This one-of-a-kind horological masterpiece showcases the high level expertise of Chopard’s Mains d’art. The L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl watch proudly features dragon engravings inspired by China’s founding myths are shown to stunning effect on the hand-engraved case middle.
Tales of Ancient China almost inevitably evoke the dragon, a central animal in the founding myths of the Celestial Empire’s first dynasties. They tell of the fabled five-clawed dragons serving the emperor in the quest for the sacred pearl leading to wisdom and knowledge. It is precisely this legendary vision of China that Chopard has decided to express through its L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl timepiece, a one-of-a-kind model which, like a sacred pearl, ushers the observer into a world of emotions.
The task of engraving the 18-carat rose gold was entrusted to the Mains d’art of the Maison. This exquisitely refined figurative work has been crafted using the fine line engraving technique so as to highlight two dragons on the case middle and space between the lugs, chasing after the sacred pearl depicted on the crown. More specifically, this allegory represents two Tian Long dragons, creatures of the sky and symbols of the soul’s elevation to a state of pure consciousness.
To complete the scenography, the solid gold dial of the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl is adorned with an engraved motif drawn from traditional Chinese iconography, like those appearing on the rose gold bezel and buckle. The scrolling patterns of the watch case are thus matched by the pleasing geometry of its face.
This model with its L.U.C 02.15-L movement and featuring two stellar horological complications is no exception to these abiding principles of excellence. The 353-part movement of the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl is equipped with a tourbillon regulator whose carriage, carrying the small seconds indicator, rotates once a minute beneath its polished steel bridge at 6 o’clock.
Complementing the display is a perpetual calendar requiring no correction until the year 2100, since only century years divisible by 400 are leap years, making 2100 a common year. To ensure perfect readability of the calendar indications, they are spread over two dials – one at 3 o’clock for the month and leap years and another at 9 o’clock for the day and the 24-hour indication – along with a large twin-aperture date rounding off the symmetry of the dial at 12 o’clock.
Thanks to its tourbillon calibre, a prestigious early 19th century watchmaking invention designed to compensate for the effects of gravity on watch mechanisms, the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl timepiece is well-equipped to achieve a high degree of precision: a requirement laid down by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, who insists that all L.U.C watches from the Manufacture be certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
This is what makes it possible to place the title of “Chronometer” on the dial of the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl, in addition to the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark stamped on the back, one of the most demanding watch industry labels. To ensure optimal user friendliness, the watch is also equipped with Chopard Quattro technology, based on four series-coupled barrels ensuring a nine-day power reserve indicated on the back of the watch.
Model: L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl
Ref. 161941-5006 – in 18-carat rose gold
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 15.02 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
18-carat rose gold crown with hand engraving 6.50 mm
Case middle hand-engraved with motifs inspired by the imaginary world of the tale of The Dragon and the Pearl
Bezel hand-engraved with motifs inspired by Chinese iconography
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Mechanical hand-wound movement L.U.C 02.15-L
Number of components: 353
Total diameter: 33.00 mm
Thickness: 9.35 mm
Number of jewels: 31
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 216 hours(approx. 9 days)
Four barrels – Chopard Quattro Technology
Tourbillon regulator, stainless steel bridge with gilded screws
Balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark
Galvanic satin-brushed sunburst ruthenium-coloured 18-carat gold dial
Perpetual calendar subdials (twin-aperture large date, day of the week and 24-hour indication, months and leap years).
Gilded Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands
Gilded baton-type hands for small seconds, day and month indications as well as the power-reserve display
Gilded white-tipped triangular-shaped hands for the day/night and leap-year indications
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds and tourbillon at 6 o’clock
Large date at 12 o’clock
Power-reserve indicator on the case-back side
Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap with alligator lining
18-carat rose gold pin buckle hand-engraved with motifs inspired by Chinese iconography