Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Limited Edition in Ethical 18-Carat Yellow Gold

The new L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer timepiece from Manufacture Chopard boasts an exceptionally refined 18-carat hand-guilloché dial, framed by an ethical 18-carat yellow gold case.

Limited to 50 pieces, this 40 mm watch with a Forest Green dial is chronometer-certified and bears the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. It also incorporates a hinged officer-type back cover inspired by vintage pocket watches.

The honeycomb motif appearing on the outside of the back cover matches that of the dial, naturally catching the light and capturing the gaze. A closer look reveals the true nature of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer watch, when the wearer presses the crown to open the back cover concealing its sapphire crystal case-back. It opens via an ingenious spring system and remains in that position.

Officer-type back covers served to protect pocket watch glasses, as well as providing space for unique and personalised engravings.

The Forest Green dial of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer timepiece is crafted on a solid gold base. Its outer section is sunburst satin-brushed and its small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock is finely snailed. A hand-guilloché honeycomb motif adorns the central part, a motif appearing in an enlarged version on the outside of the back cover.

The inside of the back cover protecting the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer picks up the hand-engraving of the beehive and bees, with the latter appearing in a random manner that ensures each model is truly unique.

A single press on the crown-integrated pusher of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer timepiece is enough to open the hinged back cover.

This slender cover barely changes the volume of the watch which remains a mere 7.7 mm thick, nor its feel on the wrist. It merely serves to conceal – inside the case in ethical 18-carat yellow gold case with its vertical satin-brushed flanks – the ultra-thin L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L.

In 1997, this innovative movement gave rise to the L.U.C collection by equipping the yellow gold L.U.C model: the first timepiece by Chopard Manufacture, named “Watch of the Year” at the time of its launch by the Swiss Montres Passion (Uhrenwelt) magazine.

The L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer watch proudly bears the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. These criteria apply to the case and the movement, including structural elements, precision and the omnipresence of superlative surface finishing.

The L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L is equipped with an engraved micro-rotor in ethical 22-carat gold, whose high inertia optimises its efficiency. It supplies two barrels stacked in accordance with Chopard’s Twin technology and guaranteeing a 65-hour power reserve. These enable L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L to beat with chronometer-certified precision.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Limited Edition in Ethical 18-Carat Gold
Ref. 161242-0001

Ethical 18-carat yellow gold
Total diameter 40.00 mm
Thickness 7.70 mm
Water resistance 30 metres
Crown in ethical 18-carat yellow gold with L.U.C logo 5.00 mm
Vertical satin-brushed flanks and inter-horn space
Polished bezel and case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back protected by a crown-activated hinged cover
Inside of back cover bears the historical Chopard Manufacture logo
Outside of back cover adorned with a hand-guilloché honeycomb motif

Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.01-L
Total diameter 27.4 mm
Thickness 3.30 mm
Number of jewels 29
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 65 hours
Winding via a micro-rotor in ethical 22-carat gold
Two barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève

Dial and hands
Forest Green dial in 18-carat gold
Chapter ring with sunburst satin-brushed decoration centred around the Chopard logo
Hand-guilloché honeycomb motif
Gilded Dauphine-type hours, minutes and small seconds hands

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock
Stop-seconds function

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap with green alligator lining
Pin buckle in ethical 18-carat yellow gold

Limited edition of 50 pieces