Capturing the essence of the 1990s and its electronic dance scene, French watch manufacturer Chanel releases the J12 Electro Limited Edition watch with a stunning rainbow neon hour track and matching elements on its glossy bezel. The Chanel J12 Electro watch is available in a series of just 1255 produced worldwide and boasts an intense black ceramic material to ensure that each shade of the colourful spectrum pops against the dial.
The new Chanel Electro collection is both a sensory and graphic experience that transcends the sounds of the electronic music scene that ran throughout the 1990s. The artistic genre was considered a fully-fledged culture during this era. To truly encompass how electronic music extended outside the confines of the music world, Chanel grows its ever-evolving J12 watch collection – a family of timepieces popular for its universal appeal and its gender-neutral models. In this collection characterised by white or black ceramic – white is chosen for its ability to illuminate colour whilst black intensifies it.
The man behind Chanel’s watches, Arnaud Chastaingt, explains a little about how the concept behind the Electro watch was born;
I conceived this capsule collection like a performance program, inviting our classics, the J12, PREMIÈRE, CODE COCO and BOY·FRIEND, to perform side by side on this stage, drawing their inspiration from the codes of this world
Although the new Chanel J12 Electro Limited Edition model looks incredibly sleek on the wrist thanks to its dramatic black look, steel elements are also interwoven within the design. The frilled edging of the model’s bezel and the crown create contrast in tone, textures and shade. The limited edition watch has been manufactured in a series of just 1255 pieces worldwide and will resonate not only with Chanel enthusiasts and those partial to a colourful pop of colour on the wrist but also those whose youth was very much influenced by the vibrant clubbing scene of the 1990s.
The scratch-resistant ceramic casing of the new Chanel J12 Electro watch features a unidirectional rotating bezel that surrounds a black lacquered dial. As one of the hardest materials used in watch manufacture, ceramic promises a tough and wear-resistant alternative to other materials on the market. The material is developed by baking pre-formed pieces at high temperatures, which are then pressed into shape and cooled down. The case components are then milled and polished. Ceramic watches manufactured by Chanel are also lightweight and comfortable to wear, as well as hypoallergenic. Ceramic is known to keep its colour very well, so even when subject to ultraviolet rays, the sleek black tones of a Chanel watch like the new J12 Electro watch will retain its colour for years to come.
When the Paris-based watch manufacturer first released the J12 watch series it was inseparably linked to the name of Gabrielle Chanel Bonheur. Many of the watches from the collection boast indulgent finishes and a stunning selection of luxurious materials such as rose gold bezels, glistening diamond dot indexes and scintillating diamond-set bezels. The new J12 Electro watch goes without the addition of gemstones but what it lacks in precious stones it certainly makes up for in vivid colour. The dynamic model measures a case diameter of 38mm and has been integrated with 200-meter water resistance. Of course, this is where the bright neon indicators and features like the unidirectional rotating bezel come into use. The rotating bezel can measure elapsed time by aligning with the minute hand whilst the colourful indicators are highly visible in light-compromised environments. The partially skeletonised central hour hands, together with an inner minute track are protected underneath a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass lens treated with anti-reflective properties.
The Chanel J12 Electro watch features an arrow-tipped central second hand and features a discreet date aperture at 4:30. The hands are powered around the dial by an automatic movement – the Calibre 12.1, which derives from Tudor’s MT5600 family of movements and was produced by Kenissi – a movement maker that is co-owned by Chanel and Tudor. The self-winding movement is COSC-certified and produces an impressive 70-hour power reserve. It also beats at a rhythm of 28,800 vibrations per hour and is equipped with a free-sprung balance secured by a balance curved bridge.
The rainbow neon indicators in the dial and bezel of the new Chanel J12 Electro watch are undoubtedly the key features of this model inspired by the electro-pop music era. The watch secures comfortably to the wrist with a slick black polished ceramic bracelet with links that melt onto the shape of the wrist effortlessly. The bracelet secures with a triple folding clasp – the glossy black tones echoing the black ceramic cabochon adorned to the surface of the crown at 3 o’clock on the case. For more information on the Chanel J12 Electro watch or to secure one of the 1255 pieces for yourself, you can call Berry’s Jewellers today and speak to a member of our specialist watch team.