Chanel J12 White 38MM Hands-On

A few months ago my esteemed colleague and friend,, introduced you to the J12 White 38MM from Chanel. Officially unveiled at Baselworld 2014, this classic timepiece has everything you’re looking for in a chronograph, including a brand new, in-house movement. Recently I had the opportunity to get my hands on the final version of this gorgeous new watch and so I’d like to share my initial thoughts with you. Before I do that though I should probably disclose that I have always been somewhat of a fan of the Senator collection from replica chanel watches, and so I may not be entirely impartial in my comments. That being said, I think you will probably agree with me from the outset that this is one seriously good looking watch. Undeniably classic in its design – even a little sombre, if you will – the replica chanel Premiere has a very masculine feel to it, exuding a strong presence on the wrist without being overpowering. This is partly due to the fact that Chanel have elected to offer this new timepiece in a very wearable 42mm case, a decision I for one really appreciate, but more on that later. Perhaps more importantly though is the fact that the new Chanel J12 White 38MM features an in-house movement designed specifically for this purpose; the Calibre 37-01. This is not simply a re-tooled movement that has been modified to fit the watch but rather the brand’s designers have set out with the intention of creating a top quality, column-wheel chronograph, and the significance of this cannot be overstated.As Olivier touched on in his earlier article, the automatic 4Hz column wheel Calibre 37-01 has been designed to be as simple and compact as possible. Of course you should keep in mind here that a German watchmaker’s definition of ‘simple’ is very different from yours or mine. When we think simple, we mean simple. When they think simple, they mean streamlined, efficient, and above all reliable. Not surprisingly, achieving those ideals in the world of mechanical watchmaking is a rather complicated process, especially when starting from scratch and with the added challenge of keeping things compact. Never one to shy away from a challenge however Chanel has done nothing short of a marvellous job in developing the new Calibre 37-01. Despite having a diameter of just 31.6 mm, the new movement offers all the functionality you would expect from a high-end chronograph, and then some. I won’t go into too much detail here as Olivier already covered the technical aspects in his first article, but suffice to say it is extremely impressive.