If I had to decide which material best matches a poetic moon-phase complication, that would probably be this high-tech white ceramic. The shiny, night-sky blue indicator comes as the perfect addition to a gentle look of Chanel’s trademark material. Five hands smoothly circle an appealing opaline dial without disturbing the design simplicity of the model. New Chanel J12 Moonphase White Ceramic watch comes either with a polished ceramic bezel or with a diamond set bezel. Besides, Chanel also created two versions in black ceramic (one with diamond set), a luxurious gray titanium ceramic version, and finally, a high-end jewllery piece made of white gold and completely covered with baguette-cut diamonds.
Each Chanel J12 Moonphase Ceramic watch has a round case with the diameter of 38 mm. Its bezel is thinner than usual in order to ensure that a wide, highly readable dial will keep the perfect proportions, characteristic for the brand’s J12 Collection. A basic, white ceramic model features a date scale at the outer rim which gives the information in the conjunction with the central date hand tipped with the shape of a crescent moon. Furthermore, applied hour numerals form the circle with the moon-phase indicator at the 6 o’clock position, and finally, there is a central part, framed by the rail-way style seconds scale.
The highlight of the model is the indicator that shows different phases of the moon on the authentic way. Unlike classic moon phase timepieces that use rotating discs which display phases through apertures on their dials, the newest Chanel’s creation does it via a completely revealed deep-blue aventurine disc, with four main phases of the moon (new moon, first quarter, full moon and the last quarter). Decorated to mimic a summer’s night, full of stars, this display incorporates a little serpentine hand in polished steel that points to the correct phase of the moon. The final aesthetic touch comes with the combination of satin and “guilloché” finishes.
Besides its aesthetic value, this Chanel’s novelty is highly reliable and accurate. It is powered by a self-winding movement with the power-reserve of 42 hours and resistant to water pressure of up to 100 meters (330 feet). The ceramic case comes with a matching bracelet that incorporates a steel triple-folding buckle.
For those ladies who seek for more or much more luxury, Chanel has prepared several amazing jewllery pieces. Firstly, available both in white and black ceramic, there are two versions with bezels adorned with 54 diamonds, as well as with 63 precious stones on their guilloché dials, which is 1.76 carats in total.
The next level of luxury comes with a stunning gray ceramic titanium model which besides a diamond set on its bezel and dial, also features an impressive set on its lugs, case and white gold/ceramic bracelet, weighting 30.19 carats in total. This precious model is limited to just 12 pieces. Even more exclusive version produced in just 5 pieces is a white gold J12 watch, completely covered with diamonds, with the total weight of 42.45 carats.