A Closer Look at Chanel’s New Monsieur Superleggera Watch


Chanel is a designer brand that is known around the world for its trendy fashions, perfumes, clothing, and accessories. It also provides high-end watches that feature French luxury at its finest. The House of Chanel has recently announced the pending release of a new member of the Monsieur series that was first introduced in 2016, with an infusion of its J12 Superleggera that made its debut in 2005. It’s an expensive, luxury timepiece that is complementary to the ultralight supercars released from popular Italian brands in the automotive industry. Patrons of the brand have a new practical yet stylish accessory to check out. The New Monsieur Superleggera Watch is intended to please automotive enthusiasts with a penchant for light Italian sportscars with its nod to the reputation and high status of fast cars.

The Monsieur Superleggera at first glance

The first thing that catches the eye is the dial with its sporty automotive aesthetic. The black background is textured to resemble the interior of the vehicle’s dash and console area with a neat separation of the dials. It’s designed to imitate the speedometer of a Superleggera with a larger outer dial taking up the upper portion of the watch and a smaller subdial from the center to the bottom. The hands cleverly look like speedometer indicators. While there is a slight learning curve to tell the time quickly, once you get the hang of it, it’s not a problem.

A closer look at Chanel’s new Monsieur Superleggera Watch

The Robb Report provides us with a first look at the new timepiece with a detailed inspection of its finer points. The Superleggera Edition of the Monsieur is crafted of a lightweight construction that uses ceramic in matte black with steel construction for a sporty aesthetic. This makes it lighter than previous editions, which is fitting as the term Superleggera is translated into super light in the Italian language. The guilloche dial has the appearance of carbon fiber that you would find in high-end Italian branded or the Aston Martin sportscars.

The case, crown, and bezel

SJX describes that the case is made of stainless steel with a with of 42mm and a depth of 10.85 mm. The steel is covered in ceramic for high-end quality one would expect from Chanel. The back of the watch is just as interesting as the front when you flip it over. It’s covered by a clear exhibition-style case back in a crystal that gives you an unfettered view of the mechanical inner workings of the movement beneath. The crown is a screw-down type in stainless steel with a ceramic fixed bezel with a thin round profile.

The movement

The New Monsieur Superleggera watch is powered by a hand-wound Caliber 1 movement that beat at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour or 4 Hz. The mechanical mechanism features jumping hours with a display on the dial, with a 270-degree retrograde minute indicator. The movement is stunning to behold from the backside of the case with hand decoration and its modern lines. It has a power reserve of 72 hours.

Other facts about the Monsieur Suprleggera

The Chanel Monsieur Superleggera Edition, Reference H6823 is water-resistant to 30 meters. The strap is made of nylon material with a lining of red calfskin leather for the ultimate comfort when worn on the wrist. A folding clasp-style closure keeps it firmly affixed to the wrist. This wristwatch is versatile and fits in with a variety of top brand vehicles bearing the Superleggera, or light moniker including Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and others.

Pricing and availability

The Chanel Monsieur Superleggera is not a limited edition, but it is rumored to be produced in low numbers. The starting price is $39,400 for this sporty edition. Its pending release is set for some time in September of 2021.

Our assessment

The Chanel Monsieur Superleggera watch at a glance is a masculine timepiece that has visual features that sets it apart from other examples in the Monsieur edition. What first catches the eye is the raised texturing of the dial that puts one in mind of carbon fiber, commonly used in the finer supercars in the ultralight category. This was intentional on the part of the design team in charge of the Superleggera. The edition will be complementary as an accessory for anyone who owns a Superleggera vehicle, and there are quite a few out there, but as the timepiece, they’re high-end and come with a high price tag. The watch is a symbol of status and accomplishment and indicates a fondness for fast cars, giving a glimpse into the personal preferences of the owner. We like the use of red and black for the strap, along with the exhibition case back that makes this watch just as interesting when viewed from the backside.

Final thoughts

This first look at the Chanel Monsieur Superleggera gives you a heads up that something very special is getting ready to drop from the House of Chanel. This is a new addition to the Monsieur collection that stands out from the rest. It possesses the DNA of the model in an interesting variant that will take its place in Chanel’s showcase of the other attractive timepieces, offering a new alternative to a niche group of customers who crave a sporty aesthetic. Chanel has not indicated the numbers which will be offered in the initial wave, but we anticipate with its advertising that there are already crowds gathering to keep a watchful eye for its release date. The precise day of its arrival has not been stated, but we estimate it will be within weeks. We further anticipate that the Monsieur Superleggera will go fast when it makes its debut at some time in September. It’s one of the most unique examples offered within the collection. With the fascination with speed and luxury, it’s likely to sell out within a few hours of its availability.

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