With its J12 Chromatic line, Chanel made the next step in the evolution of high resistant watches. After it had reached the worldwide respect with its signature high-tech ceramic in white and black, Chanel invented a new ‘chromatic’ color, by implementing a high-tech 21st-century material, titanium ceramic, treated with innovative polishing techniques.
Those who plan to buy a watch as a long term investment could not be completely satisfied with just an exceptional, timeless design and an extra-quality movement inside. They need strong guarantees that a watch will keep the same beauty for decades. When they come to Chanel’s ceramic, they can be pretty sure that not many watches have greater durability. That is why more and more high-end watchmakers experiment with ceramic, crafting entire watches or at least some components from this extremely tough material. (Explore Panerai’s 2011 collection).
By offering a skillful blend of its classic ceramic and titanium that are together highly polished to create powerful reflections, emitting permanently changing sparkling points of light, Chanel has entered the unexplored world of amazing materials. Special polishing techniques that are exclusively applied on this material are inspired by processes using diamond powder, first developed for sapphires. With the new Chromatic line, the prestigious French watchmaker reinvented the classic J12 watches, giving them more fashionable and more desirable look which classifies these pieces among inevitable fashion items.
Monolith gray color of titanium ceramic, with its rich universe of shades got the nice metallic look, while keeping the same toughness and durability. The renowned J12 design code was not changed at all, but the size of the case is original. Although the 42 mm case of the classic J12 timepiece seems perfect to me, the slightly smaller diameter of 41 mm barely changes the amazing visual impression. Besides, Chanel J12 Chromatic Automatic is also available in 38 mm case, while a quartz version comes with feminine 33 mm case.
A unidirectional rotating bezel with beautiful satin finishes and the engraved minute scale adds a little bit of sportiveness to the intriguing elegance of the watch. Considering the fact that it has superb water-resistance up to 200 meters (660 feet), a highly readable dial and a screw-down crown, this watch can be pretty functional during diving activities.
The grey dial represents true masterpiece of Chanel’s craftsmen. By devoting special attention to every single detail, they nicely combined a vertical satin finish of the metal center with the circular guilloche motif at the edges that are beautified with rhodium-plated mirror-polished numerals and hands. The aesthetic perfection is rounded with a beautifully polished, triple link bracelet, also made of titanium ceramic.
Inside the case, there is a high-quality Swiss self-winding mechanism and even if I tried harder to detect some failings on this timepiece, it is more likely that I would fall even more deeply in love with it.