To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its creation, Chopard Manufacture presents its first jumping-hour timepiece: the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25. Housed in a 40- millimetre case featuring the L.U.C collection’s characteristically sleek lines and crafted from ethical 18-carat rose gold, its innovative and ultra-sophisticated L.U.C 98.06-L movement is equipped with four barrels based on the exclusive Chopard Quattro technology enabling up to eight days of power reserve.
From the movement to the white Grand Feu enamel dial on which the hours aperture appears at 6 o’clock, the entire watchmaking creation, issued in a 100-piece limited series, is produced in-house thanks to the artistic crafts mastered by the artisans of the Manufacture, thus ensuring a high level of finishing duly rewarded by the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.
The L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 is the first-ever jumping-hour watch made by Chopard Manufacture. Much prized by collectors, this horological complication is given an extremely pure interpretation in this 100-piece numbered limited edition combining an understated design with the technical boldness typical of the L.U.C. collection. Combining tradition and modernity, its ethical 18-carat rose gold case features rounded shapes inspired by the hunter-type cases of the pocket watches once designed by Louis-Ulysse Chopard.
The L.U.C 98.06-L movement equipping this timepiece is one of the few in this category of watches – which generally consume a great deal of energy – to offer up to eight days of power reserve. Thanks to the four stacked and series-coupled barrels based on the unique Chopard Quattro technology, the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 maintains a reserve above 190 hours despite the amount of energy required for the rotation of the hours disc.
Visible through a transparent arena case-back, this highly complicated mechanical movement with manual winding guarantees reliability and precision within an overall thickness of just 4.85 millimetres. The balance-spring is equipped with a Phillips terminal curve that precisely controls the oscillations of the regulating organ – a feat of which only authentic Fine Watchmaking manufactures are capable. The movement is also fitted with a swan’s neck regulator enabling fine adjustment of this calibre.
Equally noble both inside and out, the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 timepiece displays the time on a pure white dial, entirely produced in-house by Chopard Manufacture’s enamelling Artisan. Crafted on an ethical 18-carat rose gold base, this Grand Feu enamelled dial is fired several times at very high temperatures (820°C). It is then lightly polished to give it a gently domed appearance that creates unique light effects. Using black enamels, the Artisan then uses the same process to reproduce the “L.U.CHOPARD” logo along with the railway-track circle and Arabic numerals indicating the minutes.
The hours appear through an aperture positioned at 6 o’clock so as to ensure that the minutes hand does not obscure the sight of the hours change, which takes place instantaneously. The rose gold aperture frame accentuates the sobriety of the large black Arabic numerals showing the hours against a white background.
The high-quality work devoted to the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 has earned it the Poinçon de Genève. Governed by strict criteria of excellence, this highly coveted label is awarded exclusively to a few watchmaking creations whose beauty provides the perfect setting for a flawlessly functioning mechanism. It guarantees not only the quality, precision and reliability of the movement and the watch as a whole, but also ensures that the assembly was carried out in the canton of Geneva, the historical cradle of Fine Watchmaking.
Precise adjustments, wearer comfort and readability, movement bridges entirely adorned with the Côtes de Genève motif and finely bevelled components: these are the characteristics that make the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 a refined timepiece from both aesthetic and technical standpoints.
Model: L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25
Ref. 161977-5001 – in ethical 18-carat rose gold with brown alligator leather strap
Limited and numbered edition of 100 pieces
Ethical 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter 40.00 mm
Thickness 10.30 mm
Water resistance 30 metres
Crown in 18-carat rose gold with L.U.C logo 7.00 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case-middle and interhorn space
Polished bezel and case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back fitted with a glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Mechanical movement with manual winding L.U.C 98.06-L
Number of components 240
Total diameter 31.80 mm
Thickness 4.85 mm
Number of jewels 42
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 192 hours (8 days)
Four barrels – exclusive Chopard Quattro® technology
Bridges with Côtes de Genève motif and gilded engravings
Swan’s neck fine adjustment
Balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark
Dial and hands
Dial in ethical 18-carat rose gold – White Grand Feu enamel dial crafted by the enamel Artisan of Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier
Black transferred Grand Feu enamel railway-track minutes scale and Arabic numerals
Gilded Dauphine fusée minutes hand
Gilded baton-type power-reserve indicator hand
Functions and display
Instantaneous hours display in a 6 o’clock aperture
Central display of the minutes
Power-reserve indicator on the back of the watch
Balance-stop function enabling accurate adjustments
Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn matt brown alligator leather strap with cognac-coloured alligator leather lining
Polished and satin-brushed pin buckle in ethical 18-carat rose gold