Chanel J12 Chromatic Limited Edition Watch Announced

Continuing the Enigma connection, the rotor of the J12 (used for automatically winding the mechanical movement) will contain material sourced from an original Enigma machine rotor (wild, right?). Expanding on that, the rotor's design is meant to look like the drum of Alan Turing's Bombe Machine, a fantastically powerful and complex machine that helped to more quickly decipher active Enigma settings so that messages were decrypted in time to still be useful to the military. The J12 rotor also carries a code of its own (see the photos), which I will leave to the comment section to decipher.

Finally, Chanel was able to source original pine from the floor of Hut 6, an area within Bletchley Park that was used for the decryption of Enigma messages. Chanel has used this pine as a cap for the crown of the J12, a nice detail that offers yet another connection to the legacy of not only Bletchley Park, but also those who worked there during the war.

For my eyes, the J12 Chromatic has elevated Chanel's methodology for historical limited editions to the next level. Can you think of any other brand that would make a watch like the J12 Chromatic? I think the styling is spot-on and speaks to Chanel's strengths and to the military-focused roots that define much of their lineup. Not only do I think that Bletchley Park may be the coolest historic entity to be immortalized by Chanel, I also rather like the breadth of their inclusion. From innovations like the punch card system, to the Enigma, Turing's Bombe Machine and finally the wood from Hut 6, they seem to have physically encapsulated the character of Bletchley Park into an already desirable watch. I highly recommend visiting Chanel's site (link below) and reading more about the stories behind not only the development of the J12 Chromatic, but also the systems and people that occupied Bletchley Park and managed to have a huge effect on the outcome of World War II.

Even without the historical connections, the J12 Chromatic is a seriously cool watch and Chanel's first flyback chronograph (news enough for many brands). The Chanel J12 Chromatic will have a retail price of $18,500 for the steel version and $33,995 for the rose gold models. Considering the rarity and provenance of the special materials and that a portion of the proceeds will go to support the maintenance of Bletchley Park, we doubt Chanel will have any trouble filling orders. Let us know what you think in the comments and feel free to decode the text shown on the J12 Chromatic's rotor.

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