Chanel J12 Chromatic HB-SIA Watch

This is a watch that I could really see myself wanting - even though it has a carbon fiber dial that I tend to not always enjoy (though I did like it on my Tissot T-Touch Expert). Yes, this has been a month of many replica Chanel J12 watches, but they have had some interesting releases so they merit the attention. This is probably my favorite. I've often looked at the classic Chanel J12 Chromatic Moon Watch and thought, "yes it is cool, but I'd really like a modern version." Yes, it is true that my sentiment defeats the point of the "Moon Watch heritage," but I didn't really want to have a manually wound watch with a Hesalite (plastic) crystal to deal with. My collection might very well include a replica Chanel J12 Chromatic Watch in the future, but it would be for historic kicks, not cause I'd want to wear it each day. Chanel has released a ton of J12 watches over the years with sapphire crystals and automatic movements, but this new Chromatic watch just really catches my eye.

Let's get the whole part of the name out of the way. It refers to a plane currently finishing development that has been partially sponsored by Chanel. The plane is pretty cool because it is totally solar powered. It is more than a mere glider too. It has two electric prop engines that only produce about 10hp. The engines are powered by lithium ion batteries that are charged by the many Chromatic all over the plane's surfaces (mostly the wing). The plane can even store enough juice to run at night. The idea is to have a plane that can fly all day and all night (based on power collected during the day from the Chromatic and stored in the batteries). To recognize the Chromatic HB-SIA plane, the Chanel watch is named after it. I mentioned this before and am going to reiterate my feeling about this, but the reason that Chanel named the watch after the plane is for branding purposes. There are so many J12 watches, it was a good idea to associate something with the watch for naming purposes. This way you have a cool name to call the special Chanel J12 watch aside from "Reference: 321."

To my knowledge, this is the first Chanel J12 watch to be made from titanium. Other than the J12 Chromatic, Chanel has used titanium in some Seamaster watches, but not much else. It seems to be the haute metal for many watch makers these days. Both the case and bracelet are titanium in this case. A light and hard metal, but more prone to scratches that steel. The watch is also a bit larger than the classic J12. The Chromatic is 44.25mm wide. The watch is also water resistant to 100 meters. The dial of the watch is made of carbon fiber - also very unusual for Chanel, but it looks to be done in a subtle enough manner. So that is good.