Everything has always been about seconds for a House created by a woman who knew how to follow her instincts. The instinct of the moment when everything is decided.

Whether it is the longest second of a lifetime on the day of an important decision, or preparing a soft-boiled egg with perfect culinary precision, catching an airplane or missing a taxi, our existence is a succession of milestones that are of no coincidence.

The New J12 – Vanessa Paradis is the watch for these milestones, and the perfect accompaniment for every second. In this campaign for the most iconic CHANEL watch, nine iconic women share their personal experiences about a second that changed their lives.

Everything is a story of seconds for a woman who is in touch with her life and with this intimate timepiece that can shape destiny in a few seconds. The new J12 is the watch for this woman.


“A decisive second is when you fall in love.”

Vanessa Paradis was only 14 when she made her sensational debut in the world of music with her single Joe le Taxi which topped the charts in 1987.

This was the start of a rich musical career consisting of seven albums (M et J, Variations sur le même t’aime, Vanessa Paradis, Bliss, Divine idylle, Love Songs, Les sources), countless Victoires de la Musique awards, and a series of equally impressive and inspiring collaborations.

Etienne Roda-Gil, Serge Gainsbourg, Lenny Kravitz, Alain Bashung, Matthieu Chedid, Benjamin Biolay and Samuel Benchetrit have all left their mark on this artist’s career.

In addition to music, Vanessa Paradis also maintains strong ties with the world of cinema. For her first film role in 1989, she portrayed a vulnerable teen in love with one of her teachers in Noce Blanche, directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau.

Her captivating performance received many accolades, including the Romy Schneider Award, as well as the César Award for Most Promising Actress. Co-starring with Gérard Depardieu, she played a young woman in search of her father in Élisa, then starred in Un amour de sorcière, with Jeanne Moreau, to whom she paid a beautiful tribute by performing Le tourbillon de la vie during the opening ceremony of the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

She then had two unforgettable roles in films directed by Patrice Leconte: Une chance sur deux, in which she brilliantly co-stars with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon in their return to the big screen, and La fille sur le pont co-starring with Daniel Auteuil, which won her a nomination for the César Award for Best Actress in 2000.

She also achieved great popular success with L’Arnacoeur, and in recent years, has starred in many “auteur cinema” films, including projects by John Turturro (Apprenti gigolo), Guillaume Gallienne (Maryline), Sharunas Bartas (Frost), Samuel Benchetrit (Chien), and of course, Yann Gonzalez with the vibrant Un couteau dans le cœur, which, in May of 2018, was recognized by her first selection to compete at the Cannes Film Festival.

The New J12 - Vanessa Paradis

In 1991, she became the face of Coco perfume in an advertisement shot by Jean-Paul Goude, in which she swung from a trapeze in a spectacular 15-meter tall bird cage. Throughout the years, Vanessa Paradis has created a strong bond and demonstrated sincere dedication to CHANEL and Karl Lagerfeld, who photographed her for the project The Little Black Jacket.

Vanessa Paradis has also been the face of the Cambon, New Mademoiselle, Coco Cocoon and Girl handbags, as well as the Rouge Coco and Rouge Coco Shine lipstick ranges. She is a muse unlike any other.