Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2010, Chopard is still pervaded by the spirit instilled in it by its founder and nurtured by a blend of fine hand craftsmanship and daring technical developments. This year, the brand supports the fifth edition of prestigious Only Watch Charity auction by donating a unique timepiece. The one-of-a-kind platinum tourbillon features an exclusive hand-engraved dial and movement and is equipped with the 9-day power-reserve L.U.C Calibre 02.17-L. Ref. 161929-9001.
It’s generously sized 43 mm-diameter platinum case offers contrasting polished and satin-brushed surface finishes and its transparent case-back provides ample views of the hand-crafted movement.
The silver-toned and white dial has been hand-decorated and its central motif represents the coat-of-arms of the Principality of Monaco, surrounded by DNA chromosomes. In addition to the personalised gold-toned “Dauphine” style hands, the hours are displayed as Roman numerals – 1960s inspired delicate golden appliques – framed by a black transferred rail-track graduation.
The 18-carat gold bridges of L.U.C Calibre 02.17-L are entirely decorated using the so-called fleurisanne engraving technique, an artistic craft which, from the late 18th century onwards, forged the success of its native village of Fleurier and contributed to spreading its reputation as far as afield as China. Now all but extinct, fleurisanne engraving is distinguished by its raised motifs, since the engraver’s work consists not in sculpting by hollowing, but instead in sparing the motif and removing the material surrounding it in order to make it stand out.
The motif representing DNA chromosomes serves as a reminder of the reason behind this charity auction: to support research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease. Equipped with a tourbillon carriage, a clever device designed to enhance the precision of the movement by releasing its escapement from the detrimental influence of gravity, the calibre earned the certification awarded by the Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and corresponding to the highest standards of timing precision. It displays the essentials: hours,minutes, small seconds and a power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock.