Chanel Replica has long been a pioneer in using ceramics in watchmaking, helping spark the porcelain watch tendency itself with the launch of their first J12 at 2000. The Chanel J12 Paradoxe, announced this week from the new, is the first watch to feature a totally ceramic instance left in two individual colors — in this scenario, starkly vivid white and black. There is no denying that this is a significant technical achievement, particularly at a time when other high profile manufacturers are working on creating two dimensional porcelain bezels, let alone instances, but there is more to this J12 Paradoxe than only the colours.
Obviously, the 38mm ceramic instance is your Chanel J12 Paradoxe’s highest novelty. The jagged white and black divide, designed to hide undetected under a barbell or sleeve through daily wear, is instantly visually arresting if for no other reason than absolute contrast. What seems to be one strong case starts as two individual circumstances, cut apart and then fused together around a metallic sub-case frame. But with contemporary scratch resistant ceramics, cutting through something as complicated as a watch case isn’t a mean feat, also Grade Chanel J12 GMT Replica has committed considerable time and effort in refining this delicate procedure. The adjusted bezel insert mirrors this two-tone strategy, but rather than utilizing the exact same fusion method Chanel rather colors every bezel entirely black then adds the white section utilizing tampography. The joint result is striking, however using a combined multi-part case layout like this water immunity is low at 50 meters.
The lacquered dial of this Chanel J12 Paradoxe imitates the instances split design, adapting the J12’s standard central railroad minutes track and implemented Arabic numerals into the new layout with careful attention to detail. The split between colours flows easily between instance, bezel and dial in excellent alignment, whereas the 3 o’clock applied numeral is left in a reverse white to contrast against the dark of its own dial section along with another numerals. Perhaps the only complaint with this daring off centre design is that the date window at 4:30, which slightly spoils the visual equilibrium at play. A no-date edition, although unlikely, would be outstanding.