After introducing presenting the 18-carat rose gold version of the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru in 2017, Chopard presents a 18-carat white gold version of this ‘shaped’ chronometer watch adorned with 3.05 carats of baguette-cut diamonds.
Set with 40 baguette-cut diamonds, the watch case features an outstanding tonneau (barrel shaped) design inspired from the best oak barrels derived from the forests of Bertrange, Jupille and Tronçais. Its cambered sapphire crystal and case endow it with authentic sensuality, enhanced by its extreme slenderness at just 7.74 mm thick.
The L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru pays tribute to the pocket watches that forged the reputation of the Maison founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860. Its black lacquered dial has white Roman numeral hour markers and railway-type minutes track running around the rim. This watch bears the prestigious ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark, symbolizing the respect for horological craftsmanship cultivated by the Maison Chopard.
The Calibre 97.01-L, barrel shaped and measuring just 3.3 mm thick, features the most sophisticated finishing techniques cultivated by the Manufacture: the bevelling, polishing, circular graining and Côtes de Genève motif all meet the stringent demands of the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark.
Automatic winding is handled by a finely engraved 22-carat gold micro-rotor. The Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) has certified the rate of all the calibres equipping the L.U. Heritage Grand Cru models.
L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru in 18-carat white gold
Ref. 172296-1001 – in 18-carat white gold with an alligator leather strap
18-carat white gold
Dimensions: 38.5 x 38.8 mm
Thickness: 7.74 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
18-carat white gold crown with L.U.C logo: 5.00 mm
Cambered vertical satin-brushed case middle
Bezel set with 40 baguette-cut diamonds (3.05 carats)
Cambered glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Mechanical movement with automatic winding L.U.C 97.01-L
Winding by a 22-carat gold micro-rotor
Number of components: 197
Total diameter: 28.15 x 27.60 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28 800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 65 hours
Two barrels – Twin Technology
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Swan’s neck regulator
Balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
“Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark
Black lacquered dial with white transfers
Finely snailed 6 o’clock subdial
Rhodium-plated Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands
Rhodium-plated baton-shaped small seconds hand at 6 o’clock
Railway-type minutes track
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds display at 6 o’clock
Date display at 6 o’clock
Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap, alligator leather lining
18-carat white gold polished pin buckle