Chanel J12 Marine

Par Florian Matrion, le 26 août 2010
J12 Marine
J12 Marine
A Man Chanel sport Watch, is it possible ? An exciting test for the auto-declared anti-people that I am. Review of the Marine J12.
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A Man Chanel sport Watch, is it possible?
The "Grande Mademoiselle" said: "luxury is not contrary to poverty, but to vulgarity."
An exciting test for the auto-declared anti-people that I am.


A blend of sensations

First contact, a known field: it has the same stylistic codes as the technical diving watch.

Second impression: there is something else...
But what?
The tactile aspect first: its 38 mm diameter, combined to the shape of the casing, falls naturally on the wrist.
Neither too heavy nor too light ! Thanks to ceramics: the Marine J12 Chanel keeps a low profile immediately, natural's hallmark.
The contact with the rubber strap is soft and pleasant.


A very strong visual

Then a very strong visual, with the alternation of the mat black casing and strap versus the metal of the bezel and the crown, emphasized with the surprise effect of this discreet, deep and changing blue.

The hands surprise: the hour one in a broad arrow type, short, made of steel, contrasts with the blue stick minutes one, and the seconds one which is totally blue.


The circled markers contribute to the sobriety of the whole : the visibility in instinctive reading is excellent, by day and night.


Nice effects of contrasts

The contrasts effects between the size, color and material are astonishing.

And the visual depth of the dial is furthermore emphasized with the central register, slightly in-depth and framed with a little steel bezel.

The railroad could have been avoided, graduated on 60° that is meaningless for the hours and weight down the purity of the dial.

The luminous material compensates the little visibility of the minute's hand, blue with an enameled black background.

On the contrary, the second hand, arrow-shaped, can slightly be seen.


A very sober whole

The circled markers contribute to the sobriety of the whole, as well as the graduation of the minutes on the internal bezel: the visibility in instinctive reading is excellent, by day and night.
The date, located at 4:30 keeps a low profile.

Well, it is a diver. How to qualify it?

Since it was not tested in deep water, it has nevertheless successfully gone through a torrential rain of this rotten month of May that costs me a suit.
Then it has been plunged into the sink: no bubbles, no condensation...
Announced for 300 m, it will undoubtedly be able to answer to the majority of the users, occasional divers.
Because the manipulation of the bezel, difficult bare hand, will undoubtedly turn out almost impossible with diving gloves.
In any case, I contented myself with Jardiland's rubber gardening glove and did not succeed...


The movement

I come to the end of this article without having talked about the caliber.
In fact, it is not really important here.
All that need be known is that it is an automatic "Swiss movement" that will be able to work in a reliable way while keeping a low profile.
By the way, it does not have a transparent back, which is normal for a tool-watch.



These technical judgments are incidental. Because the finality of this watch is not there actually...
It is a luxury object, superb and sober, for the only pleasure to wear a Chanel watch...


Pros :

  • a beautiful success of the combination material/color/shape
  • an elegant and discreet sport style, not really designed for the diving, but for life, smart tendency and light glamour


Cons :

  • the polished buckle that scratches
  • the rubber loops which are too big and can pinch the skin
  • the blue patch on the crown, too loud and not really necessary


Further information :

  • journalist's wrist = 17,5 cm
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Données constructeur

Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Base calibre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 69/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
Pour quelles occasions ? Quand la porter ?

Note des internautes 73/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
Mouvement (/20)
Finitions (/20)
Fonctionnalité (/20)
Bonus (/10)
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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