In worthy celebration of its 150th anniversary, Chopard unveils four new proprietary mechanical movements designed, developed, fine-tuned and produced by Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier. These four new calibres beating at the heart of four new models introduced by Chopard lay a major new milestone marking the company’s century and a half of existence.
This remarkable accomplishment deserves to be highlighted, since the simultaneous presentation of four new in-house made mechanical movements is an extremely rare occurrence in the field of fine watchmaking, due to the substantial amount of effort and energy required to ensure the reliability of these complex mechanisms.
Chopard has nonetheless risen to this challenge in order to celebrate its 150th anniversary in magnificent style by releasing four new mechanical movements in 2010: L.U.C EHG, L.U.C 4TQE, L.U.C 1TRM and L.U.C 1.010. This quartet of new developments further broadens the already rich palette of Chopard Manufacture movements.
Chopard L.U.C Calibre EHG
This 148-part L.U.C Calibre EHG is a tribute to history, to craftsmanship and to the transmission of knowledge. Developed as collaboration between Chopard Manufacture and the Geneva Watchmaking School in order to help the students to create their “school project” marking the culmination of their studies and representing a major landmark in any watchmaking career.
This mechanical hand-wound movement oscillates at a cadence of 21,600 vibrations per hour and is endowed with an over 80-hour power reserve. Driving the hour and minute hands as well as small seconds at 6 o’clock, L.U.C Calibre EHG is chronometer-certified by the COSC and also bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark.
Chopard L.U.C Calibre 4TQE
Associating extreme complexity with superlative finishing, L.U.C Calibre 4TQE is composed of 516 parts. This exceptional multi-complication mechanical hand-wound movement houses four barrels ensuring a seven-day power reserve. The new Chopard L.U.C 150 grand complication watch is equipped with this extra-ordinary caliber.
Chronometer-certified by the COSC and bearing the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, the L.U.C Calibre 4TQE shows the hours, minutes, small seconds on the tourbillon, perpetual calendar with 24-hour indication, day of the week, date (through an aperture), month, leap year, power reserve, 24-hour indication, equation of time, sunrise and sunset times and moon phases.
Chopard L.U.C Calibre 1TRM
After this horological tour de force, and in a more contemporary and sporty vein, Chopard Manufacture has developed and fine-tuned an entirely original mechanical movement. L.U.C Calibre 1TRM – a mechanical hand-wound movement – is distinguished by an innovative design inspired by the automotive industry.
In reference to the world of fine cars, the “engine block” featuring a reamed and sloping plate is engraved with the name “Chopard”. L.U.C Calibre 1TRM is mounted on shock-absorbing “silent blocks” – which absorb the shocks – and held in place by three lever-arms carved out of the case middle.
Designed, developed and produced by Chopard Manufacture, L.U.C Calibre 1TRM beats at a cadence of 28, 800 vibrations per hour and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. The power-reserve display at 12 o’clock is positioned opposite the tourbillon bridge at 6 o’clock, shaped like a brake disc.
Chronometer-certified by the COSC, this 209-part tourbillon movement drives displays of the hours, minutes, seconds and the power reserve. This movement is the power source of the newly launched Chopard L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon watch.
Chopard L.U.C Calibre 1.010
Last but not least, L.U.C Calibre 1.010 represents a significant development feat linked to its suitability to industrial-scale production. Accurate, reliable, efficient and designed for easy assembly, this mechanical self-winding movement meets the most demanding market standards of performance, namely those of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and the Chronofiable tests.
Representing the industrial wing of Chopard Manufacture and incorporating 207 parts, L.U.C Calibre 1.010 is distinguished by its crown at 4 o’clock, along with a 60-hour power reserve, 31 rubies and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Côtes de Genève and a L.U.C engraving set the finishing touches to this promising new movement, which drives the new Chopard L.U.C 1937 watch.
Demonstrating both the modern dynamism of Chopard Manufacture and the know-how acquired over the past century and a half, these four new movements enriching the range of L.U.C proprietary movements admirably express the company’s multi-facetted and comprehensive approach to fine watchmaking.