Since its launch in 2006, the L.U.C XP has become a classic. This new version features two noteworthy innovations: a sapphire crystal enabling one to admire the beauty of the movement; and a small seconds display at 6 o’clock.
Accommodating a self-winding movement with twin barrels and a 65-hour power reserve inside an ultra-thin case is no mean feat. The watchmakers of Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier have accomplished this by means of a clever construction featuring a micro rotor. The designers have also perfectly conceived the large-diameter (39.50 mm) round case with its flat bezel and slender case band – resulting in light, dynamic, timeless and supremely balanced lines composing a model that won first prize in the ultra-thin watch category in the 2006 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix.
In response to the wishes of men with a taste for fine horological mechanisms, Chopard has equipped its new L.U.C XPS with a sapphire crystal back providing an admirable view of the L.U.C 12.96 movement and its bridges adorned with a straight “Côtes de Genève” motif. The other new feature is the seconds indication that now appears at 6 o’clock on the elegantly understated dial.
Crafted in 18-carat white gold with a black dial or in 18-carat rose gold with a silvered dial, these two new variations embodying an ideal blend of aesthetic appeal and technical performance are both duly certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Case in 18-carat white or rose gold
Total diameter: 39.50 mm
Thickness: 7.13 mm
Water-resistant to 30 meters
18-carat rose or white gold crown: 4.00 mm
Glare-resistant sapphire crystal
Transparent case-back secured with screws
Mechanical self-winding movement L.U.C 12.96
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power-reserve: 65 hours
Bridges adorned with straight Côtes de Genève
Dial and hands
Black dial for the 18-carat white gold version, silvered dial for the 18-carat rose gold version
Rhodium-plated hour-markers for the 18-carat white gold version, gilded hour-markers for the 18-carat rose gold version
Dauphine style hour and minute hands
“Baton” style seconds hand
Functions and indications
Central hour and minute hands
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn brown or black alligator leather strap (19 mm x 16 mm)
18-carat white or rose gold buckle
Ref: 161920-1001 in white gold
Ref: 161920-5001 in rose gold
Ref: 171920-1001 in white gold , with baguette diamonds