Chanel Advertises J12 Through iPad

Chanel is using the new iPad to market its latest diving luxury watch series, the J12 Marine. For those who have the free New York Times Editor’s Choice application for the iPad, the bottom of the page will now show a scrolling advertisement for the J12 Marine.

Screenshot of NY Times app featuring J12 ad

The campaign actually incorporates three unique different ads that scrolls across a banner on one’s iPad screen. The ad gives the option of launching a submarine-esque ninety second video as well.

Eric Litman, founder and chairman of advertising agency Medialets, hired by Chanel, says the company used HTML5 to create immersive experiences that are further enhanced when the user tilts the iPad or touches the in-app creative.”


J12 Marine 1
J12 Marine

The ad allows users to control the Chanel content they see by sliding down over the banner to observe the different J12 models from different angles. After the iPad user has viewed each of the three available models, the option to find a Chanel store locator is presented.


As Mobile Marketer online describes, “The ad features a barrage of aquatic imagery – highlighting the J12 Marines Series’ underwater capabilities – and renders the visual of Chanel watches coalescing as their parts burst forth from a hydrothermal ocean vent.”


The watches themselves are fitted with specially sand-blasted ceramic and steel on the case and clasp. There is a steel notched rotating bezel and a steel, screw-down crown with ceramic cabochon. The watch face is sapphire crystal, with blue anti-reflective coating on each side to ensure no glare. The dial shows a black lacquer with luminescent hands for better readability in the dark.


The J12 Marine is a self-winding, mechanical Swiss movement with a 42-hour power reserve, and is available in black, blue, and white.

The watch is further designed to withstand a descent up to 300 meters, or 984 feet.

Litman further explains that the advertisement for the J12 is being marketed through the iPad application because iPad users fall into about the same consumer demographic as Chanel buyers. “We’re seeing early adopters who want the best of the best, whether it be the latest and greatest jewelry accessory or the newest and most technologically advanced tablet computer,” said Mr. Litman on the matter.

This advertising method allows for luxury brand Chanel to maintain their aura of lavishness and comfort while adding to the appeal of the new and convenient Apple products being rapidly launched each year.

J12 in white
J12 in white

The purpose of the ad is really to get users to spend as much time exploring the interactive method as possible. These expansions in the advertising industry should be expected to increase in the near future, especially with luxury brands such as Chanel wanting to push hot new products, but wanting to keep the consumer interested and not annoyed.






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