Chopard is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their L.U.C collection by issuing their first worldtimer watch in the form of the “Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One”. And they’ve also manufactured their first dual time function integrated in to an in-house movement for the “Chopard L.U.C GMT One”.
Many brands tend to overlook the very useful GMT function, for more expensive, eye-catching complications. But, Chopard seems to have noticed what other brands have been bring to market, like the: “Vacheron Constantin Overseas” model, the “IWC Timezoner”, “Blancpain Villeret Quantième Annuel GMT”, among others. And they’ve come up with a pair of worthy contenders with the: “Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One” and the “L.U.C GMT One”.
One of the 42mm case is made of platinum, with a pair of 18k white gold crowns; while another version has gone 18k rose gold for the case and crowns. Both of these versions have transparent casebacks, which allow to see the inner movements.
This timepiece is available in either a: white dial with a blue streak, or a green dial with a white streak. The concentric layers really liven up the watch, without making it a flashy piece. Instead it is highly legible and very discreet, despite all the information seeming overwhelming at a first glance.
Time is told via Arabic numerals and index hour markers, though its second ring has a 24-hour with complete Arabic numerals for the second time-zone. So, the central hands indicates the date, with an arrow pointed hand indicating the current day on the first concentric ring. While the second ring has the “home time”, followed by the third 24-hour ring showing the second time-zone.
Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One
This “Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One” (References Below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L.U.C 01.05-L, with 39 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 50m (164 feet). Currently mounted to the platinum version is a black alligator strap, with hand sewn matching tones, a brown alligator leather interior lining and secured to the wrist by an 18k white gold pin buckle. While the 18k rose gold version is mounted to a brown alligator strap and secured by an 18k rose gold pin buckle.
(Ref#: 161942-9001) – Green dial
(Ref#: 161942-5001) – White blue dial
Chopard has also issued a simpler, more accessible stainless-steel version, titled “Chopard L.U.C GMT One”. This is the first dual time function that Chopard has integrated in to a movement of their own.
The 42mm case is made of stainless steel with a satin brushed finish and a polished bezel. Its transparent caseback allows to see the inner movements and their “Côtes de Genève” decoration. There are two crowns with a partly brushed finish, bearing the L.U.C logos, positioned at the 2 and 4 o’clock spots. The upper crown controls the date and time setting, while the lower is used to set the large orange GMT hand for the second time zone.
Time is exhibited on a black sunburst dial with Arabic numerals and hour index markers, all superluminova covered for an enhanced legibility. There is an orange arrow pointed hand for the second time-zone and rhodium plated dauphine hour and minute hands for indicating home-time. A GMT disc circles around the dial with: white numerals on a grey background between 6:30am to 6:30pm; and orange numerals on a black background between 6:30pm to 6:30am. There is also a date aperture located at the 6 o’clock position.
Chopard L.U.C GMT One
“Chopard L.U.C GMT One” (Ref#: 168579-3001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L.U.C 01.10-L, with 31 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 50m (164 feet). Currently mounted to a black alligator strap, with hand sewn matching tones, a brown alligator inner lining and secured by a stainless-steel pin buckle.
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