Earlier versions of the “Chopard L.U.C. Quattro” were highly ornate with a wide range of color-schemes and mineral decorating the dial. But this updated offering with a redesigned dial has been elegantly redone in a manner that further extends this classic timepieces range.
We’ve seen this Chopard in a couple of versions since its debut in 1996. When it was originally released it came equipped with one of the most honored caliber movements in the horology market, the caliber 1.96. This accomplishment brought much prestige and credibility to the Chopard brand. Afterwards its micro-rotor automatic movement, was stacked with four mainspring barrels.
The “Quattro” after which this version was named is a reference to the four-barrels powering the watch, one of the more unique caliber movements, which is a concept that has remained unaltered to this date. This innovative caliber movement was first introduced in the year 2000 model update and can be seen via the watches exhibition case back.
The 43mm case is made of 18k rose gold with the aforementioned transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Equipped with a setting crown for swift time adjustments and long refined lugs for a comfortable accommodating wrist fit. Topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 50 meters (164 feet).
Time is exhibited on a vertical satin-brushed silver tone dial with blue dauphine hour index markers and the Arabic numerals: 3 and 9. There are also small black printed minute index markers circling the dial, with Arabic numerals for every 15-minute increment. A power reserve indicator can be seen under the 12 o’clock position; while a sub-dial doubling as a sub-seconds and date display is located at the 6 o’clock position.
They distinguish themselves by using a blue hand for the sub-seconds, which matches with the blue central hands color scheme and a small gold hand for the date. The lack of lume on this dial can complicate telling time in darker situations, but besides that it’s quite legible.
Chopard L.U.C. Quattro
This “Chopard L.U.C. Quattro” (Ref#: 161926-5004) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber L.U/C 98.01-L with 39 jewels and 28,800 Vph. This is a chronometer COSC-certified movement. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 216 hours (9 days), when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a blue calfskin leather strap, secured to the wrist by a polished 18k gold pin buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 50 manufactured pieces worldwide. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard website here.
MSRP: $24,400.00 USD
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