For Chopard’s 150th anniversary in 2010, the Manufacture launched a limited edition, the L.U.C 1937 Steel model, a mechanical tribute to the company’s proud watch-making heritage. It now introduces a new interpretation of this timepiece firmly rooted in the tradition of classically timeless watches. Inside the 18-carat rose gold case, framing a satin-brushed silver-toned dial, beats the high-performance Manufacture movement, L.U.C Calibre 01.01-L (L.U.C 1.010).
The history of the House of Chopard, founded in 1860, has been punctuated by a number of decisive moments. 1937 was a pivotal year, since it was then that the founder’s grandson Paul-André Chopard decided to leave the Jura region, where Louis-Ulysse Chopard had set up his original workshop, in order to establish the brand in Geneva. It was in this Swiss canton that Chopard would achieve its subsequent success. In homage to this milestone in its history, Chopard Manufacture first presented in 2010, on the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the L.U.C 1937 Twist model with its pure, restrained lines recalling an important aspect of the brand’s watchmaking heritage. Since then, new steel versions with a crown at 3 o’clock have been presented under the “Classic” title.
The L.U.C 1937 Classic now returns in an 18-carat rose gold model with a gold bracelet or alligator leather strap, a sunburst satin-brushed silver-toned dial and Dauphine hands personalised for the L.U.C collection. It’s subtly redesigned and refined 42 mm-diameter case in 18-carat rose gold features the characteristic profile and details of this collection. Its screw-lock crown at 3 o’clock guarantees water resistance up to 100 metres.
This L.U.C 1937 Classic watch beats to the rhythm of Manufacture L.U.C Calibre 01.01-L (L.U.C 1.1010) and its 28,800 vibrations per hour. This mechanical self-winding watch, chronometer-certified by the COSC, is endowed with a 60-hour power reserve. Its construction aimed at ensuring impeccable reliability drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and a window-type date display at 6 o’clock. It also has a stop-seconds function ensuring smooth and accurate time-setting. This precise and efficient calibre is a new landmark in the history of L.U.C movements, since its design enables a significant increase in production volumes and thus further enhances Chopard’s independence.
Chopard is a family-owned company imbued with a strong sense of independence. The various stages involved in making L.U.C watches are conducted within the group’s own production sites in Meyrin and Fleurier. Movement development; design of the finished product; gold casting; stamping and machining of cases, movement parts and bracelets; traditional hand-crafted decorations; surface treatments; polishing; assembly; adjustment and quality control: this entire range of watch production operations is fully mastered in-house by Chopard and applied to the creation of each L.U.C watch.
Model: L.U.C 1937 Classic Rose Gold
18-carat rose gold
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 10.64 mm
Water resistance: 100 metres
18K rose gold crown with L.U.C logo: 6.00 mm
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Mechanical self-winding: L.U.C 01.01-L (L.U.C 1.010)
Total diameter: 28.80 mm
Thickness: 4.95 mm
Number of jewels: 31
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: 60 hours
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève
Dial and hands
Sunburst satin-brushed silver-toned dial
Gold-toned hour, minute, seconds hands and hour-markers
Functions and displays
Central display of the hours, minutes and seconds
Date window at 6 o’clock
Strap/bracelet and buckle
Hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap with cognac-coloured lining and rose gold pin buckle; or 18-carat rose gold bracelet with 18-carat rose gold folding clasp
Ref. 161937-5001 – In 18-carat rose gold with alligator leather strap
Ref. 151937-5001 – In 18-carat rose gold with 18-carat rose gold bracelet