The L.U.C. Time Traveler One Black timepiece is the latest interpretation by Chopard Manufacture of one of watchmaking’s noblest travel complications: the worldtimer, showing the time in 24 zones around the world simultaneously.
The L.U.C Time Traveler One Black achieves the feat of displaying complex information with absolute clarity via a series of concentrically arranged discs. A central date disc, indicated by a discreet hand, is surrounded by a chapter display for the hours and minutes of the local time zone, with Dauphine hands in the elegant style characterising the L.U.C collection, adjusted by a crown positioned at 2 o’clock.
The latter serves to adjust the time in the main time zone. A second crown at 4 o’clock is used to turn the disc bearing the reference cities of 24 time zones, synchronised on the city disc with local time. Wherever the wearer finds himself at a given moment, when the city for the local time zone is set to the 12 o’clock position, all the time zones around the globe will be correctly displayed.
The use of ceramised grade 5 titanium for the L.U.C Time Traveler One Black marks a world first for travel watches and reflects Chopard’s ongoing commitment to harnessing the most innovative materials in the advancement of Fine Watchmaking.
Used in areas such as aerospace, automotive and medical component manufacturing, ceramised titanium is obtained by oxidising surface layers of titanium at extreme temperatures using electroplasma technology. This process improves the metal’s hardness – 700 Vickers (Hv) – along with its friction coefficient as well its wear and corrosion resistance. Ceramised titanium is also highly biocompatible.
The ceramised titanium case of the L.U.C Time Traveler One Black is matched with a monochrome dial featuring a hand-applied vertical satin-brushed finish. Completing the look is a matching black strap in fully vegan rubber, crafted with an intricate fabric-like pattern.
Made in Switzerland, the strap offers huge flexibility of usage thanks to its resistance to the effects of water or sweat, its high durability and its comfort on the wrist. In keeping with Chopard’s commitment to sustainable luxury, the strap has been subjected to stringent environmental tests including REACH certification for protecting human health and the environment from chemicals.
The L.U.C Time Traveler One Black timepiece is powered by the acclaimed worldtimer movement L.U.C 01.05-L, first unveiled in 2016. Made in-house at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, Switzerland, this self-winding integrated-construction movement has a 60-hour power reserve and beats at 28,800 vph (4 Hz). Reflecting the high standards of the L.U.C collection, it is meticulously hand-finished, with beautifully chamfered bridges and Côtes de Geneve decoration visible through the display case-back.
Like all L.U.C timepieces carrying a seconds indication, the L.U.C Time Traveler One Black is Chronometer-certified by the COSC for accuracy and performance.
Model: L.U.C Time Traveler One Black
Ref. 168574-3008 – in ceramised grade 5 titanium with black rubber strap
250-piece limited edition
Ceramised grade 5 titanium
Total diameter 42 mm
Thickness 12.09 mm
Water resistance 50 metres
Ceramised grade 5 titanium crowns with semi-satin-brushed L.U.C logo and globe 6.50 mm
Sandblasted case middle, bezel and case-back
Mechanical with automatic winding L.U.C 01.05-L
Number of components 291
Total diameter 35.30 mm
Thickness 6.52 mm
Number of jewels 39
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 60 hours
World time function
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Dial and hands
Dark grey dial achieved by galvanic treatment – hand-applied vertical satin-brushed finishing on central part
Snailed chapter ring
Hour-markers and Arabic numerals painted with Super-LumiNova®
Circular satin-brushed city disc with white transfers
Circular satin-brushed GMT function disc, grey between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm with black transfers; and black between 6.30 pm and 6.30 am, with white transfers
Metallic black Dauphine-type hours and minutes hand, enhanced with Super-LumiNova®
Metallic black baton-type arrow-tipped date hand
Metallic black baton-type central seconds hand
Railway track minute circle
Functions and displays
Central display of the hours, minutes, seconds and date
Cities display on the outer dial disc
Disc-type GMT function display
Crown at 2 o’clock serving to adjust the date and time of the second time zone
Crown at 4 o’clock serving to adjust the cities disc
Strap and buckle
Vegan-certified fabric-patterned rubber strap with grey stitching
Ceramised titanium pin buckle