good at interviews,” Lily-Rose Depp announces a few minutes after we meet. “I’m shy in these situations, and I just get really nervous and stuff.

We’re at a café near her mother’s apartment in Paris, and Depp is sipping an espresso while gamely facing a series of questions from a stranger with a tape recorder. The advance word on the 20-year-old actress is that, shyness aside, she’s unfailingly well-mannered and likable—a reputation that she substantiates even before we meet when she calls my cell to ask if we can postpone our interview by a whopping half hour. (“I’m really sorry!”) Surely when your father is Johnny Depp and your mother is Vanessa Paradis, you’re aware that being 30 minutes late for an interview is not the end of the world. But she thanks me for being flexible and apologizes again.

As for the nervousness thing, any interviewer meeting Depp might wonder why she’s chosen to work in a field that sets her up for a lifetime of public scrutiny. As she sits on a banquette wearing scuffed white Reeboks and a plain cotton dress that only accentuates the pouty-lipped splendor of her face, Depp maintains a poised, friendly bearing and a direct gaze. But the handful of interviews she’s given so far have revealed basically nothing, aside from her belief in the importance of maintaining her privacy. When I begin with an innocuous question about where in L.A. she celebrated her recent birthday, her evasive answer (“At, like, my friend’s place or something”) makes her limits clear. After she relaxes a bit, Depp acknowledges that fame in general is something that gives her “a ton of anxiety.” So what led her to pick a career that invites even more of it? Since getting her first taste of acting a few years ago, she replies, she’s had no choice but to make it her life’s work. The only place where she’s truly free of self-consciousness is, in fact, a movie set, where she can be fully immersed in a character. “When I’m acting, I’m not thinking about myself,” she says. “Because I’m not there. You know?

Whatever her strategy, it seems to be working. After starting out with a couple of minor roles in smallish films, she’s now showing an impressive capacity for both depth and range. In Louis Garrel’s love-triangle drama A Faithful Man, released in the U.S. this summer, she takes what could have been a crazed-stalker character and delivers a complex ­portrait of a young woman discovering her emotional and sexual power. Next year, in Nicholas Jarecki’s gritty drug-cartel thriller Dreamland, she plays a ravaged addict whose brother (Armie Hammer) traffics in ­opioids. And in Netflix’s big-ticket historical drama The King, due out later this year, she stars alongside Timothée Chalamet and Robert Pattinson, playing the strong-willed princess Catherine de Valois.

Although Depp went to school in L.A. and fills her conversation with breezy California slang (her favorite activity when not working: “­rolling super-deep with my friends”), she’s still something of a mystery to American audiences, a silent sphinx known mainly as a model. For that she credits her paparazzi-magnet parents, who split in 2012 but remained determined “to keep my brother and me as much out of the spotlight as they could,” Depp says. “Now, I’m choosing to do this job, and I know what comes with it. But when you’re younger, you don’t get to choose.” Even when she discusses her fashion gigs—she launched her career with a Chanel eyewear campaign at age 16—Depp can still sound like a starstruck newcomer. Recalling her first day on the set of her shoot for the fragrance N°5 L’Eau campaign, she says, “That whole day is like a blur of dreaminess.

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