With Baselworld closing in the horology market aficionados are in jitters to catch glimpses of new alluring timepieces. As many major watch manufactures unveil or hint at their possible new releases. Chopard has just revealed two new pieces, the “L.U.C XPS 1860” and the “L.U.C Perpetual Chrono”.
The “Chopard L.U.C 1860” was originally launched in 1996 which makes this it’s 20th anniversary and the reference to 1860 is an homage to the founding year of the Chopard brand. The whole L.U.C collection was conceived by the brands founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard, to reflect the highest standards they assure can be expected from their products.
The 40mm ultra-thin case is made of 18k rose gold on this Chopard. Containing a hand-guilloché dial with a flinqué pattern in the middle which relies on index markers to indicate time, although it does features an Arabic numeral at the 12 o’clock position. There is also a sub-seconds dial emerging from the 6 o’clock position with a date aperture in-between.
Chopard L.U.C 1860
This “Chopard L.U.C 1860” (Ref#: 161946-5001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber LUC 96.01-L, with 29 jewels, 208 moving parts and features a 22k gold micro-rotor. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 65 hours. Mounted to the watch is a brown alligator strap. This model is also a limited edition with only 250 pieces produced.
Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono
The “Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono” unites a flyback with a perpetual calendar and it’s the result of 20 years of experimentation over at the Chopard manufacturing facility. These combined complications were made possible due to the new in-house caliber L.U.C 03.10-L.
This 45mm case is made of 18k white “Fairminded” gold. And what is “Fairminded gold”? It’s a form of guaranteeing the communities that labor the mines in search of these precious metals get a “fairer compensation”. Fairminded gold as their website affirms: “…is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organizations.” The Fairminded Initiative was created by the “Alliance for Responsible Mining – (ARM)” a non-profit organization recognized as a leader and pioneer of responsible artisanal and small-scale mining. Their slogan is: “Gold To Be Proud Of”. (For more information visit their website: http://www.fairmined.org/what-is-fairmined/).
The dial’s color derives from its grey ruthenium coating and is decorated with a hand-guilloché motif which gives this watch captivating light effects. Time is indicated with Roman numerals and 18k white gold hands. From then on this watch dial optimizes as much information as it can ergonomically along the dial, without overwhelming its available space. There is a 30-minute counter with initials for the yearly months at the 3 o’clock position. A 12 hour-counter and the weekday markers at the 9 o’clock position. And a two-window aperture date under the Chopard logo, between this timepieces center and the 12 o’clock position. It also features a sub-seconds dial over the 6 o’clock position with a Moonphase in its interior.
The design of the perpetual calendar had to include a few nuanced millimeters, in order to include a day/night indicator. It also features a zero-reset system for the counters. Also around the outline where the dial face meets the bezel are red highlights at every 15 minute marker of the Arabic numerals, beginning at the 15m to the 30, 45 and finally 60 minute marker. The 12 hour-counter and 30-minute counter also feature red highlighted numerals for enhanced legibility.
Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono
This “Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono” is powered by the new in-house manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber L.U.C 03.10-L, with 42 jewels and COSC certified. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours. Mounted to this watch is a hand-stitched black crocodile strap. This model is also a limited edition with only 20 pieces produced.
Both these luxury watches by Chopard will be unveiled and available for Baselworld 2016, occurring this March 17th to March 24th.
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