Swiss luxury watch brand Chopard has created a unique timepiece designed for Only Watch 2011, and will be unveiled at this year’s Charity Auction on 22 September to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy
The Only Watch L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon is powered by an exceptional “motor”, proprietary L.U.C Calibre 1TRM. Machined like an engine block and mounted on silent blocks, this mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement was designed, developed and produced at Chopard Manufacture. This model actually is a special black and yellow-toned version of L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon model launched in 2010.
The L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon model houses a proprietary mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement, L.U.C Calibre 1TRM. In much the same way as a car engine, this movement is mounted on silent blocks – that absorb shocks – and held by three lever arms inserted into the case middle. This L.U.C Calibre 1TRM designed, developed and produced by Chopard Manufacture beats at a cadence of 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. Chronometer-certified by the COSC, a sure token of reliability and precision, this tourbillon movement drives displays of the hours, minutes, seconds and the power reserve.
Representing a magnificent mechanical feat of engineering, the L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon Only Watch is distinguished not only by its high-end motorisation, but also by its bodywork that endows it with an inimitably sophisticated style. The DLC titanium case is water-resistant to 50 metres and features alternating polished and matt finishes; it also carries slightly curved lugs screwed onto the case that enhance the overall dynamic effect. Streamlined like car wings, these lugs ensure excellent wearer comfort and a perfect fit on the wrist for the opulent 35.4 x 44.4 mm case whose side is engraved with the “Only Watch 2011” mention.
The dial is also inspired by the automobile world and plays on the theme of transparency. The new Arabic numerals characteristic of the L.U.C collection and the hour-markers are engraved and yellow-tinted beneath the glare-resistant sapphire crystal. The hand-sewn black alligator leather strap setting the perfect finishing touch to this model is enhanced by four reinforced inserts evoking the seats of classic racing cars.
Model: Chopard DLC Titanium L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon – Only Watch 2011, Unique piece, Ref. 168526-3004 – In DLC titanium
Case in polished DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) titanium
Length: 44.40 mm
Width: 35.40 mm
Thickness: 10.90 mm
Water-resistance: 50 metres
DLC titanium crown with L.U.C logo: 7.00 mm
Engraved glareproofed sapphire crystal on front
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal on back
Hand-wound tourbillon movement: L.U.C 1TRM
Total diameter: 34.00 X 25.90 mm
Thickness: 5.60 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 60 hours
Chronometer certified (COSC)
Dial and hands
Arabic numerals engraved and yellow tinted under the sapphire crystal
Black Dauphine fusée-type hour and minute hands
Black small seconds hand
Black power reserve hand with red tip
Functions and displays
Central hour and minute hands
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve display at 12 o’clock
Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn black alligator leather lined with brown alligator leather featuring gadrooned motif
DLC titanium pin buckle