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Chanel Debuts The World’s First Fully Two-Tone Ceramic Watch With The J12 Paradoxe

Chanel Debuts The World’s First Fully Two-Tone Ceramic Watch With The J12 Paradoxe Watch Releases

Chanel has long been a pioneer in the use of ceramics in watchmaking, helping to spark the ceramic watch trend itself with the release of the original J12 in 2000. Over the past two decades, as ceramics have increasingly become a go-to material for luxury timepieces, the atelier has continued to innovate in the field, and for 2020 it has made another giant leap with the now iconic J12 platform. The Chanel J12 Paradoxe, announced this week by the brand, is the first ever watch to feature a fully ceramic case rendered in two separate colors — in this case, starkly brilliant black and white. There’s no denying this is a major technical achievement, especially at a time when other high profile brands are still working on developing two tone ceramic bezels, let alone cases, but there’s more to the J12 Paradoxe than just the colors.

Chanel Debuts The World’s First Fully Two-Tone Ceramic Watch With The J12 Paradoxe Watch Releases

Naturally, the 38mm ceramic case is the Chanel J12 Paradoxe’s greatest novelty. The uneven black and white split, meant to hide undetected beneath a cuff or sleeve during daily wear, is immediately visually arresting if for no other reason than sheer contrast. It feels punchy, confident, almost “pop art” in its execution, but how was this effect achieved? Behind the scenes, the process seems simple. What appears to be one solid case begins as two separate cases, cut apart and then fused together around a metal sub-case frame. However, with modern scratch resistant ceramics, cutting cleanly through something as complex as a watch case is no mean feat, and Chanel has dedicated significant time and effort into perfecting this delicate process. The fixed bezel insert mirrors this two-tone approach, but instead of using the same fusion method Chanel instead colors each bezel completely black and then adds the white segment using tampography. The combined effect is striking, but with a joined multi-part case design such as this water resistance is understandably low at 50 meters.

Chanel Debuts The World’s First Fully Two-Tone Ceramic Watch With The J12 Paradoxe Watch Releases

The lacquered dial of the Chanel J12 Paradoxe mimics the cases split tone design, adapting the J12’s standard central railroad seconds track and applied Arabic numerals to the new design with careful attention to detail. The separation between colors flows smoothly between case, bezel and dial in perfect alignment, while the 3 o’clock applied numeral is rendered in an inverse white to contrast against the black of its dial segment and the other numerals. Perhaps the only gripe with this bold off center design is the date window at 4:30, which slightly spoils the visual balance at play. A no-date version, while unlikely, would be excellent.

Chanel Debuts The World’s First Fully Two-Tone Ceramic Watch With The J12 Paradoxe Watch Releases

The J12 Paradoxe is powered by Chanel’s own Caliber 12.1 automatic movement, visible through a display caseback. The movement is COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy and features an impressive 70 hour power reserve as well. As might befit a Chanel product, the movement is elegantly if sparsely decorated, with snailing around the outer edges, mirror polished bevels, and the unique tungsten Chanel winding rotor with its wide and dramatic circular cutout.

Chanel Debuts The World’s First Fully Two-Tone Ceramic Watch With The J12 Paradoxe Watch Releases

While the case and dial of the J12 Paradoxe are split between black and white tones, the bracelet here sits entirely on the white side of the line. This oyster style ceramic bracelet may be familiar to fans of the brand, but the tight tolerances and almost liquid gloss finish remain visually impressive along with the signed butterfly clasp.

As the Chanel J12 enters its third decade of production, it’s clear that the brand has no intentions of resting on its laurels. This innovative new take on the contemporary classic may be an opening salvo in an entirely new and bolder generation of ceramic timepieces, but as a standalone product the watch is no less striking. The J12 Paradoxe is slated to officially debut at Baselworld 2020, and will be priced at $7,150. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.

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  • SuperStrapper

    White cream c will just never look luxurious when glossy, the plasticy appearance just gets more and more prevalent. Chrome/silver ceramic is pretty neat, when glossy is looks like liquid metal and Chanel should replace white with that.

    • Ugo

      i still consider rado’s hyperchrome line pretty neat…

  • DanW94

    Looks ridiculous. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    “Fully ceramic case rendered in two separate colours ” Big whoop, wanna fight about it. This just looks silly like it’s been dipped in black paint. Dreadful design. Sack someone.

  • wejpasadena

    It’s tough to come up with something new and exciting and get people to pay $7K for it.

  • SPQR

    Omega already did a two colour black and white ceramic bezel for the Planet Ocean GMT released in 2016. The bezel is a single piece of ceramic in two different colours so there is no need to chemically alter a single colour ceramic bezel into a two colour bezel for example from blue to black and blue or blue to red and blue. Therefore, although this J2 seems to be getting hyped as ground breaking it is not as novel as it first appears. Admittedly Omega have not yet produced a watch case from a single piece of ceramic in two colours but it would appear that Chanel have not done so either but have instead put two separate parts made from different colours of ceramic together. As a wise man said – “just because you could it does not mean you should”.

  • Alex A

    I need a wrist shot

  • aWtchslvr

    i can wear a Cartier, a Chopard, a Bulgari…but a Chanel …c´mon.

    • Independent_George

      Since they are marketing this watch to women, I don’t think they care if you would wear this or not.

      • aWtchslvr

        The feminine shadow of Chanel is too long. I think it’s not going to be easy for them to change this. As you know they have released some mens watch. I would like to know how many they have sold. I am sure I am not the only one with this opinion.
        In an old post I said I would not buy a watch with the word Porsche written on the dial… I keep my opinion.
        However Montblanc has got to overcome this.

        • Independent_George

          I wouldn’t not wear the J12, but I would totally wear their white gold Jumping Hour watch.

          • aWtchslvr

            Gorgeous watch. Better without the logo. I can’t help it.

          • egznyc

            Black dial, certainly looks good to me.

          • egznyc

            Black dial, certainly looks good to me.

      • aWtchslvr

        Monochrome Watches suggests that this model is unisex.
        In case you are interested;
        https://monochrome-watches.com/chanel-j12-paradoxe-and-j12-x-ray-watches-introducing-price/

    • Akshat Nautiyal

      did u actually put cartier in line with these other brands? its not just a jewellery brand u know its an haute horlogerie too

      • aWtchslvr

        Cartier, Chopard and Bulgari make, the three of them, haute horlogerie.
        Which is the “hautest”? I don´t know.

  • Jared

    i feel if it was split down the middle like a black and white cookie it’d be ok, this 80/20 split just looks stupid

    • Caroline Song

      I like it better like this. I think if it were split down the middle, it would look weird.

  • The way this will look when the bezel rotates can send someone with OCD into shock.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    I like the J12 line and thought about buying a matching pair for Mrs PBJ and myself. This is an interesting watch, but I feel the colors are off. If the color proportions were reversed, or simply had a white stripe in the center of a black case and running through the center links of the black bracelet ? Not sure.
    The J12 is still on my contemplation list……. one color.

    • Independent_George

      A black for you and a white for her would work very well.

      But if I were in the market for his/her watches I would go with the Omega Constellations.

      • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

        You are correct, the “his & hers” would be black/white.
        Mrs. PBJ already has a Constellation with a Super nova pattern diamond dial – Stunning!
        I also like the Connie’s and have looked at them for myself.

  • Caroline Song

    Finally a J12 with an exhibition caseback! I’m glad I didn’t buy a J12 before this!

  • Carmen Brisante

    I think I would find the colour split perpetually irritating. The display caseback doesn’t seem worth it.

  • What fresh hell is this?

    “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could…”

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Group discount! sounds great.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Now it just looks like black and white plastic rather just black or just white plastic.

  • Gokart Mozart
    • Katnip Everlean

      that applies to every watch brand ever– what’s the fun in that?

  • Gokart Mozart

    With the watch in the bag.

  • Jon Heinz

    And from outta nowhere… The regular monotone versions were hot for a minute back in the early aughts if I remember right. Not my cuppa, but I give credit for a nice in-house movement where I see one, so bravo for that. It’s clean.

  • Cavallo Pazzo

    C’mon, you MUST paint the 2 and 4… c’mon…

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