Once in a while some brands need to create a timepiece that stands-out from all the rest. For some that might come in the form of aesthetics, while others look for innovations or opt for complications. Out of all those options Chopard tried to tackle all three at once and came up with a watch that aims to cover all possible horology needs. Let’s recall and take a closer look at the “Chopard L.U.C All-In-One”.
This watch was originally released back in 2010 to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary. Now for 2018 Chopard decided to revisit it’s most complicated creation with two limited editions. In total this “Chopard L.U.C All-In-One” has 14 indications including the tourbillon. It can be quite an overwhelming task just to set all of these features correctly in motion! Check the video posted below by Chopard to better comprehend all this watch has to offer and how to set it properly.
Video courtesy of: Chopard
These differ from the previous limited editions by using hour index markers instead of Roman numerals, different color schemes, plus their more limited than before with only 10 only made pieces per each, versus 15 a piece for this follow-up edition. Besides these nuances, these watches have the same in-house mechanical movement and are overall identical in design.
These new “Chopard All-in-One” have been crafted and made available in either 18k rose gold or platinum in a simple round 46mm case.
Both with an obligatory case back in order to take advantage of both sides and exhibit as much data as it has been conceived to provide. On this flip-side we find several of this watches most unique complications, like the: equation of time, day/night indicator, a power reserve indicator and the synodic orbital moon phase.
The disc for this astronomical orbital moon phase is quite mesmerizing and more than enough reason to flip this watch on its case back to stare in wonder.
It also comes equipped with a setting-crown and inset pushers alongside the case that serve to adjust several of the many complications this watch has been jam packed with (watch the video above for setting instructions and how to properly use this timepiece). Sealing the front and back of the watch is a glareproofed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on either a: verdigris dial (18k rose gold version) which is based on a greenish-blue color hue; or a blue dial (platinum version).
A silver ring of black printed minute index markers, featuring only the Roman numerals for the 15, 45 and 60 minute markers that are colored red to add an extra color to the overall design, which manages to gradually enhanced legibility.
The aforementioned verdigris dial is a quite color that is produced via a galvanic treatment that replicates the patina tone, which tends to permeate metals like copper or bronze. But, unlike those materials that gain patina as the years go by; what we have here is a “stabilized” patina look that won’t change over the years.
In common both models feature a: big date display aligned with the 12 o’clock position underneath the “Chopard” logo; Plus their three sub-dials: a month and leap year are at the 3 o’clock position; a day of the week and 24h indication are at the 9 o’clock position; and the tourbillon movement with small sub-seconds in it’s a midst, plus the classic polished L.U.C bridge spanning its diameter are all at the 6 o’clock position.
The central hands, hour index markers and sub-dial hands are all made out of the material matching each versions case metal.
Chopard L.U.C 150 All-In-One
The “Chopard L.U.C All-In-One” (References below) is powered by a hand-wound in-house mechanical movement, caliber L.U.C 05.01-L with 42 jewels, 516 components and 28,800 Vph.
This micromechanical masterpiece also comes equipped with a Variner balance wheel, a Philips terminal, a circular-grained main plate and adored with Cotes de Genève finishing. Plus the incorporated two sets of two stacked barrels, which is an exclusive “L.U.C Quattro” technology ensuring power reserve that can last up to 216 hours (9 Days), when fully wound.
Mounted to this watch is an alligator leather strap with matt square plates and matching hand-sewn tones in blue (platinum version) or brown (18k rose gold version); while both straps are secured to the wrist by a folding-clasp made of the same case material of each version.
This is a limited edition of only 10 manufactured pieces for each distinct metal version, for a grand total of 20 watches. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard website here.
Platinum – (Ref#: 161925-9003)
MSRP: 374,000 Euros – Approximately $435,000.00 USD
18k Rose gold – (Ref#: 161925-5002)
MSRP: 360,000 Euros – Approximately $420,000.00 USD
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