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The Chanel J12 38MM Hands-on

The is an White in case alone. Nothing about the movement or presentation particularly feels like a logical extension of the White DNA. Something like this would make much more sense being in a Romulus collection. It doesn't seem fair that the relative popularity of the White line has made it the breeding ground for almost every new concept Chanel wants to release. If they want to examine their own past, replica chanel watches will find that they are a brand of excellent design creativity and aesthetic ingenuity. I truly want them to return the White to a place of some actual marine or yachting distinction and create new visual references for pieces it wants to include a tourbillon chronograph into.

I've never really been a fan of watches with aluminum cases because of their fragility. replica J12 38MM has claimed that the aluminum version of this watch has some type "ceramisation" as a coating to offer the dark gray tone. Is that supposed to mean there is some type of ceramic coating on the case to make it strong? I am not sure and that is not exactly what they say. Though I can say I am further not a huge fan of matte finished gray surfaces either for watch cases. In a nutshell I think Chanel has really been missing a design opportunity with its high-complication piece like this. Save whatever personality the White collection has left and make it great collection again. When it comes to tourbillons or use of novel materials and manufacturing practices, perhaps designing a new collection is a better idea than coming up with names like "Seafender" that I am sure most will argue don't have any business being paired with a tourbillon to begin with. Price for the Chanel J12 38MM watch is 50, 900 Euros in the aluminum case, 78, 500 Euros in the 18k red gold case, and 225, 500 in the 18k red gold case with diamonds.

Another really good part of the movement is the depth. Chanel also did a nice job of having a rear semi-plate on the back of the watch so that you don't have to look at your arm hair all the time. There is just one open strip under the movement. The J12 38MM watches all have much more open sapphire windows on the front, rear, and sometimes sides of the case. Good for ladies more than men (at least ladies without that much arm hair). Chanel has your wrists "covered" with the J12 Black 38MM collection.

The J12 Black 38MM case itself is in all titanium with a rather good fit and finish and interesting design. It has an industrial looking appeal given the long unbroken lines and brushed surfaces. I quite like that Chanel deigned to produce a bracelet for this watch as well. This really enhances the overall presentation of the watch a lot in my opinion. Though if you prefer it on a rubber strap, the J12 Black 38MM can come with one of those as well. Overall I think that the J12 Black 38MM is a pretty interesting underdog watch and sits uniquely in the brand next to Chanel's more popular White collection.