Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

To support the Only Watch Charity 2021 auction, Chopard is offering a one-of-a-kind timepiece inspired by nature: the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch chronograph.

Bearing ultimate testimony to the expertise and inventiveness of Chopard’s watchmakers, the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is distinguished by its dial in Swiss granite from the Graubünden region, speckled with blue and green inclusions recalling the colours of the Alpine massif seen from the sky.

This unique timepiece brings two novel touches to the Alpine Eagle collection: for the first time, a case made of bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223 and a calf leather strap. Three patents have been filed for the chronometer-certified Chopard 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement that powers it.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

On the right-hand side, the chronograph pushers are subtly and discreetly integrated on either side of the protective crown guards so as to preserve the Alpine Eagle’s characteristic harmony of form and symmetry. The dial is adorned with a carefully selected natural Swiss stone quarried in the canton of Graubünden. Its blue and green inclusions have been chosen to evoke the beauty of the Alpine forests and lakes as seen from the sky by an eagle.

The addition of the black counters for the 30-minute, small seconds and 12-hour indications – respectively placed at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock – is carefully designed to highlight the natural hue of the granite.

To enhance the legibility of measurements, the dial transfers and the three hands linked to the chronograph function match these precious inclusions, as well as the tachymeter scale, also discreetly punctuated by blue-green transfers at the 100, 160 and 240 graduations. Divided into four steps, the scale features intervals varying from 5, 10, 20 or 40km/h per line. This arrangement facilitates the reading of average speed measurements.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

The Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is the first timepiece in the collection to be fitted with a black calf leather strap.

The extra-wide 44 mm-diameter case of the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is sculpted in Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy made from 70 percent recycled material and developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic properties and its robustness, as well as its incomparable brilliance achieved through a meticulous re-smelting process. In another first, this material has been bead-blasted, thereby creating an even nobler texture and accentuating the avant-garde spirit of Lucent Steel A223.

At the heart of the case beats a sophisticated chronograph movement manufactured by Chopard’s Artisan Watchmakers and endowed with a precision chronometer, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

Chopard Calibre 03.05-C has a 60-hour power reserve and also features an elaborate design guaranteeing accurate adjustments and optimal use of the timekeeping functions. Equipped with a column wheel, it represents the culmination of several technical innovations for which Chopard has filed three patents resulting from the daring approach of its research and development teams.

Firstly, it is equipped with a unidirectional gearing system that avoids energy losses while ensuring fast winding, a function particularly appreciated for chronographs which are known to be consistently energy-hungry. In addition, its vertical clutch mode guarantees an accurate start for time measurements. This chronograph calibre is also of the flyback variety, enabling smooth and seamless short-time measurements thanks to three elastic-armed pivoting hammers that facilitate zero-resetting the counters.

Lastly, the Variner balance equipping the Chopard 03.05-C movement ensures stability by compensating for its inertia variations throughout the period when the watch is in use.

About the Chopard Alpine Eagle collection

Devised by three generations of gentlemen in the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection is a modern reinterpretation of the St. Moritz, the first horological creation by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in the late 1970s. With its pure and assertive design, Alpine Eagle enriches this heritage with powerful inspiration drawn from Nature.

Featuring a round case with stylised flanks; a material exclusive to Chopard (Lucent Steel A223); a crown engraved with a compass rose; a bezel with eight functional indexed screws; a textured dial with deep colours and luminescent indications; and a seconds hand shaped like an eagle’s feather, Alpine Eagle radiates a resolutely contemporary look of refined elegance.

Chopard’s independence and integrated skills enables the Maison to perform the entire range of the collection’s production and assembly stages in its own workshops, from movement to bracelet as well as components and case.

Technical details

Model: Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch in bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223
One-of-a-kind model, Ref. 298609-3005

Case
Bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223
Total diameter 44.00 mm
Thickness 13.15 mm
Water resistance 100 metres
Crown in bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223 with compass rose 8 mm
Crown guards and pushers in bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223
Caseband in bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223
Bezel in bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223 with eight screws set at a tangent
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical movement with automatic winding Chopard 03.05-C
Column-wheel chronograph with integrated construction
Number of components 310
Diameter 28.80 mm
Thickness 7.60 mm
Number of jewels 45
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 60 hours
Annual balance with balance-spring featuring a flat terminal curve
Patented chronograph zero-resetting system with pivoting hammers and elastic arm
Patented seconds hand zero-resetting system
Patented vertical coupling clutch
Open-worked tungsten alloy central rotor
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Dial made of granite from Switzerland’s Graubünden region
Black counters with white transfers
Applied rhodium-plated numerals and hour-markers enhanced with Grade X1 Super- LumiNova®
Black inner bezel ring and chronograph counters
Rhodium-plated baton-type hours and minutes hands enhanced with Grade X1 Super- LumiNova®
Rhodium-plated, turquoise-tipped arrow-type seconds hand with eagle feather counterweight
Rhodium-plated, turquoise-tipped chronograph counter hands

Functions
Central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds
Semi-instantaneous date display between 4 and 5 o’clock
Chronograph with flyback function
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Stop-seconds function

Strap and clasp
Black calfskin strap with black bridle stitching and bead-blasted titanium inlay
Triple folding clasp in bead-blasted Lucent Steel A223

Chopard Happy Diamonds Joaillerie watch (with diamond-set, ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial)

The Chopard Happy Diamonds collection welcomes a new watch inspired by one of the Maison’s historic variations: a creation on which 15 dancing diamonds swirl around the dial in a playful game of hide-and-seek, at times hidden beneath a mother-of-pearl gallery, and at others cascading across the lower part of watch.

Combining the sparkle of diamonds with the shimmer of Tahitian mother-of-pearl, the Happy Diamonds Joaillerie timepiece shines with responsible radiance thanks to the use of ethical 18-carat rose gold.

Chopard Happy Diamonds Joaillerie watch (with diamond-set, ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial)

At the centre of this watch crafted in ethical 18-carat rose gold and adorned with diamonds and Tahitian grey mother-of-pearl with iridescent rainbow reflections, an inner round dial indicates the time by means of voluptuous leaf-shaped hands. It is surrounded by an outer dial providing a playground for 15 dancing diamonds.

Chopard Happy Diamonds Joaillerie watch (with diamond-set, ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial)

Nonetheless, the true feat of ingenuity embodied in this Happy Diamonds Joaillerie watch lies in a gallery placed between 9 and 3 o’clock where these daring diamonds can temporarily remain hidden from sight. When they emerge from this secret passage, they cascade down the dial, playing an endless game of hide-and-seek with entranced observers. These dancing gems coexist in two different sizes thus emphasising the random nature of this sparkling waterfall.

Chopard Happy Diamonds Joaillerie watch (with diamond-set, ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial)

Further diamonds also catch the light on the outer bezel thanks to a particularly ethereal prong setting, making this jewellery watch a truly dazzling creation. Measuring 38 millimetres in diameter, the Happy Diamonds Joaillerie is presented on a grey brushed canvas strap, matching the colour of the Tahitian mother-of-pearl and fitted with a diamond-set rose gold buckle.

Technical details

Watch in ethical 18-carat rose gold with central ring and outer bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds, Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial enhancing 15 dancing diamonds. Grey brushed canvas strap with diamond-set rose gold buckle, making a total 4.75 carats of diamonds on this watch. Ref. 204035-5001. Chopard boutique exclusive.

Chopard Haute Joaillerie Watch Collection

Under their Haute Joaillerie collection, Chopard presents three unprecedented jewellery watches crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold. Each features a dial set with five dancing diamonds and framed by a tiara of marquise-cut precious stones.

Chopard Haute Joaillerie Watch Collection

Within Caroline Scheufele’s creative repertoire, jewellery watches stir very special emotions: the grandfather of the current Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard was already famous almost a century ago for the gemset timepieces in which he specialised. This gives an idea of the expertise cultivated by the artisans in the Maison’s Haute Joaillerie ateliers, which are now unveiling three new creations in ethical white gold, diamonds and sapphires.

Chopard Haute Joaillerie Watch Collection

These jewellery masterpieces also nurture the heritage of dancing diamonds, skilfully perpetuated since the Maison invented this revolutionary concept in 1976: five setting-free diamonds spin joyfully on their own axis as well as whirling around the watch dial. In passing, they offer infinite shimmering reflections of the light illuminating their facets, bringing to life a show that upends our vision of time.

Chopard Haute Joaillerie Watch Collection

The artisans of the Maison’s Haute Joaillerie workshops have set an array of carefully calibrated marquise-cut precious stones forming a ‘laurel wreath’ around this hypnotically charming dial. The first all-diamond version is complemented by two others graced with blue or pink sapphires. They are respectively fitted with matching grey, blue or pink satin straps.

Chopard Haute Joaillerie Watch Collection

Technical details

Haute Joaillerie Collection

Ref. 134994-1001: Ethical 18-carat white gold watch set with marquise-cut diamonds (9.92 cts) as well as brilliant-cut diamonds and graced with five diamonds dancing around its dial. Grey satin strap.

Ref. 134994-1002: Ethical 18-carat white gold watch set with marquise-cut pink sapphires (13.53 cts) as well as brilliant-cut diamond and graced with five diamonds dancing around its dial. Pink satin strap.

Ref. 134994-1004: Ethical 18-carat white gold watch set with marquise-cut sapphires (13.65 cts) as well as brilliant-cut diamonds and graced with five diamonds dancing around its dial. Blue satin strap.

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant (In ethical 18-carat white gold)

Chopard expands its L’Heure du Diamant collection with a new cushion-shaped watch, fashioned from ethical 18-carat white gold, graced with a mother-of-pearl dial and rimmed with diamonds. This creation features the emblematic tree bark-textured gold bracelet sculpted using a proprietary technique and beats to the rhythm of the Chopard 09.01-C self-winding movement.

Chopard once again demonstrates this wide-ranging prowess through a jewellery watch featuring modern lines and proportions testifying to the extraordinary vitality of its workshops. The cushion-shaped case with its curved sides endows this new creation with an undeniable sense of grandeur which combines with the unique bark-textured strap to revive the inimitable spirit of 1960s glamour, while embedding it firmly in contemporary aesthetic codes.

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant (In ethical 18-carat white gold)

The absolute purity of the diamond is majestically highlighted by the collection’s emblematic crown setting technique, which exalts the beauty of each of the gems by allowing the light to shine through. This ribbon of diamonds encircling the case lights up a delicate mother-of-pearl dial, which itself dotted with 12 diamond hour-markers. Mother-of-pearl with its shimmering reflections provides an extraordinarily vivid mineral echo of the diamond mantle adorning the watch.

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant (In ethical 18-carat white gold)

The light also plays brilliantly across the tree bark-style bracelet featuring a texture, silky touch and impeccable comfort stemming from unique expertise. Inspired by the plant world, its extremely fine veins lend a special vibrancy to the bracelet, and thanks to a close-knit weave giving the ethical 18-carat white gold an incomparably supple and light feel.

It follows the curve of the wrist without ever snagging on the fabric of the wearer’s sleeve. This entirely hand-crafted goldwork technique was developed by the Scheufele family in the 1960s. It epitomises the pinnacle of mental and manual brilliance displayed in this jewellery watch, the result of ancestral watchmaking and jewellery skills. This model is also available with a leather strap.

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant (In ethical 18-carat white gold)

Powered by the self-winding Chopard 09.01-C mechanical movement and a 42-hour power reserve entirely produced by Chopard’s watchmakers, this watch testifies to the complementary skills nurtured by the Maison.

Technical details

Model: L’Heure du Diamant in ethical 18-carat white gold

References
Ref. 10A386-1106 – with ethical 18-carat white gold tree bark-textured bracelet
Ref. 13A386-1106 – with black leather strap

Case
Ethical 18-carat white gold
Dimensions 30.80 x 30.80 mm
Thickness 9.30 mm
Water resistance 30 m
Ethical 18-carat white gold crown set with a briolette-cut diamond
Ethical 18-carat white gold bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds (4.44 carats)
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement Chopard 09.01-C
Number of components 148
Total diameter 20.40 mm
Thickness 3.65 mm
Number of jewels 27
Frequency 25,200 A/h (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve 42 hours

Dial and hands
White mother-of-pearl dial
Hour-markers set with 12 diamonds
Rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands

Functions
Central hours and minutes

Bracelet
Ethical 18-carat white gold tree bark-textured bracelet or black leather strap
Ethical 18-carat white gold buckle

Chopard IMPERIALE watch (with ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Green textured mother-of-pearl dial)

The IMPERIALE collection from Chopard welcomes a diamond-set ethical 18-carat rose gold timepiece. Its dial, adorned with the collection’s emblematic motif, is graced with gently comforting green textured mother-of-pearl, matching the leather strap. Beating to the rhythm of a mechanical movement with automatic winding, this natural-coloured timepiece is a true style asset for sophisticated women.

Chopard IMPERIALE watch (with ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Green textured mother-of-pearl dial)

Loyal to the collection’s aesthetics, the new IMPERIALE self-winding timepiece is reinvented in a soft green interpretation whose subtle shades echo nature in bud and bloom, easy on the eye and delightfully elegant on the wrist.

Chopard IMPERIALE watch (with ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Green textured mother-of-pearl dial)

The dial of this new IMPERIALE is adorned with textured mother-of-pearl. The softness of this exceptional material provides infinite nuances, drawn from the heart of shells harbouring their precious expressions. Its silky iridescence, its rarity and the singularity of its naturally wavy motif, endows each of these timepieces with unique character.

Chopard IMPERIALE watch (with ethical 18-carat rose gold case and Green textured mother-of-pearl dial)

The watch has a 36 mm case with a daintily diamond-set bezel. Likewise, the bezel, lug-covers, cabochons and crown are adorned with a generous diamond setting that accentuates the precious nature of this watch fitted with a glossy green leather strap.

Technical details

Model: IMPERIALE
Ref. 384242-5022 – in ethical 18-carat rose gold

Case
Ethical 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter 36.00 mm
Thickness 9.3 mm
Water resistance 50 metres
Ethical 18-carat gold bezel, crown, cabochons and lug covers set with diamonds
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical with automatic winding
Total diameter 26.20 mm
Thickness 3.60 mm
Number of jewels 25
Frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve 42 hours

Dial and hands
Green textured mother-of-pearl dial with IMPERIALE motif and diamond-set central decorative fillet
Gilded Roman numerals and gilded hour-markers set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Gilded cut-out sword-shaped hours and minutes

Functions and displays
Central hours and minutes

Strap and buckle
Glossy green alligator leather strap
Rose gold pin buckle

Chopard IMPERIALE in Ethical 18-carat Rose Gold, Boutique Exclusive

Synonymous with femininity and elegance, the IMPERIALE collection welcomes a diamond-set ethical 18-carat rose gold timepiece. Its dial, adorned with the collection’s emblematic motif, is graced with refined guilloché work testifying to the expertise of Chopard’s finest artisans. Equally rich both inside and out, the IMPERIALE timepiece beats to the rhythm of an in-house Chopard 96.17-C movement with automatic winding.

Chopard IMPERIALE in Ethical 18-carat Rose Gold, Boutique Exclusive

Loyal to the collection aesthetic, the new IMPERIALE timepiece is reinvented in an original version imbued with nobility and femininity. The expertise and creativity of Chopard’s artisans enable the silver-toned dial to radiate a mesmerising aura thanks to delicate hand guilloché work.

Chopard IMPERIALE in Ethical 18-carat Rose Gold, Boutique Exclusive

The collection’s emblematic arabesque motif is concentrically repeated in the centre, surrounded by a decorative fillet of diamonds of different sizes. This perfectly legible dial depicts the passing of time with hands sweeping over four gilded Roman numerals and eight diamond-set hour-markers.

The 36 mm-diameter case is crafted from ethical 18-carat rose gold. The generous diamond setting adorning the bezel, lug-covers, cabochons and crown accentuates the precious nature of this timepiece fitted with a burgundy leather strap.

Chopard IMPERIALE in Ethical 18-carat Rose Gold, Boutique Exclusive

The Chopard 96.17-C in-house movement with automatic winding powering this IMPERIALE timepiece is revealed in all its mechanical majesty through the transparent case-back. This calibre features a bidirectional micro-rotor made of tungsten alloy and is equipped with Chopard Twin Technology barrels ensuring a 65-hour power reserve.

Despite its 172 components driving the hours and minutes indication, the movement remains extremely thin at just 3.3 mm.

Chopard IMPERIALE in Ethical 18-carat Rose Gold, Boutique Exclusive

The IMPERIALE collection

Inspired by the nobility and beauty of great empires, the IMPERIALE collection has become a central element in the Chopard watchmaking repertoire. Its carefully designed proportions offer a subtle balance between classicism and modernity, combining rigour and strength with softness and sensuality. The collection’s sculptural silhouette is accentuated by refined details telling the story of imperial grandeur: sword-shaped hands, a crown like a lotus flower and stylised lugs reminiscent of ancient columns. IMPERIALE thereby showcases Chopard’s dual expertise in jewellery and watchmaking, symbolising an encounter between glamour and accuracy.

Technical details

Model: IMPERIALE
Ref. 385377-5001 – in ethical 18-carat rose gold
Boutique exclusive

Case
Ethical 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter 36.00 mm
Thickness 9.1 mm
Water resistance 50 metres
Ethical 18-carat gold bezel, crown, cabochons and lug covers set with diamonds (2.8 carats)
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical with automatic winding Chopard 96.17-C
Total diameter 27.40 mm
Thickness 3.30 mm
Number of jewels 29
Frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Winding by means of a tungsten alloy micro-rotor

Dial and hands
Hand-guilloché silver-toned dial with IMPERIALE motif and diamond-set central decorative fillet
Gilded Roman numerals and hour-markers set with chaton-set brilliant-cut diamonds
Gilded cut-out sword-shaped hours and minutes

Functions and displays
Central hours and minutes

Strap and buckle
Burgundy alligator leather strap
Ethical 18-carat rose gold pin buckle

Availability
Exclusively available from Chopard boutiques

Chopard IMPERIALE Moonphase (in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds)

The new 36 mm-diameter IMPERIALE Moonphase timepiece is crafted from ethical 18- carat white gold studded with precious stones. The dial of this technically refined and supremely feminine jewellery model is entirely made of aventurine. Naturally sprinkled with stars, this delicately spangled glass is graced with the five main northern hemisphere constellations.

Together, they serve as a backdrop for the most feminine watchmaking complication of them all: an astronomical moonphase display, orchestrated by the Chopard 96.25-C movement. Thus attired in deep blue and lit up by the fire of diamonds, IMPERIALE Moonphase offers a delicately shimmering interpretation of the lunar cycles.

Chopard IMPERIALE Moonphase (in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds)

After iterations in white gold with a blue mother-of-pearl dial, then in rose gold and pink mother-of-pearl dial, Chopard is enriching its line of IMPERIALE Moonphase timepieces. The highlight of this new version lies in the introduction of an aventurine glass dial with a celestial touch. Alongside the moon, the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Cepheus and Draco constellations stand out against dozens of sparkling diamonds representing the stars at night.

Chopard IMPERIALE Moonphase (in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds)

Chopard’s masterful flair for detail enables it to offer an unmistakably poetic vision of the lunar cycle. The dial of the IMPERIALE Moonphase timepiece consists of two blue plates made of aventurine glass, also known as goldstone and recognisable by its typical sparkling inclusions or spangles.

Chopard IMPERIALE Moonphase (in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds)

IMPERIALE’s characteristic bezel, lugs and lug-covers are set with diamonds totalling three carats, as are the central decorative fillets rimming the moon phase and the small seconds disc, both adorned with the collection’s iconic quilted motif. Like all the watch and jewellery creations emerging from Chopard’s workshops since July 2018, this new watch is crafted in ethical gold.

Chopard IMPERIALE Moonphase (in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds)

Its in-house made 96.25-C movement with automatic winding is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and features a generous 65-hour power reserve.

Its moon-phase display offers astronomical accuracy, reducing the precision error in the duration between two successive new moons (known as a lunation) to just 57.2 seconds, and hence taking 122 years to accumulate a mere one-day difference between the measured and actual lunar cycle.

Chopard IMPERIALE Moonphase (in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds)

Technical details

Model: IMPERIALE Moonphase
Ref. 384246-1002 – in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds

Case
Ethical 18-carat white gold
Total diameter 36.00 mm
Thickness 9.84 mm
Water resistance 50 m
Diamond-set ethical 18-carat white gold crown
Bezel, lug covers and lugs in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds (3 cts)
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical with automatic winding Chopard 96.25-C
Diameter 28.40 mm
Thickness 4.70 mm
Number of jewels 32
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 65 hours
Aventurine glass moon disc
Chronometer-certified by the COSC

Dial and hands
Aventurine glass dial studded with constellations
Central diamond-set white gold decorative fillet
Diamond-set white gold hour-markers
Openwork, rhodium-plated sword-shaped hours and minutes hands
Rhodium-plated IMPERIALE-motif small seconds hand

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Moon phases at 12 o’clock

Strap
Glossy blue alligator leather strap
18-carat white gold IMPERIALE pin buckle

Chopard Esperanza Watch (Red Carpet Collection)

Chopard presents a new jewellery watch, crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold and entirely set from dial to bracelet with emeralds and diamonds. Aptly named Esperanza, it is the first model in the new Red Carpet Collection.

Emerald has been greatly coveted since Antiquity and legend indeed has it that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was extremely fond of this stone that evokes Nature’s fresh bloom each spring time. Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie artisans have chosen to highlight this unique gem in the aptly named Esperanza jewellery watch.

Chopard Esperanza Watch (Red Carpet Collection)

Entirely crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold, it glows with the fire of more than 41 carats of Zambian emeralds spectacularly arranged in a mixture of pear-shaped and round cuts, complemented by glittering diamonds. It took the Maison’s artisans more than 515 hours of work to complete this jewellery masterpiece.

The Esperanza watch is part of the impressive Red Carpet Collection, the Haute Joaillerie collection that Caroline Scheufele designs each year as part of Chopard’s historic partnership with the Cannes Film Festival. It annually offers a number of jewellery creations exactly corresponding to the age of the Festival, meaning it will comprise no less than 74 creations this year. The Esperanza watch is the inaugural piece in this new collection, which will once again reveal the creative genius and daring of Chopard Haute Joaillerie.

Technical details

Model: Esperanza watch

Watch in ethical 18-carat gold entirely set with pear-shaped and round-cut emeralds (totalling 41.89 cts) and diamonds (totalling 6.38 cts). Ref. 104322-1003

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

The peony flower has been a long-term inspiration for Chopard’s creativity. Since 2014, it has taken a starring role in the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony series, a collection of breath-taking, limited edition Fine Watchmaking timepieces celebrating the variety of artistic crafts at the heart of Maison’s creative approach.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

For the new edition in ethical 18-carat rose gold limited to eight pieces, Chopard is marking the addition of the art of Grand Feu Enamel to its pool of in-house Métiers d’Art practices. In a design inspired by the antique decorative pocket watches found in the L.U.CEUM, Chopard’s museum in Fleurier, Chopard’s enamelling artisan has created a vibrant image of pink peonies blooming on a light green background.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

Visible through an open case back, the L.U.C 96.23-L mechanical self-winding movement is also beautifully decorated with Fleurisanne, an engraving technique perfectly mastered by an in-house talented artisan.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

The favourite flower of Chopard’s Co-President Caroline Scheufele, the fragile but fulsome peony is the traditional floral symbol of China, where it embodies prosperity and honour and is considered the queen of flowers. Regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage, and hence a regular feature of wedding bouquets and wedding gifts, the peony’s beauty and mystique has been celebrated by Chopard with a multitude of dazzling metiers in the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony series, including mother-of-pearl, gold engraving and paper cutting.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

A decorative technique practiced since the 17th century, Grand Feu enamel, one of Swiss watchmaking’s most prestigious traditional craft forms, is today perpetuated by Chopard and a handful of master artisans. The enamelling process involves the mixing of silica and crushed oxides to form coloured powders that are dissolved in water, before being delicately applied to the dial in minute layers.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

Between each application of a layer, the dial is fired in the oven at high temperatures to precise timings – a process in which the true intuition and experience of the artisan is crucial, as the rich colours emerge in the heat. Deploying skills passed on from artist to artist across the generations, it takes the enamelling artisan an entire week of work to complete each dial for one of the eight L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watches.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

As with previous L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony timepieces, the flower’s blooms are not simply confined to the dial but are exhibited in a virtuosic display of floral engraving on the gold bridges of calibre L.U.C 96.23-L – a slim Fine Watchmaking movement with an ethical 22-carat gold micro-rotor and two superposed barrels enabling the 65-hour power reserve linked to the Chopard Twin technology.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony Limited Edition

The engravers employ the Fleurisanne engraving technique that emerged in Chopard’s hometown of Fleurier during the 18th century. The technique requires removing metal from the surface to reveal a floral relief motif twisting its way across the surface. The background is individually dotted to create a grained surface that is rhodium-plated to contrast it with the gold pattern, creating an enticing two-tone effect. Each movement takes the engraving artisan a week and a half to complete.

Technical details

Model; L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony
Ref. 131944-5005 – in ethical 18-carat rose gold
Limited and numbered eight-piece edition – Boutique exclusive

Case
Ethical 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter 35 mm
Thickness 7.70 mm
Water resistance 30 metres
Ethical 18-carat rose gold crown with L.U.C logo 5.00 mm
Upper crystal with anti-glare and anti-UV treatment
Diamond-set bezel, sides, lugs and case middle
Polished exhibition back
Hand-engraved case-back surround

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.23-L
Number of parts 168
Total diameter 27.40 mm
Thickness 3.50 mm
Number of jewels 29
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 65 hours
Winding by an ethical 22-carat gold micro-rotor
Two-tone ethical 18-carat rose gold movement – rhodium-plated after engraving
Hand-crafted Fleurisanne engravings – peony motif
Two barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Balance spring with flat terminal curve

Dial and hands
Dial adorned with a peony motif crafted by Chopard Manufacture enamelling artisan using the Grand Feu enamel technique
Gilded Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes

Strap and buckle
Green alligator leather strap
Pin buckle in diamond-set polished ethical 18-carat rose gold

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Chopard Manufacture presents L.U.C QF Jubilee, the first L.U.C stainless steel timepiece with Fleurier Quality Foundation certification.

This anniversary creation is issued in an exclusive 25-piece limited series. Powered by its L.U.C 96.09-L movement endowed with the 65-hour power reserve linked to Chopard Twin technology and featuring a 39 millimetre-diameter steel case, a perfectly legible sector dial and a strap made of responsible calfskin leather – along with certification from both the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute and the demanding Fleurier Quality Foundation, the L.U.C QF Jubilee lays a new milestone in the history of Fine Watchmaking.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

An emblematic creation in the L.U.C collection, the Qualité Fleurier timepiece series is reinvented in a stainless steel 25-piece limited edition specially designed in tribute to the founding of Chopard Manufacture in 1996 and initiated by the Maison’s Co-President, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

This new 39 mm-diameter timepiece features ideal proportions and curved lines inspired by a L.U.Chopard model dating from the 1950s. The robustness of stainless steel – used for the first time in the history of the L.U.C collection for a watch certified by the Fleurier Quality Foundation – thereby offers a sporty and casual interpretation of the L.U.C collection, resulting in a look and feel entirely suited to the lifestyle of younger gentlemen.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

With its intriguing look hovering between modernity and vintage touches, the L.U.C QF Jubilee is adorned with a sector dial. Inspired by the Art Deco and Bauhaus movements this type of dial is built around several concentric circles enabling easy reading of the hours and minutes and has remained an undeniable success since its invention in the 1930s.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

Once favoured by naval officers who appreciated its clear legibility, the sector-type dial of the L.U.C QF Jubilee watch revives this trend around a silvered sunburst centre, followed by a chapter ring in Chopard blue punctuated by chevron hour-markers, and finally, a silver-toned railway-track minutes circle with transferred black markings.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

The small seconds dial is positioned at 6 o’clock. When night falls, the dial comes alive thanks to a Super-LumiNova® coating on the four main hour-markers, the round base of the chevron-style hour-markers as well as the spear-shaped hours and minutes hands.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

This timepiece is fitted with a brown calfskin strap featuring two blue bridle stitches echoing the dial. Time will coat this exceptional leather – sourced from a supplier guaranteeing responsible practices – with an elegant patina.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

A variant of Chopard Manufacture’s first calibre, the L.U.C 96.09-L movement that powers this L.U.C QF Jubilee timepiece is equipped with Chopard Twin technology featuring two superposed barrels wound by a 22-carat gold micro-rotor, endowing the watch with a comfortable 65-hour power reserve.

Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee Limited Edition

The precision of this movement with automatic winding, finely crafted and adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif by the artisans of the Maison, is examined by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), as evidenced by the Chronometer inscription appearing on the dial under the Chopard logo. In response to another criterion required by the Fleurier Quality Foundation, the reliability of the watch is also verified by the Chronofiable protocol: three weeks of ageing tests involving heat, cold and humidity, traction and pressure on the winding stem, magnetic fields, as well as recurrent impacts.

Once the watch has been completed in the workshops, it is tested one last time on the Fleuritest simulator. Specially developed with a view to obtaining the “FQF Haute Horlogerie quality certification” label, this machine faithfully reproduces the conditions under which the watch is worn on the wrist for 24 hours.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C QF Jubilee
Ref. 168613-3001 – in stainless steel
Numbered 25-piece limited edition

Case
Stainless steel
Total diameter: 39.00 mm
Thickness: 8.92 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Steel crown with L.U.C logo 6.00 mm
Polished case middle, bezel, inter-horn space and case-back
Exhibition case-back with glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical movement with automatic winding L.U.C 96.09-L
Micro-rotor in 22-carat gold
Number of components 172
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two stacked barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Chronometer certification (COSC)
Fleurier Quality Foundation certification (QF)

Dial and hands
Dial with sectors in a silver-toned colour achieved by galvanic treatment – sunburst satin-brushed finishing
Chapter ring in a blue colour achieved by galvanic treatment
Chevron-type rhodium-plated hour-markers at 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 o’clock
Rhodium-plated hour-markers painted with Super-LumiNova® at 3, 6, 9 and 12
o’clock
Spear-shaped rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands painted with Super-
LumiNova®
Spear-shaped rhodium-plated small seconds hand
L.U.C QF Jubilee – 6/6
Black transferred railway-track minutes scale

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

Strap and buckle
Brown calfskin strap with blue lining, tone-on-tone stitching and blue bridle stitches
Stainless steel pin buckle

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 Limited Edition

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.

Technical details

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

Case
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

Movement
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)
Jumping hours
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

Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black Limited Edition

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.

Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One Black Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: L.U.C Time Traveler One Black
Ref. 168574-3008 – in ceramised grade 5 titanium with black rubber strap
250-piece limited edition

Case
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
Exhibition case-back

Movement
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
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

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
Stop-seconds function

Strap and buckle
Vegan-certified fabric-patterned rubber strap with grey stitching
Ceramised titanium pin buckle

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono Limited Edition, with Grade 5 Titanium Case

Swiss luxury watch brand Chopard presents a titanium version of its L.U.C Perpetual Chrono, the modern grand complication that combines chronograph and perpetual calendar functions.

Introduced five years ago, the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono houses the L.U.C 03.10-L movement, a veritable horological marvel notable for its integration of the most prestigious chronograph and perpetual calendar achievements. Carrying both “Chronometer certification” and the esteemed Poinçon de Genève, this masterpiece is now available with a lightweight grade 5 titanium case.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono Limited Edition, with Grade 5 Titanium Case

One of very few titanium perpetual calendar chronographs on the market, the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono timepiece presents an innovative alternative for collectors seeking options besides gold or platinum, while retaining the sense of precious rarity found in watchmaking at its most prestigious. Titanium’s lightweight nature ensures the 45-millimeter timepiece is an ergonomic and comfortable watch for everyday wear, while the short lugs make it a perfect fit for any wrist.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono Limited Edition, with Grade 5 Titanium Case

The L.U.C 03.10-L movement was entirely developed and produced in Chopard Manufacture’s workshops and gave rise to four invention patents. The movement’s architecture is based on a construction reflecting the highest level of execution. At the heart of this mechanism, a column wheel precisely coordinates the functions of the chronograph, while a patented vertical coupling clutch ensures actuation that is light to the touch but utterly exact.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono Limited Edition, with Grade 5 Titanium Case

The flyback function allows immediate reuse of the chronograph without the need to stop and reset. When the zero-reset pusher is pressed, however, the instantaneous movement of the counters and central sweep seconds hand is managed by patented progressive-contact hammers that guarantee optimal precision. Finally, a semi-instantaneous jumping minute counter ensures the precise display of chronograph minutes. All chronograph functions are highlighted on the dial by red details.

The patented perpetual calendar mechanism, crafted so that its displays integrate perfectly with the chronograph functions, is no less inventive. In particular, the high precision orbital moon phase, a showpiece of the dial design at 6 o’clock, is accurate to just a day’s deviation every 122 years.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono Limited Edition, with Grade 5 Titanium Case

Testifying to its stature among the finest feats of Fine Watchmaking, the L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono timepiece is doubly certified as a “Chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) – denoting superior performance for accuracy and reliability under varied conditions – as well as by the Poinçon de Genève, synonymous with the highest levels of hand finishing and aesthetic quality throughout the wristwatch.

The movement, exhibiting a multitude of opulent hand finishes across its complex plates and bridges, is visible through the watch’s display case-back.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono Limited Edition, with Grade 5 Titanium Case

The elegant dial features a wide, twin-aperture instantaneous date display at 12 o’clock, with indications for the days of the week, the month, position in the leap year cycle and day/night display with a large orbital moon-phase at 6 o’clock. This highly complex but perfectly legible dial is a work of art in itself. The slate grey surface, created via a galvanic treatment on an 18-carat gold base, is decorated with a sunburst guilloché pattern.

With its subtle decoration, pared-back hour-markers and palette of soft greys with sporty bursts of red for the chronograph indications, the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono in grade 5 titanium offers a contemporary take on Fine Watchmaking in keeping with its lightweight casing.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono Limited Edition, with Grade 5 Titanium Case

A grey strap in soft, nubuck calfskin further strengthens the sense of a Grand Complication watch that is understated and versatile, yet utterly distinct in its finesse and beauty.

The new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is limited to 20 pieces only.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C Perpetual Chrono
Ref. 168611-3001 – in grade 5 titanium fitted with a grey nubuck calfskin strap
Numbered 20-piece limited edition

Case
Grade 5 titanium
Total diameter 45 mm
Thickness 15.06 mm
Water resistance 30 metres
Titanium crown with L.U.C logo 8.50 mm
Titanium pushers
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Polished bezel and case-back
Exhibition case-back

Movement
Mechanical movement with manual winding L.U.C 03.10-L
Number of components 452
Total diameter 33.00 mm
Thickness 8.32 mm
Number of jewels 42
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve approx. 60 hours
Perpetual calendar – patented mechanism
Integrated column-wheel chronograph
Patented return-to-zero device with pivoting hammers and elastic arm
Patented chronograph seconds hand return-to-zero system
Patented vertical clutch device
Nickel silver mainplate and bridges
Côtes de Genève motif adorning the bridges
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève

Dial and hands
Black rhodium-toned and hand-guilloché solid gold dial, with beams radiating from the date – Snailed silver-toned inner bezel ring – Red and black transfers
Rhodium-plated hour-markers
Chronograph and perpetual calendar function counters obtained by black rhodium-based galvanic treatment and ruthenium-treated appliques
Snailed-finish day/night and leap-year counters obtained by black rhodium-based galvanic treatment
Rhodium-plated Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes
Rhodium-plated Dauphine-type hands for the small seconds as well as the day and month calendar indications
Rhodium-plated triangular-shaped hands for the day/night and leap-year calendar indications
Rhodium-plated red-tipped Dauphine-type hands for the chronograph hours and minutes counters
Baton-type red-tipped sweep-seconds hand
Minutes track with white and red details

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Instantaneous large date at 12 o’clock
Days of the week displayed at 9 o’clock and months at 3 o’clock
Moon phases appearing in a rotating aperture at 6 o’clock
Off-centred day/night display at 10 o’clock and off-centred leap-year display at 2 o’clock
Vertical coupling-clutch chronograph with flyback function
12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock with semi-instantaneous minutes display
Stop-seconds function

Strap and clasp
Hand-sewn grey nubuck calfskin strap with nubuck lining and tone-on-tone stitching
Folding clasp in grade 5 titanium

Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black Limited Edition

The new L.U.C GMT One Black timepiece is a casual, monochrome take on the dual-time travel watch. It features a lightweight, ultra durable case in ceramised grade 5 titanium. Along with the new L.U.C Time Traveler One Black worldtimer, it is the world’s first travel watch to use this advanced material for the case construction. Produced as a limited edition of 250 pieces, this traveller’s watch houses the L.U.C Calibre 01.10-L, a dual-time movement entirely crafted by the artisans of Chopard Manufacture.

Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black Limited Edition

The L.U.C GMT One Black timepiece offers wearers total clarity across two time zones, with the local time displayed conventionally via the distinctive Dauphine hands of the L.U.C collection, and a second time zone indicated against a 24-hour track via a pointed GMT hand. For added utility, the two time zones are adjusted with separate crowns: the crown positioned at 2 o’clock manages the date and local time, while the crown at 4 o’clock moves the 24-hour disc.

Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black Limited Edition watch

The ceramised grade 5 titanium has a hardness of 700 Vickers (Hv). Used in areas such as aerospace, automotive and medical component manufacturing, this biocompatible material is friction coefficient as well as wear and corrosion resistant.

Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black Limited Edition watch withceramised grade 5 titanium

The L.U.C GMT One Black is a timepiece of great practicality in both its function and its versatile wearability. Styled in black and grey, with a strap in high-quality rubber processed like a fabric, it is suitable for any situation the wearer may encounter on his travels. The perfect dial finish, with a vertical satin brushed effect, is hand-crafted with great skill, while the strap reflects Chopard’s attachment to the highest quality.

Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black Limited Edition watch

Made in Switzerland, it offers huge versatility of usage thanks to its resistance to the effects of water or sweat, its high durability and its wearer comfort. 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.

Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black Limited Edition automatic watch

The L.U.C 01.10-L movement powering this timepiece is equipped with a GMT function. Made in the watchmaking workshops of the Maison, it guarantees a generous 60-hour power reserve, while the finesse characterising each and every L.U.C creation is expressed through meticulously hand-crafted movement finishing, visible through the display case-back.

Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black Limited Edition watch

As with all L.U.C watches carrying a seconds indication, the L.U.C GMT One Black is Chronometer-certified by the COSC for accuracy and performance.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C GMT One Black
Ref. 168579-3004 – in ceramised grade 5 titanium with black rubber strap
250-piece limited edition

Case
Ceramised grade 5 titanium
Total titanium 42 mm
Thickness 11.71 mm
Water resistance 50 metres
Two ceramised grade 5 titanium crowns with L.U.C logo and globe 6.50 mm
Sandblasted case middle, bezel and case-back
Exhibition case-back

Movement
Mechanical with automatic winding L.U.C 01.10-L
Number of components 262
Total diameter 31.90 mm
Thickness 5.95 mm
Number of jewels 31
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve 60 hours
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Dark grey dial achieved by galvanic treatment –vertical satin-brushed finishing on central part
Snailed chapter ring
Hour-markers and Arabic numerals painted with Super-LumiNova®
Circular satin-brushed GMT function disc, grey between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm – black transfers; and black between 6.30 pm and 6.30am – white transfers
Metallic black Dauphine-type hours and minutes hands
Metallic black baton-type hand for the GMT function, white arrow
Metallic black baton-type central seconds hand
Railway track minute circle

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours, minutes and seconds
Semi-instantaneous date display at 6 o’clock
GMT function displayed on the outer dial disc
Crown at 2 o’clock serving to adjust the date and time
Crown at 4 o’clock serving to adjust the second time zone – GMT function
Stop-seconds function

Strap
Fabric-patterned black rubber strap with grey stitching
Ceramised grade 5 titanium pin buckle

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Limited Edition in “Fairmined” White Gold

With its offset small seconds appearing at 7 o’clock, a signature feature of the Twist series within the L.U.C collection, the L.U.C XPS Twist QF in ethically certified “Fairmined” white gold – issued in a 250-piece limited edition – opts for controlled eccentricity and elegant asymmetry.

Like a woven cashmere necktie that reveals its underside, this timepiece has fun with the offset positions of the crown and small seconds, while incorporating all the fundamental qualities of the L.U.C collection. By taking its place within most of Chopard’s cherished certification programmes, the L.U.C XPS Twist QF displays a wealth of elegant characteristics. Fleurier Quality Foundation, chronometer certification, a case in ethically certified “Fairmined” gold: this timepiece goes the extra mile beyond aesthetic prowess to embody the most accomplished craftsmanship.

Within the aesthetic vocabulary of the L.U.C collection, the textures adorning dial surfaces are invariably centred on the L.U.Chopard logo, positioned at noon. Here, the visual focal point shifts to the small seconds at 7 o’clock. The effect of literally drawing the gaze elsewhere is amplified by the circular satin-brushed motif radiating out from this subdial and across the entire blue-grey dial surface of the L.U.C XPS Twist QF. Another transgressive feature is the fact that this is the only model in the L.U.C collection without Arabic numerals at noon, since the figure 12 is replaced by a double facetted hour-marker.

The words Qualité Fleurier appear beneath the name L.U.C, the spot where the Chronometer inscription is generally placed. With this new 250-piece limited edition, Chopard is giving fresh impetus to the dynamic of the Fleurier Quality Foundation which it helped to create.

The Fleurier Quality Foundation has established itself in the world of watch certification through its demanding criteria and the rigorous manner in which they are applied. Applied to the entire watch industry and currently the hardest to achieve in the Swiss watch industry, this certification involves passing five tests relating to five key qualities. Precision by ensuring that each model is submitted to the COSC.

Durability and reliability by means of Chronofiable tests. Precision in actual wear by spending 24 hours on the Fleuritest simulator. Fine craftsmanship, by meeting the finishing criteria of Haute Horlogerie. And finally, manufacturing 100% performed in Switzerland.

Calibre 96.26-L driving the 250 timepieces in the L.U.C XPS Twist QF limited edition is a variation on Calibre 96.01-L offset by 30 degrees. Like the original movement, it is distinguished by its slim 3.3 mm size, which in turn meant this new model could be housed in an exceptionally thin case. Its self-winding mechanism is powered by an engraved 22-carat gold micro-rotor the high inertia of which enables optimal efficiency.

Calibre 96.26-L powers two stacked barrels based on Chopard’s patented Twin structure. Together, they guarantee 65 hours of running time, an exceptional feat for an ultra-thin timepiece, and enable this calibre to beat with chronometer-certified precision. Its finishes are also particularly sophisticated, in that the aesthetic criteria comply with the technical specifications of Fleurier Quality Foundation certification.

Gold is a L.U.C signature here, since the L.U.C XPS Twist QF is crafted from a block of ethically certified “Fairmined” gold. It is responsibly sourced from artisanal mining cooperatives, where both the environment and miners are treated correctly, and to which Chopard pays a premium to be reinvested in community projects.

Chopard is currently the main global purchaser of “Fairmined” gold, which the Manufacture reserves for the production of its Grand Complication watch creations – such as the L.U.C XPS Twist QF timepiece – as well as some of its Haute Joaillerie models. Since July 2018, the Maison has been using 100% Ethical gold for the production of all its watches and jewellery.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C XPS Twist QF
Ref. 161945-1001- in 18-carat ethically certified “Fairmined” white gold
250-piece limited edition

Case
18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 40.00 mm
Thickness: 7.70 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
18-carat white gold crown offset at 4 o’clock with L.U.C logo: 5.00 mm
Vertical satin-brushed flanks and inter-horn spaces
Polished bezel and case-back
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.26-L
Number of components: 172
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two barrels –Twin® technology
Winding via a 22-carat gold winding rotor
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Chronometer certified (COSC)
Fleurier Quality Foundation certified (FQF)

Dial
Dial with satin-brushed sunburst motif centred on the small seconds, blue-grey galvanic treatment
Rhodium-plated Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands
Rhodium-plated Dauphine fusée-type small seconds hand

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Offset small seconds at 6 o’clock
Semi-instantaneous aperture-type date display

Strap
Hand-sewn matt blue-grey plant-dyed CITES-certified alligator leather strap, with cognac-coloured alligator leather lining
18-carat white gold pin buckle

Chopard L.U.C XP, Stainless Steel Version with Navy Blue Dial

Elementary without being basic, devoid of artifice and yet brimming with contrasts, the new L.U.C XP timepiece embodies the purity of design that characterises the L.U.C. collection. Its natural, casual elegance lies in the details. The texture of its dial, the virgin wool of its strap, the brilliance of its hour-markers, along with its slender shape, all reflect the tradition of Savile Row tailors.

Two hands, no seconds, no date, just the essentials. L.U.C XP is the quintessence of Chopard Haute Horlogerie. Attired in steel and enhanced by a satin blue dial with rose gold accents, this ultra-thin, ultra-chic timepiece is much more sophisticated than one might think at first glance.

 

L.U.C. watchmaking is the sum of details, all of which must be perfectly thought out and executed, without the work involved being felt. This is how the natural elegance of L.U.C XP is expressed, and this timepiece takes its place on the wrist as if it had been made to measure. An extension of the Savile Row spirit that underlies L.U.C. creations, the search for perfect proportions and a perfect fit are conveyed through the lines of the L.U.C XP steel case.

With its 40 mm frame, it suits all wrist sizes. At only 7.2 mm thick, it is an ideal match for every well-dressed man’s wardrobe: a cotton poplin or linen shirt, whether lightweight or 8-thread knit, as well as short or long-sleeved polo shirt.

The L.U.C XP also expresses itself through its assertive character. There is something nonchalant about this intense blue dial, whose depth is enhanced by the texture of its surface. Deeply satin-brushed, it adopts a modern matt finish, while the applied hour-markers, two hands and Arabic numerals shine with a delightfully warm glow.

Thus, apparently stripped down yet endowed with a wealth of substance, the L.U.C XP dial both deceives and delights the eye, like a semi-plain fabric, a miniature houndstooth motif, a tone-on-tone Prince of Wales check.

For the third consecutive year, Chopard is presenting a timepiece from its couture capsule collections. L.U.C XP comes fitted with a merino wool strap, made from a breed of sheep renowned for the finesse of the yarn it produces. In addition, a cognac alligator leather strap with brown alligator lining is included.

Dyed in deep blue, the braided fabric is a natural follow-on from the blue cashmere strap launched in 2017 on a previous L.U.C XP model and the embossed leather one introduced in 2018 with the L.U.C Quattro.

With L.U.C XP, Chopard has created a rare watch, without making it a limited edition. The necessarily modern quantities of L.U.C collections are dictated by the rhythm of their introduction, as well as the care lavished on crafting them. This natural exclusivity, free of any deliberate effects or artifice, is rooted in the philosophy of Chopard Haute Horlogerie and its artisan-driven approach.

L.U.C XP is equipped with an ultra-thin L.U.C Calibre 96.53-L, a movement finished in accordance with the high standards upheld by Chopard Manufacture. Its automatic winding is carried out by an engraved tungsten micro rotor, the substantial weight of which optimises the winding power. It feeds two superposed barrels, based on Chopard’s patented Twin architecture. Together, they guarantee the L.U.C XP a generous 58 hours of autonomy.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C XP in stainless steel
Ref. 168592-3002 – in stainless steel

Case
Stainless steel
Total diameter: 40.00 mm
Thickness: 7.20 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Stainless steel crown with L.U.C logo: 5.00 mm
Vertical satin-brushed flanks and interhorn spaces, polished bezel and caseback
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Transparent sapphire exhibition back

Movement
Self-winding movement L.U.C 96.53-L
Number of components: 172
Total diameter: 27.4 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 58 hours
Two barrels –Twin® technology
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Black engravings

Dial and hands
Navy blue dial, vertical satin-brushed finishes
Applied rose gold-plated numerals and hour-markers
Applied rose gold-plated Dauphine-fusée hands

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes

Strap
Stainless steel pin buckle
Blue merino wool strap with brown alligator leather lining, hand-sewn
Second strap included, in cognac-coloured alligator leather with brown alligator leather lining, hand-sewn

Chopard L.U.C Quattro, New Model White Gold Case with Grey-Green Dial

The elegant L.U.C Quattro timepiece with its extremely generous power reserve continues its ongoing transformation. With its vertical satin-brushed green dial framed by a white gold case, L.U.C Quattro expresses a subtly different spirit through a dial radiating an aura of extreme distinction. Far removed from the bottle- or olive-green shades favoured by current trends, Chopard has opted for a greyish hue directly inspired by English tastes such as those pervading private clubs, along with a formal yet eccentric aura of elegance. This 50-piece limited model is intended for gentlemen well- acquainted with watchmaking secrets and capable of recognising the inherent L.U.C fine craftsmanship.

Chopard, L.U.C QUATTRO

L.U.C Quattro is one of the major players in the L.U.C collection. This mainstay of Chopard Manufacture is powered by a peerlessly slender top-flight calibre with a nine-day power reserve, Above and beyond its horological performance, the new L.U.C Quattro timepiece is a distinguished, epicurean attribute designed for the contemporary gentleman. The modern spirit of its redesigned dial, its unique colour and its ‘Poinçon de Genève’ certification make this a chronometer intended to be worn, flaunted and admired.

Building on the success achieved by the new L.U.C Quattro design unveiled in 2018, this elegant, ultra-slim timepiece welcomes a new pared-down dial entirely in tune with the times. After a 2018 edition featuring a silver-toned vertical satin-brushed dial with blue hands and hour-markers framed by a rose gold case, it now appears attired in white gold. At its heart is a grey-green vertical satin-brushed dial punctuated by rhodium-plated hour-markers and Arabic numerals. L.U.C Quattro is issued in a 50-piece limited series, fitted with an impeccably chic matt brown double-sided alligator leather strap.

The 18-carat white gold L.U.C Quattro case measures 43 mm in diameter. Its middle is satin-brushed, its bezel polished and its back finely hand-engraved. All the scrupulous attention required by the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark has been lavished on this model featuring a subdial displaying both small seconds and the date at 6 o’clock, exactly opposite the 12 o’clock power-reserve indicator graduated from 1 to 9. An iconic L.U.C Quattro signature, the latter is shaped like a fan unfurled to 180 degrees.

The chapter ring is punctuated by two large Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock, with applied rhodium-plated hour-markers in between. Their shape is an extrapolation of the L.U.C collection’s characteristic Dauphine fusée-type hands, enhanced in this instance with Super-LumiNovaTM.


Beating inside the L.U.C Quattro is one of the original Chopard Manufacture movements: Calibre 98.01-L, distinguished by the patented Chopard Quattro Technology. Its two pairs of stacked barrels endow this certified chronometer with a maximum 216-hour power reserve, while taking up remarkably little space given that it measures just 3.7 mm thick – which in turn gives the watch an incomparably slim and elegant profile.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C Quattro
Ref. 161926-1002 – in 18-carat white gold with grey-green dial
50-piece limited edition

Case
18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 8.84 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
18-carat white gold crown with L.U.C logo: 6.50 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Polished bezel and case-back, hand-engraved case-back
Exhibition back fitted with glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound movement L.U.C 98.01-L
Number of components: 223
Diameter: 28.60 mm
Thickness: 3.70 mm
Number of jewels: 39
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 216 hours (9 days)
Four barrels – Chopard Quattro Technology
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Swan’s-neck index assembly
Balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
Chronometer-certified by the COSC
Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark

Dial and hands
Grey-green dial with hand-crafted vertical satin-brushed finishing
Applied rhodium-plated hour-markers and numerals
Opaline power reserve and snailed small seconds
Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands enhanced with Super-LumiNovaTM
Rhodium-plated baton-type small seconds, date and power-reserve hands

Functions
Hours, minutes
Concentric small seconds and date at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock

Strap and buckle
Brown alligator leather strap with brown alligator leather lining
Polished 18-carat white gold pin buckle

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl

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.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Dragon and the Pearl
Ref. 161941-5006 – in 18-carat rose gold
One-of-a-kind creation

Case
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
Exhibition back

Movement
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
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark

Dial
Galvanic satin-brushed sunburst ruthenium-coloured 18-carat gold dial
Hand-engraved decor
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

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds and tourbillon at 6 o’clock
Large date at 12 o’clock
Perpetual calendar
Power-reserve indicator on the case-back side

Strap
Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap with alligator lining
18-carat rose gold pin buckle hand-engraved with motifs inspired by Chinese iconography

Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin – The First Chopard Flying Tourbillon

With the new L.U.C Flying T Twin, Chopard is unveiling its first calibre equipped with a flying tourbillon. This technically and aesthetically sophisticated timepiece is distinguished by its remarkable charisma: a hand-guilloché gold dial, impeccable proportions and an ultra-thin case in ethically certified “Fairmined” rose gold make it a truly exceptional creation within the L.U.C collection. This extremely refined 50-piece limited series designed for contemporary gentlemen connoisseurs of Fine Watchmaking is certified by the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark.

 

While the L.U.C Flying T Twin houses an exceptional movement, it stands out first and foremost for the finesse and refinement of its dial. With a case measuring just 7.2 mm, it is the ideal complement for a Sea Island cotton shirt and a deliberately mismatched baby cashmere jacket. While undeniably chic and elegant, this new model in the L.U.C collection does not confine itself to a purely formal approach, thanks to its colour contrasts mingling the warmth of rose gold with anthracite grey.

Nestling inside its ultra-thin 40 mm-diameter case in 18-carat ethically certified “Fairmined” rose gold is a new calibre developed specifically for this timepiece and rounding off the exhaustive range of complications featured in L.U.C models. It is regulated by a flying tourbillon as well as being automatic, a double first for Chopard. This chronometer-certified movement also features a stop-seconds device which is extremely rare on a tourbillon and enables perfectly accurate time-setting. Testifying to the fine craftsmanship lavished on the L.U.C Flying T Twin, it also bears the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark.

The flying tourbillon of the L.U.C Flying T Twin timepiece is highlighted through a large-diameter aperture at 6 o’clock providing a view into the movement. The physical and visual lightness of the flying tourbillon is used to create a sense of transparency and depth, directly contributing to the exceptional personality of L.U.C Flying T Twin.

This opening appears in the solid dial hand-guilloché executed by Chopard artisans. A snailed motif appears around the chapter ring, while the central medallion is adorned with a honeycomb motif introduced on the 2017 L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer edition. Symbolising a beehive, it is a nod to the first logo used by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Finally, the ruthenium grey dial strikes a pleasing contrast with the rose gold hands and hour-markers.

L.U.C Flying T Twin is the first Chopard timepiece to house a flying tourbillon. Entirely developed, produced and assembled in the L.U.C workshops, it is distinguished by the slenderness of its 7.2 mm case. A flying tourbillon is characterised by the absence of an upper bridge and is naturally slimmer due to being supported from underneath. Calibre 96.24-L is just 3.30 mm thick, the same size as the first Chopard Manufacture movement, Calibre 96.01-L, from which it has evolved.

This horological feat in no way modifies any of its fundamental characteristics. Its diameter, its 65-hour power reserve – supplied by two stacked barrels according to Chopard’s patented Twin Technology – and its automatic winding via a 22-carat gold winding rotor are all in place. Nonetheless, the movement has no date so as to preserve the purity of the design and leave ample space for the tourbillon.

The L.U.C Flying T Twin is crafted from a block of ethically certified “Fairmined” gold. It is responsibly sourced from artisanal mining cooperatives, where both the environment and miners are treated correctly, and to which Chopard pays a premium to be reinvested in community projects.

Chopard is currently the main global purchaser of “Fairmined” gold, which the Manufacture reserves for the production of its Grand Complication watch creations – such as the L.U.C Flying T Twin timepiece – as well as some of its Haute Joaillerie models. Since July 2018, the Maison has been using 100% Ethical gold for the production of all its watches and jewellery.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C Flying T Twin
Ref. 161978-5001- in 18-carat ethically certified “Fairmined” rose gold
50-piece limited edition

Case
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter 40 mm
Thickness 7.20 mm
Water resistance 30 metres
18-carat rose gold crown with L.U.C logo 5.00 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle and
Inter-horn spaces
Polished bezel and back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal pane

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.24-L
Number of components 190
Total diameter 27.40 mm
Thickness 3.30 mm
Number of jewels 25
Frequency 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve 65 hours
Flying tourbillon performing one rotation per minute
Two barrels – Chopard Twin Technology
Winding via an engraved 22-carat gold micro-rotor
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève pattern
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark

Dial and hands
Solid gold dial with grey ruthenium surface achieved by galvanic treatment
Snailed chapter ring with concentric circles
Railway-type minutes track
Applied hour-markers and tourbillon ring gilded with 18-carat rose gold
Central medallion with hand-guilloché honeycomb motif
Gilded Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands
White triangle-shaped small seconds hand affixed to the flying tourbillon carriage

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds appearing at 6 o’clock on the flying tourbillon carriage

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn plant-dyed matt black alligator leather strap with cognac-coloured alligator leather lining
18-carat rose gold pin buckle

 

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony

To create this new eight-piece limited edition L.U.C XP Esprit by Fleurier Peony watch, Chopard called on its Mains d’art (artistic hands). The dial is a dazzling combination of crafts such as gold engraving, transfer printing and mother-of-pearl cutting; while its movement – a 35 mm L.U.C Calibre 96.23-L. designed and produced by Chopard Manufacture – is entirely decorated with floral engraving, a now rare art that is perfectly mastered by Chopard artisans.

On the purple dial of the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch, eight peonies in pink monochrome shades reveal their fragile beauty. Featuring generous petals highlighted with white mother-of-pearl, they are like a silent burst of magnificence.

A favourite flower of Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele, the peony is also one of the most popular flowers in China, where its presence dates back to the 9th century BC. Cherished by painters and sung by poets, the peony was considered as the queen of flowers, an emblem of wealth and honour, which is symbolised when portrayed in a painting.

This incomparably beautiful bloom is a motif that the Manufacture honours year after year, interpreting the delicate flower in various ways by adopting a 35 mm-diameter ladies’ L.U.C XP watch for women as a medium of expression.

On the dial side, the bouquet of peonies stands out against the purple dial. The palette of colours of this miniature garden is as voluptuous as the flowers that the artisan has brought to life on the dial. A camaieu painting of pink hues, ranging from the palest to the darkest and even verging on purple, contrasts with the tender green of the leaves. The customary shading is replaced by light, since in order to render the depth of the petals, Chopard’s Mains d’art(artistic hands), did not shade the flowers, but instead highlighted their details thanks to skilfully hand-cut white mother-of-pearl appliques.

A mother-of-pearl made from the most beautiful shells as Chopard selects only the best quality mother-of-pearl. An 18-carat rose gold butterfly cannot resist the call and is about to land on the heart of a flower.

The movement side reveals the L.U.C Calibre 96.-23-L, entirely hand-engraved using the delicate art of Fleurisanne engraving. This decorative technique enjoyed its heyday in the 19th century, when artisans expressed their dedication to perfection by engraving movements with dainty scrolling patterns and floral motifs. The Maison Chopard consequently decided to restore the noble reputation of this patient and accurate art form.

Discovering the engraved movement of an 1870 carriage watch inspired Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufeleto revive a rare craft and convinced him to engrave some of the L.U.C. movements in the Fleurier style.

The artist first drew the motif freehand on the movement bridges, subsequently marking it with an engraving tip, before patiently removing the material surrounding it, making the peonies appear, like precious sculptures, in bas-relief. Their delicate petals seem ready to quiver at the slightest breath of wind. But the picture could not be complete without the profuse foliage that casually teases the beautiful symmetry of the flowers. The background is then finely chased, dot by dot, and the floral motifs are polished. This contrast between the matt material and the brilliant motifs brings the calibre to life and embellishes time. Once the engraving is finished, the movement is rhodium-plated, giving birth to a two-tone work imbued with distinctive elegance.

The diamonds set on the bezel and case middle set the crowning touch to this miniature work of art and highlight the work of each craftsman. This timepiece is an alliance of crafts, from the master watchmaker to gemsetters and jewellers, right the way through to the artist who engraves the movement, the painter who creates the miniatures by hand, and all the craftspeople who decorate and polish down to the smallest screw, the tiniest apparently insignificant detail. This exceptional watch is issued in an eight-piece limited edition and will be sold exclusively in Chopard boutiques.

The new L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony has taken this exceptional path, notably leading it to be powered bythe L.U.C Calibre 96-23-L equipped with patented Twin technology, meaning two stacked coaxial barrels delivering a 65-hour power reserve. Housing such a self-winding movement within an ultra-thin 7.50 mm case is a true feat. It was made possible by an ingenious construction with a micro-rotor that may be admired through the exhibition back of this fascinating timepiece issued in 18-carat rose gold.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony
Ref. 131944-5004 –in 18-carat rose gold
Eight-piece limited edition – Boutiques exclusive

Case
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 35 mm
Thickness: 7.70 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
18-carat rose gold crown with L.U.C logo: 5.00 mm
Upper crystal with glare-proofing treatment
Bezel, flanks, lugs and case middle set with diamonds
Polished exhibition back with glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Hand-engraved caseback

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement L.U.C 96.23-L
Winding via in 22-carat gold
Number of components: 168
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.50 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two-tone movement in 18-carat rose gold – rhodium-plated after engraving
Hand-crafted Fleurisanne engraving – peony décor
Two barrels – Twin technology
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve

Dial
Hand-painted dial with peony décor
Peony made of white mother-of-pearl and butterfly engraved in 18-carat rose gold
Gilded Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes

Strap
Strap in pink alligator leather
Polished pin buckle in diamond-set 18-carat rose gold

Chopard L.U.C Chrono One Flyback

Chopard presents two iterations of L.U.C Chrono One Flyback watch: One with Slate-grey dial and second one with Khaki green varnished dial.

With 100 featuring a Titalyt® case and 250 clad in stainless steel, the two limited series of the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback watch is equipped with a calibre developed, crafted and assembled within Chopard Manufacture, L.U.C 03.03-L.

After several editions of L.U.C Chrono One chronographs with a 44-mm diameter, all made of precious metals such as rose or white gold, L.U.C. is taking its chronograph expertise to a new level and style. Featuring a more modern design and crafted from modern materials, the two versions of the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback measure 42 mm in diameter and 13.42 mm thick. Guaranteeing versatility and ensuring quality of construction both feature a case that is water-resistant to 100 metres.

In addition, the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback welcomes the aesthetic details shared by the entire L.U.C. collection: the Dauphine fusée-type hands enhanced with luminescent material; the faceted arrow-shaped applied hour-markers; the slender understated fonts; along with the L.U.Chopard signature appearing just below 12 o’clock above the Chronometer inscription testifying to the high-precision standards cultivated by the entire L.U.C. collection.

The first of these two new iterations of the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback is available in stainless steel, with L.U.C’s own finishes, namely vertical satin-brushed sides and polished bezel and lugs. The dial accompanying this 250-piece limited series is grey with a fine vertical satin-brushed motif. The result is tone-on-tone, chic, relaxed and understated. This modern classic is naturally complemented by a slate-grey alligator leather strap with a brown alligator leather lining.

The second version places the emphasis on sport and masculine pursuits with a play on colours that is entirely new to the L.U.C. collection. The dial is military green punctuated by steel grey hour-markers, hands and counter rims. The case is also dark and matt, thanks to the use of Titalyt® a material widely used in the aerospace, aeronautical and medical fields that is known for its hypoallergenic properties. It benefits from the natural lightness of titanium, whose hardness and abrasion resistance are reinforced by electro-plasma treatment. On the surface, the metal has changed in nature and colour, while its core remains as strong as ever. High-performance green Titalyt® also exudes an understated and undeniably masculine appearance, perfectly in tune with the desire to create a smart modern chronograph that plays on military colour codes and style, in the spirit of the times. This explains why these 100 timepieces are fitted with a double-sided brown calfskin strap.

Within the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback beats L.U.C Calibre 03.03-L. Inaugurated in 2007 with the first L.U.C Chrono One, this chronograph calibre from the Chopard Haute Horlogerie collection is operated in its self-winding version. After having been the subject of many very high-end variants, this high-performance calibre takes its place in a stainless steel or Titalyt® case.

While it combines the characteristic features that are the classic signatures of Chopard Manufacture, its chronometric performance is guaranteed by the COSC, a systematic certification of Chopard timepieces with small seconds, reflecting a clear commitment by Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Its generous 60-hour power reserve is amongst those practical attributes that make all the difference. In addition, it has been optimised to provide high-quality sensory feedback. The soft yet accurate activation of the broad pushers provides an immediate feeling of quality under the fingertips. Offering this delicate yet high-performance touch signals the innate elegance of a true chronograph

As its name implies, the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback chronograph features a flyback function enabling it to measure short times in quick succession by allowing the wearer to zero-reset the counters at a single press.

The calibre is also equipped with a stop-seconds device enabling highly accurate time setting; in addition to an open-worked 22-carat gold rotor, providing a clear view of the high-end hand-crafted finishing, while also optimising its winding power due to its high density. All these technologies developed by Chopard’s research and development teams are the subject of four validated patents attesting to the degree of innovation and fine craftsmanship of the L.U.C 03.03-L calibre.

Technical details

Model: L.U.C Chrono One Flyback
Ref. 168596-3001 – in stainless steel with slate grey dial
250-piece limited edition

Case
Stainless steel
Total diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 13.42 mm
Water resistance: 100 metres
Stainless steel crown with L.U.C logo: 7.50 mm
Stainless steel pushers
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Polished bezel and case-back, hand-engraved case-back
Exhibition back with glare-resistant sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement L.U.C 03.03-L
Number of components: 359
Diameter: 28.80 mm
Thickness: 7.60 mm
Number of jewels: 45
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Flyback function – stop-seconds function
22K gold open-worked rotor
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial
Slate-grey dial, hand-crafted vertical satin-brushed finish
Rhodium-plated hour-markers and 12 o’clock numeral
Rhodium-plated chronograph counters
Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands, rhodium-plated and painted with Super-LumiNovaTM
Rhodium-plated baton-type small seconds and chronograph counter hands

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Central chronograph seconds hand
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap
Slate grey alligator leather strap with brown alligator leather lining
Polished stainless steel folding clasp

Model: L.U.C Chrono One Flyback
Ref. 168596-3002 – in Titalyt® with khaki green dial
100-piece limited edition

Case
Titalyt®
Total diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 13.42 mm
Water resistance: 100 metres
Khaki green Titalyt® crown with L.U.C logo: 7.50 mm
Khaki green Titalyt® pushers
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Polished bezel and case-back, hand-engraved case-back
Exhibition back with glare-resistant sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement: L.U.C 03.03-L
Number of components: 359
Diameter: 28.80 mm
Thickness: 7.60 mm
Number of jewels: 45
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Flyback function – stop-seconds function
22K gold open-worked rotor
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial
Khaki green varnished dial
Rhodium-plated hour-markers and 12 o’clock numeral
Rhodium-plated chronograph counters
Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands, rhodium-plated and painted with Super-LumiNovaTM
Rhodium-plated baton-type small seconds and chronograph counter hands

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Central chronograph seconds hand
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock
12-hour counter at 9 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap
Brown calfskin leather strap with brown calfskin leather lining
Polished Titalyt® folding clasp

Chopard Happy Sport New Models 2018 – 25th Anniversary – Steel/Rose Gold Case with Mother-of-Pearl-Dials

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of its iconic Happy Sport watch line, Chopard enriches the collection’s repertoire of stylistic versatility with the strength of a self-winding movement specially developed by the manufacture. It also adds a precious and delicate touch with a pastel-coloured textured mother-of-pearl dial.

In 1993, Chopard Co-President Caroline Scheufele designed the Happy Sports watch based on an original and astounding association between steel and diamonds. In harmony with the spirit of the Happy Diamonds that grace its dial, performing free variations between two sapphire crystals, the Happy Sport soon became a powerful emblem of the Geneva-based Maison and of feminine watchmaking.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Chopard transports the Happy Sport into a new era. Firstly, Chopard has drawn on its watch-making expertise to endow the Happy Sport with a mechanical self-winding movement, the 09.01-C, exclusively developed for 30 mm ladies’ watch cases.

Further, the new models come with dials made from mother-of-pearl. The silky iridescence of textured mother-of-pearl and the singularity of its naturally occurring wave-like motifs endow each Happy Sport with unique character.

Dressed in a 30-mm case, the new Happy Sport edition is available in four versions: a blue dial with a gem-set steel case; a pink dial with a steel and 18-carat rose gold case; a white dial with an 18-carat rose gold case; and a white dial with a gem-set 18-carat rose gold case.

These dials are enlivened by the mesmerizing presence of five moving diamonds that appear to be whirling above the dial.

Technical details
Happy Sport

Movement
Mechanical self-winding: Chopard 09.01-C
Number of components: 159
Total diameter: 20.40 mm
Thickness: 3.65 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Models

Ref. 278573-3010 – in diamond-set steel with alligator leather strap

Case
Steel
Total diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 10.95 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted steel crown set with a blue sapphire: 5.00 mm
Facetted steel cabochons
Diamond-set steel bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back with screws, Happy Sport logo and glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Dial
Light blue textured mother-of-pearl
White transfers
Five moving diamonds
Rhodium-plated Roman numerals and hour-markers
Rhodium-plated cone-shaped hours and minutes hands
Rhodium-plated sweep-seconds hand

Strap
Lavender blue alligator leather strap
Polished steel pin buckle

Ref. 278573-6011 – in steel and 18-carat rose gold with alligator leather strap

Case
Steel
Total diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 10.95 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted 18-carat rose gold crown set with a blue sapphire: 5.00 mm
Facetted 18-carat rose gold cabochons
Polished 18-carat rose gold bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back with screws, Happy Sport logo and glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Dial 
Pink textured mother-of-pearl
White transfers
Five moving diamonds
Gilded Roman numerals and hour-markers
Gilded cone-shaped hours and minutes hands
Gilded sweep-seconds hand

Strap
Matt pink alligator leather strap
Polished steel pin buckle

Ref. 274893-5009 – in 18-carat rose gold with alligator leather strap

Case
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 10.95 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted 18-carat rose gold crown set with a blue sapphire: 5.00 mm
Facetted 18-carat rose gold cabochons
Polished 18-carat rose gold bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back with screws, Happy Sport logo and glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Dial 
White textured mother-of-pearl
Blue transfers
Five moving diamonds
Gilded Roman numerals and hour-markers
Gilded cone-shaped hours and minutes hands
Gilded sweep-seconds hand

Strap
Matt white alligator leather strap
Polished 18-carat rose gold pin buckle

Ref. 274893-5010 – in diamond-set 18-carat rose gold with alligator leather strap

Case
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 10.95 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted 18-carat rose gold crown set with a blue sapphire: 5.00 mm
Facetted 18-carat rose gold cabochons
Diamond-set 18-carat rose gold bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back with screws, Happy Sport logo and glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Dial
White textured mother-of-pearl
Blue transfers
Five moving diamonds
Gilded Roman numerals and hour-markers
Gilded cone-shaped hours and minutes hands
Gilded sweep-seconds hand

Strap
Matt white alligator leather strap
Polished 18-carat rose gold pin buckle

Chopard Happy Sport Oval Collection 2018

Introduced in 1993, the now iconic Happy Sport line celebrates 25th anniversary and Chopard is presenting this year an elegant model featuring an oval case that houses a self-winding movement specially developed by the manufacture.

The design of this new Happy Sport features a distinctive oval shape idealised through reinvented proportions. Drawing upon a sense of streamlined elegance conveyed through subtle upstrokes and down strokes, the bezel is slimmer at 12 and 6 o’clock, whilst more generous at 3 and 9 o’clock.

The Happy Sport appears in a version topped by an 18ct rose gold bezel. Its alligator leather straps feature a choice of colours ranging from noble royal blue to ultra-chic deep navy blue. Dancing endlessly across the silver-toned guilloché dial are seven moving diamonds embodying the Happy Sport signature.

An even more precious and exquisitely feminine variation replaces the diamonds on the bezel with pink sapphires, framing seven moving gems (two diamonds, two pink sapphires and three rubies) whirling across a dainty and supremely gentle mother-of-pearl dial. The final touch to this jewellery watch is set by a supremely elegant fuchsia pink alligator leather strap.

Chopard has equipped the Happy Sport Oval with a mechanical self-winding movement: the 09.01-C calibre specially developed for 30 mm ladies’ watch cases.

Technical details
Happy Sport Oval

Movement
Mechanical self-winding: Chopard 09.01-C
Number of components: 159
Total diameter: 20.40 mm
Thickness: 3.65 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: app. 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds

Models – Happy Sport Oval, Ref. 275362-5001 – with polished bezel and Royal blue alligator leather strap and Happy Sport Oval, Ref. 275362-5002 – with bezel set with diamonds and Navy blue alligator leather strap 

Case
18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 31.31 x 29 mm
Thickness: 10.77 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted 18ct rose gold crown set  with a blue sapphire: 5.00 mm
Facetted 18ct rose gold cabochons
Diamond-set or polished 18ct rose gold bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back with screws, Happy Sport logo and glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Dial 
Silver guilloche dial
Blue transfers
Seven moving diamonds
Gilded Roman numerals and hour-markers
Gilded cone-shaped hours and minutes hands
Gilded sweep-seconds hand

Strap
Royal blue or navy blue alligator leather strap
Polished 18ct rose gold pin buckle

Happy Sport Oval, Ref. 275362-5003 (Bezel set with pink sapphires, seven moving gems and fuchsia pink alligator leather strap)

Case
18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 31.31 x 29 mm
Thickness: 10.77 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted 18ct rose gold crown set with a blue sapphire: 5.00 mm
Facetted 18ct rose gold cabochons
18ct rose gold bezel set with pink sapphires and rubies
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back with screws, Happy Sport logo and glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Dial
White mother-of-pearl dial with silver guilloche center
Blue transfers
Two moving diamonds, two moving pink sapphires, three moving rubies
Gilded Roman numerals and hour-markers
Gilded cone-shaped hours and minutes hands
Gilded sweep-seconds hand

Strap
Fuschia alligator leather strap
Polished 18ct rose gold pin buckle

 

Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2018 – Secret Watch and Necklaces

The 71st edition of the glamorous Cannes International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 08 May to 19 May 2018. And when comes to fashion and lifestyle, no film show is complete without the Red Carpet event, which is the best opportunity to discover haute-couture dresses, jewellery and watches worn and by film stars and celebrities.

As a major sponsor of the film festival for the last 20 years, Chopard annually crafts the legendary Palme d’or, made from Fairmined-certified ethical gold. In addition, every year Chopard makes unique and glamorous jewellery creations from their Red Carpet Collection as a tribute to the Cannes Film festival.

Necklace in 18ct white gold and titanium, composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 459cts, and set with a pear-shaped aquamarine of 12.4cts, one golden pearl of 12.7cts, pear-shaped aquamarines, pear-shaped tanzanites, pear-shaped tsavorites, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut pink sapphires, brilliant-cut spessartine garnets, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut diamonds and brilliant-cut yellow sapphires. Ref. 818009-9001

Every year since 2007, Chopard Co-President and Creative Director Caroline Scheufele has been imagining a High Jewellery collection taking up the extraordinary challenge of releasing a number of jewellery models equivalent to the edition number of the Festival. Stemming from her boundless imagination and from the peerless mastery of diverse skills within the Chopard workshops, a complete collection of 71 creations will be rolled out this year, dedicated to the world’s greatest actresses for their red carpet appearances.

This year, the Red Carpet Collection is inspired by the many travels and dreams of its creator. With the Red Carpet Collection, Caroline Scheufele invites us into the secret world of her reveries and personal intuitions, offering a delightful, generous and mysterious revelation. She is inspired by anything and everything: architecture, art, literature and cinema. A tiny detail is enough for this fervent gem lover to dream up the most splendid – and above all most ingenious – adornments. Nature also remains a powerful source of fascination for her creative mind.

Secret watch in 18ct white gold and titanium featuring a black opal of 72cts and set with carved jadeite, turquoises, onyx, pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds, brilliant-cut emeralds and brilliant-cut tanzanites. Dial set with pink mother-of-pearl and chalcedony. Bracelet composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 235cts. Ref. 104422-9001

In an intriguing sneak peek, Caroline Scheufele agrees to remove three creations from this original collection from their precious jewel boxes. The first source of wonderment is an imposing bracelet composed of several rows of facetted tanzanite balls and a central motif dominated by a majestic, iridescent and mysterious black opal. A subtle touch slides the opal to reveal its secret: a finely wrought watch dial opening a window onto an oriental sky worthy of the finest Chinese lacquers, crafted from pink mother-of-pearl and chalcedony.

Pursuing the oriental dreams of Chopard’s Creative Director, a choker provides another vivid foretaste of this richly creative collection. Gently held by rows of facetted tanzanite balls, a central red-tinted titanium motif plays with a fascinating aquamarine, inviting observers to immerse themselves in its blue-tinged shimmer.

Further, there is a choker necklace for which Caroline Scheufele drew inspiration from the Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and the amazing clothes worn by 1920s women. This gorgeous white diamond lacework necklace features tumbling cascades of brown and cognac-coloured diamonds.

Technical details

Secret watch in 18ct white gold and titanium featuring a black opal of 72cts and set with carved jadeite, turquoises, onyx, pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds, brilliant-cut emeralds and brilliant-cut tanzanites. Dial set with pink mother-of-pearl and chalcedony. Bracelet composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 235cts. Ref. 104422-9001

Necklace in 18ct white gold and titanium, composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 459cts, and set with a pear-shaped aquamarine of 12.4cts, one golden pearl of 12.7cts, pear-shaped aquamarines, pear-shaped tanzanites, pear-shaped tsavorites, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut pink sapphires, brilliant-cut spessartine garnets, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut diamonds and brilliant-cut yellow sapphires. Ref. 818009-9001

Necklace in 18ct white gold set pear-shaped diamonds (38cts) and briolette- cut and brilliant-cut colored diamonds. Ref. 818044-1001

Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colours Watch Collection – Rosso Corsa, Speed Silver, British Racing Green, Vintage Blue and Speed Yellow Dials

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the partnership with Mille Miglia, Chopard presents a new collection composed of five Mille Miglia Racing Colours watches featuring national colours such as Rosso Corsa, Speed Silver, British Racing Green, Vintage Blue and Speed Yellow.

National colours for motor racing were first attributed in the 1910s. In order to identify the nationality of the competing drivers, one colour was allocated to each country. Bright red Rosso Corsa for the Italians, British racing green for the United Kingdom, grey-white for the German “silver arrows”, yellow for the Belgians as in their national flag, and finally blue for the French Bugattis and Talbots.

This provides a valuable explanation behind the historical colours of various speed machines. The fact that Ferraris are red and Aston Martins are green is no coincidence, instead stemming from the earliest great races, of which the Mille Miglia was one of the most popular.

This collection offering five different colours is an opportunity for unconditional fans of the Maison to acquire a collector’s model and to match their outfits with one of these dials or with the bodywork of their car. An original means of merging two consuming and often shared passions for fine watchmaking and historical racing cars.

These Mille Miglia Racing Colours are finely crafted 42 mm chronographs assembled by the Chopard master-watchmakers in 300-piece limited series for each dial colour. Their calibre beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and is COSC-certified, ensuring chronometer-worthy precision throughout the 42 hours of its power reserve.

The Mille Miglia Racing Colours chronographs are inspired by the cars that competed in the Mille Miglia between 1927 and 1940. The dials display optimal legibility thanks to broad Arabic numerals that are luminescent at night, as are the hands. The slim cursive fonts, as well as the counters, are inspired by the typical dashboards of the late 1920s and stand out by their silver-toned colour.

The sweep-seconds hand features a bright red tip to tick off the precious seconds of the race. The arrow-shaped Mille Miglia logo appears at 12 o’clock in the heart of the dial. A successful blend of precision, comfort and elegance, these watches are authentic auxiliary instruments for drivers hurtling along Italian roads, enabling them to race in true style. The chronograph functions serving to measure short times are complemented by the tachymeter scale, which is ideal for measuring average speeds, along with a date display.

Technical details
Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Racing Colours Edition
Five steel 300-piece limited editions

Case
Steel
Total diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 12.67 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Screw-lock steel crown with steering wheel emblem: 7.50 mm
Polished steel bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Steel pushers
Exhibition case-back with screws, Mille Miglia logo around the rim and special transfer featuring the traditional racing colours of the various nations competing in motorsports

Movement
Mechanical self-winding chronograph
Total diameter: 28.60 mm
Thickness: 6.10 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Chronometer-certified by the COSC

Dials 
Lacquered or circular satin-brushed dial bearing the traditional racing colours of the various nations competing in motorsports

– Rosso Corsa for Italy
– Speed Silver for Germany
– British Racing Green for the United Kingdom
– Vintage Blue for France
– Speed Yellow for Belgium

White or black transfers for the minute track
Black transfers for the tachymeter scale
Red Mille Migla logo
Arabic numerals painted with Super-LumiNova
Silver-toned hours, minutes and seconds hands
Rhodium-plated baton-type hands for the hours and minutes, painted with Super-LumiNova
Rhodium-plated red-tipped sweep-seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hours, minutes and seconds counters at 6, 9 and 3 o’clock respectively
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap
Calfskin leather strap with stitching reflecting the racing colours of the various competing nations
Rubber lining inspired by 1960s Dunlop tyre tread
Polished steel pin buckle

References

  • Ref. 168589-3008 – in steel with Rossa Corsa dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
  • Ref. 168589-3012 – in steel with Speed Silver dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
  • Ref. 168589-3009 – in steel with British Racing Green dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
  • Ref. 168589-3010 – in steel with Vintage Blue dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive
  • Ref. 168589-3011 – in steel with Speed Yellow dial and calfskin & rubber strap; 300-piece limited edition – a Boutique and Corner exclusive

 

Chopard Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition Watch Collection – 1000 Piece Steel Limited Edition and 100 Piece Limited Edition in Steel and 18-Carat Rose Gold

To celebrate the 30th year of partnership with famous Mille Miglia classic car rally, Chopard has created a special limited, numbered and COSC-certified Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition. There are two models available: 1,000-piece steel limited edition and 100-piece limited edition in steel and 18-carat rose gold.

In 1988, Chopard became partner and official timekeeper of the famous Mille Miglia classic car rally thanks to the keen interest took by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard co-president and a keen collector’s car driver. This partnership was the starting point for the popular Mille Miglia watch collection that is renowned for virile, sporty models featuring high-precision mechanics with a chic exterior embodying the spirit of the legendary Italian competition.

Created over 30 years ago by the master-watchmakers of the Manufacture in accordance with rigorous procedures, the Mille Miglia collection now welcomes the Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition. The engine-turned dial, the details of the pushers and crown, as well as the sapphire crystal case-back bearing markings celebrating 30 years of passion, all testify to the superlative degree of finishing lavished on this chronograph.

The layout of this 44mm-diameter chronograph enables the driver to keep track of time with one eye on the peripheral tachymeter scale, while the other looks out for any pitfalls the road may bring. This paragon of ergonomics highlights the three dashboard-inspired counters and their graduations displaying seconds, minutes and hours.

Water-resistant to 50 metres, the Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition watch not only handles extreme conditions during the racing, but also slides neatly under a jacket when it’s time for cocktails. The strap with its short lugs is particularly suitable, with the perforated red lined leather on top evoking vintage racing driver bucket seats and the legendary Dunlop racing tyre tread below providing the perfect grip. The analogies continue with a notched crown resembling a petrol-tank cap and pushers shaped like engine pistons.

The dashboard-inspired engine-turned dial boasts the red Mille Miglia logo at 12 o’clock, date at 4 o’clock, as well as the subtle touch of Super-LumiNova®-painted hands.

The engine powering this watch is a COSC certified, self-winding mechanical chronograph movement bearing 37 jewels and this Swiss calibre has a power reserve up to 42 hours.

Technical details
Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition

Model: Ref. 168589-3006 (1,000-piece steel limited edition)

Case
Steel
Total diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 12.67 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Steel screw-lock crown with steering wheel motif: 7.50 mm
Polished steel bezel
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Steel pushers
Exhibition back with screws bearing Mille Miglia logo around its rim and special transfer-printed inscription reading “Chopard & Mille Miglia 30 anni di passione”

Movement
Mechanical self-winding chronograph movement
Total diameter: 28.60 mm
Thickness: 6.10 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial
Engine-turned anthracite dial with white transfer-printed railtrack markings and tachymeter scale
Red Mille Miglia logo
Metallic black Arabic numerals painted with Super-LumiNova®
Azure silver-toned counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock
Rhodium-platedfacetted hours and minutes hands
Rhodium-plated counter hands at3, 6 and 9 o’clock
Rhodium-plated sweep-seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hours counter at 6 o’clock, minutes counter at 9 o’clock, seconds counter at 3 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap
Black calfskin leather strap with red stitching
Rubber lining inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyre tread
Polished steel pin buckle

Model: Ref. 168589-6001 (in steel and 18-carat rose gold with calfskin leather and rubber strap – 100-piece limited edition)

Case
Steel and 18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 12.67 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
18-carat rose gold screw-lock crown with steering wheel motif: 7.50 mm
Polished 18-carat rose gold bezel
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
18-carat rose gold pushers
Exhibition back with screws bearing Mille Miglia logo around its rim and special transfer-printed inscription reading “Chopard & Mille Miglia 30 anni di passione”

Movement
Mechanical self-winding chronograph movement
Total diameter: 28.60 mm
Thickness: 6.10 mm
Number of jewels: 37
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial
Engine-turned anthracite dial with white transfer-printed railtrack markings and tachymeter scale
Red Mille Miglia logo
Metallic black Arabic numerals painted with Super-LumiNova®
Azure silver-toned counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock
Gilded facetted hours and minutes hands
Gilded counter hands at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock
Gilded sweep seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds
Hours counter at 6 o’clock, minutes counter at 9 o’clock, seconds counter at 3 o’clock
Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap 
Black calfskin leather strap with red stitching
Rubber lining inspired by 1960s Dunlop racing tyre tread
Polished steel pin buckle

 

Chopard L’Heure du diamant

In the new L’Heure du diamant collection for women, Chopard captures the complexity and power of opal and presenting collection of three watches featuring vibrant natural Australian opal. Taking inspiration from the designs of 1970, two models from the new collection feature oval cases and the third model with a small round case completes this L’Heure du diamant trilogy, celebrating the perfect proportions of a classic archetype.

L’Heure du Diamant – Oval watch in 18ct white gold fully set with brilliant-cut diamonds (30.1cts) featuring an opal dial. Quartz movement. Ref. 10A375-1001

On all three models, the bezel is entirely paved with brilliant-cut diamonds. The most precious version extends its dazzling diamond setting along the bracelet, enhanced by two larger diamonds placed at 6 and 12 o’clock on the bezel.

L’Heure du Diamant  – Oval watch in 18ct white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds (4.9cts) featuring an opal dial. Quartz movement. Alligator leather bracelet. Ref. 13A376-1001

Splendid craftsmanship testifying to the virtuoso expertise cultivated in the Chopard High Jewellery studios.

L’Heure du Diamant – Round watch in 18ct white gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds (5.4cts) and featuring an opal dial. Automatic movement. Alligator leather bracelet. Ref. 13A419-1006

All three models feature diamond set 18 carat white gold case featuring an opal dial. The round case model is equipped with an automatic movement where as the timepieces featuring oval shaped case house quartz movement.

Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d’art Collection – Limited Edition Collections Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the Happy Sport Line

Chopard has launched four new artistic editions to celebrate 25th anniversary of the Happy Sport line. Produced in 25 piece limited editions, these four timepiece models are created by most expert artisans of the manufacture employing ancestral techniques and precious materials.

The glamorous Happy Sports line was introduced in 1993 by Caroline Scheufele (now the Co-President and Creative Director at Chopard), who then came up with an innovative watch collection by combining the precious nature of diamonds with sporty metal like steel.

Since its creation, the Happy Sport line has been perpetually reinvented, in step with the evolutions in style and in society. To celebrate the 25th birthday of this emblematic collection in due style, the Maison has called upon its “Mains d’Art” (literally, ‘art hands’) – representing its most precious talents – in creating four models constituting veritable works of art.

Happy Palm
As official historic partner of the Cannes International Film Festival, responsible for designing and producing the Palme d’or trophy since 1998, Chopard is now unveiling a model inspired by the prestigious award. Made of Fairmined-certified ethical gold – like the Palme d’or itself – and studded with diamonds, the Happy Palm reflects glamour and glittering style of the Festival.

Five moving diamonds and a miniature “Palme d’or” dance around the finely crafted mother-of-pearl dial. Masterfully reproducing the delicacy of a palm leaf, it is adorned with Urushi lacquer, a resin harvested in Asia from the eponymous trees and decorated using the ancestral Japanese art of maki-e (literally ‘sprinkled image’). Using infinitely accurate touches, the artisan traced and accentuated the dial motifs by dusting fine gold particles onto the still damp lacquer. No less than 170 hours of work were lavished on creating this dazzling plant-life motif.

Meanwhile, the case-back reveals equally spectacular artwork, since the L.U.C 96.23-L movement is adorned with slender ‘Palmes d’or’, hand-engraved using the Fleurisanne technique distinguished by its raised motifs. Using this rare art-craft, instead of hollowing the motif out of the material, the engraver removed the surrounding matter. The Happy Palm is paired with an alligator leather strap coated with 24-carat gold or entirely set with diamond.

Technical details
Happy Palm
25-piece limited series in 18-carat yellow gold
Boutique Exclusive

Case
Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.09 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted crown in 18-carat yellow gold; 6.00 mm; set with a diamond
Facetted cabochons in 18-carat yellow gold
Bezel in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold set with diamonds of varying sizes
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back secured with screws, bearing Happy Sport logo and fitted with a glare proofed sapphire crystal pane

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.23-L
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: approx. 65 hours
Nickel silver movement – with yellow gilding after engraving
Hand-crafted Fleurisanne engraving – palm leaf motif
Platinum oscillating weight – with yellow gilding
Two barrels – Twin technology

Dial
White mother-of-pearl dial with hand-painting crafted in Japan using the Urushi lacquer with a special motif inspired by the Palme d’or
Five moving diamonds and a moving Palme d’or in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold
Gilded, domed and conical hours and minutes hands

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Alligator leather strap coated with gold
Diamond-set polished 18-carat yellow gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 275366-0001 – in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold, teamed with an alligator leather strap coated in 25-piece limited edition – Boutique Exclusive

Happy Fish
Heir to a collection launched in 2002, the new Happy Fish watch stages a majestic gold and mother-of-pearl creature swimming in deep blue waters featuring delicate nuances created by snow-set sapphires arranged in subtly graded shades.

Gazing placidly at its surroundings through a red jasper eye, the dainty fish appears unperturbed by the seven diamond bubbles twirling next to it. Its gracefully flowing curves shimmer in the sunlight and are suffused with soft turquoise light when night falls.

Delicately crafted using engraving and inlaid luminescent pigments, the enchanting sight reappears with each new evening. A full 30 hours of work went into creating this fairytale tableau. The talent nurtured in the jewellery ateliers is also in evidence on the bezel, set with diamonds of three different sizes alternately arranged to create a softer effect, while the 18-carat rose gold case – paired with a royal blue alligator leather strap – beats to the tune of a self-winding movement.

Technical details
Happy Fish
25-piece Limited Edition in 18-carat rose gold
Boutiques Exclusive

Case
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.65 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted crown in 18-carat rose gold; 6.00 mm; set with a diamond
Facetted cabochons in 18-carat rose gold
Bezel in 18-carat rose gold set with diamonds of three different sizes
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back secured with screws, bearing the Happy Fish inscription and fitted with a glare-proofed sapphire crystal pane

Movement
Mechanical self-winding
Diameter: 26.20 mm
Thickness: 3.60 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours

Dial
Gold dial snow-set with subtly graded shades of dark blue sapphires with domed fish in luminescent textured mother-of-pearl adorned with bas relief engraving
Gold leaf decor, red jasper eye
Seven luminescent moving diamonds
Gilded, conical and domed hours and minutes hands
Gilded sweep-seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Strap
Royal blue alligator leather strap
Polished 18-carat rose gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 274891-5019 – in 18-carat rose gold
25-piece limited edition – Boutique Exclusive

Happy Snowflakes
This watch takes inspiration from the fluffy snow crystals .The powerful optical effect is perfectly mastered through the expertise of several artistic crafts, combined with high-quality materials. The mother-of-pearl adorning the dial comes from shells meticulously selected by Chopard. Subtle shades, iridescent shimmering and fascinating textures: every characteristic is carefully studied so as to compose a naturally shiny and luminous decor that is as lifelike as possible.

Highly skilled in the art of mother-of-pearl marquetry, the dial-maker has succeeded in tracing exquisitely slender flakes on this fragile surface, while others appear dotted on the watch crystal and the sides of the case. These hand-engraved motifs create a striking effect, instilling the impression of authentic snow crystals alighting on the watch before vanishing.

Aptly enhanced by the snow-setting technique, the bezel shines with dazzling radiance, very much like snow glinting in the sunlight. Guided by a blend of instinct and expertise, the gemsetters have carved out cavities in the gold in order to house stones that are individual adjusted as the work proceeds. The resulting sparkle is also accentuated by the diamonds spinning across the dial, accompanied by a moving snowflake.

Technical details
Happy Snowflakes
25-piece Limited Edition in 18-carat white gold
Boutique Exclusive

Case
18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.65 mm
Water resistance: 30 m
Case engraved with hand-crafted snowflakes
Facetted crown in 18-carat white gold set with a diamond; 6.00 mm
Bezel in snow-set 18-carat white gold
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal engraved with snowflakes
Exhibition back with snowflakes engraved on the sapphire crystal pane

Movement
Mechanical self-winding
Diameter : 26.20 mm
Thickness: 3.60 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours

Dial
Dial in snow-set 18-carat white gold with mother-of-pearl marquetry snowflake
Three moving diamonds and one moving snowflake
Rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands

Functions 
Hours, minutes and central seconds

Strap
Glossy white alligator leather
18-carat white gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 274891-1014 –in 18-carat white gold
25-piece limited edition – Boutique Exclusive

Happy Sport Joaillerie
Inspired by Venetian architecture, the timepiece evokes the splendour of certain buildings like the famous Doges’ Palace. The entirely gemset bezel is adorned with diamonds, arranged between slender white gold arches. The romance and timeless beauty of Venice are also expressed through the exquisite refinement of the delicately guilloché mother-of-pearl dial.

This midnight blue watch face bears graceful Roman numerals interspersed with diamond-set hour-markers. The watch is fitted with a royal blue leather strap.

Technical details
Happy Sport Joaillerie
25-piece Limited Edition in 18-carat white gold

Case
18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.65 mm
Water resistance: 30 m
Facetted crown in 18-carat white gold set with a diamond 6.00 mm
Snow-set bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical self-winding
Diameter: 26.20 mm
Thickness: 3.60 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours

Dial 
Dial in textured blue mother-of-pearl
Seven moving diamonds
Rhodium-plated hour-markers set with diamonds apart from the four Roman numerals
Rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands

Functions and displays
Hours, minutes and central seconds

Strap
Royal blue alligator leather strap
18-carat white gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 274891-1016 –in 18-carat white gold
25-piece limited edition

 

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike – “Fairmined” Non Rhodium-Plated White Gold Case and Silver-Coloured Dial

Chopard presents a new version of their award winning minute repeater watch L.U.C. Full Strike, which won the Aiguille d’Or (Best in Show) prize at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Part of the prestigious L.U.C collection, the most sophisticated mechanical chiming watch manufactured by the Chopard manufacture till date, is now available in a galvanic silver-toned gold dial edition dressed in a “Fairmined” 18-carat white gold case. It is one of the most innovative minute repeaters on the market.

The L.U.C collection already included the L.U.C Strike One model launched in 2006, which chimes each striking hour. The collection was subsequently enriched with a minute repeater, entirely developed, produced and assembled by Chopard: the L.U.C Full Strike in “Fairmined” 18-carat rose gold. This exceptional watch now appears in a new set of colours with a case in “Fairmined” non rhodium-plated 18-carat white gold, framing a silver-coloured dial.

The L.U.C Full Strike chimes the hours, quarters and minutes on transparent crystal gongs. These sapphire rings are an integral part of the watch glass, which creates a perfect loudspeaker faithfully to diffuse the chimes of the hammers striking the sapphire. This is a unique technical solution which is visible at 10 o’clock and results in a tone of matchless purity that is rich and full, powerful and resonant. The L.U.C Full Strike chimes as a silver knife were delicately tapping a Bohemian crystal glass placed on the table of a gourmet restaurant.

Behind this acoustic accomplishment lies one of the most sophisticated and inventive movements ever created by Chopard Manufacture. Almost 17,000 hours of development have been lavished on the development of calibre 08.01-L, which is subjected to three pending patents. Chopard has found all-new in-house responses to historical issues relating to the nature of the gongs, as well as to the operation and ergonomics of the striking system as a whole.

In particular, this movement comprises a series of security systems that protect it from all the inappropriate handling operations that can damage minute repeaters. Its crown serves to wind the movement in one direction, and its striking mechanism in the other. The L.U.C Full Strike thus accumulates enough energy to strike 12:59 – the longest time in the minute repeater repertoire – 12 times.   It is equipped with a double power-reserve indicator positioned at 2 o’clock and featuring two superimposed hands respectively indicating the striking-mechanism reserve and the movement’s autonomy.

The true strength of the L.U.C Full Strike resides in the fact that this impressive array of technical prowess goes discreetly unnoticed on the wrist, thanks to a thoroughly refined watch bearing the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. Pressing the crown-integrated pusher causes it to chime the hours, quarters and minutes.

Transparent sapphire crystal is the material traditionally used for scratch-resistant watch glasses. This very hard and homogenous material also boasts amazing acoustical properties that Chopard has succeeded in leveraging: typical minute repeater gongs are made of steel or gold segments which vibrate when struck, producing their characteristic sound. The L.U.C Full Strike is unique in that it is equipped with sapphire gongs. Moreover, Chopard has opted to step things up a notch, since these gongs form part of a coherent set.

The gongs and watch glass are in fact machined together from a single sapphire block. They thus form a single welding, glue and screw-free entity: a construction that is totally unique in watchmaking history and for which a patent has been filed. In the watch industry, similar to the world of hi-fi audio, breaks in material are detrimental to the transmission of acoustic waves. The perfect physical integrity between the gongs and the watch glass transmits the sound directly outside the watch, with all its strength and its singular personality.

Another proof of sapphire’s versatility is its perfect robustness. Even after tests in which it undergoes one and half million impacts with steel hammers, it does not break. The corollary of this hardness is the extreme difficulty involved in working with it. Machining such a tiny set of parts in such a resistant material, without breaking the connection between the gongs and the watch glass, called for tools that are both powerful and accurate. Machining the gongs/glass set alone required more than three years of development, representing a major technical and human feat.

The L.U.C Full Strike has its own unique sound signature. The sound it produces is not metallic, cold or abrupt, but instead full-bodied and truly crystal-clear. The gongs are tuned to two notes: C and F. Their chime lingers pleasingly, with a very low sound-deadening factor. The tonal richness boasts unprecedented amplitude, since this is the first time that sapphire is used as a generator. Sapphire also plays the role of acoustic amplifier.

Finally, the L.U.C Full Strike astonishes by the intensity of its chime and sound quality. Throughout the 16 seconds that the watch takes to strike 12:59, it chimes in a uniform manner, a result that is extremely hard to achieve and in itself represents an important horological accomplishment.

For a minute repeater, just like the musical notes, the silence part is important and Chopard has developed the L.U.C Full Strike with this in mind. The rotations of the strike governor – the component that gives the striking mechanism its rhythm – are visible at 8 o’clock. While this part may sometimes emit a humming sound, that of calibre L.U.C 08.01-L is entirely inaudible. While components used for the striking mechanism sometimes make a clicking sound at the end of the tune, the L.U.C Full Strike does no such thing. Finally, it resolves one of the most disturbing problems faced by a minute repeater: the silence between the last hours stroke and the first quarters stroke, which may vary according to the specific quarter-hour to be struck.

In simple terms, the minute repeater sequence comprises one time-window for the hours, another for the quarter-hours and a third for the minutes. A chime is thus generally punctuated by long silences, during which the watch owner must wait and may in fact wonder whether the watch is still working. The structure of calibre L.U.C 08.01-L enables it to skip these silences automatically. Its hours, quarters and minutes gear trains are superimposed and mutually drive each other. When one has completed its task, it automatically triggers the next, maintaining a constant cadence however many strokes are to be chimed subsequently.

Calibre 08.01-L is based on an exceptional construction. A traditional minute repeater is all about levels, with one layer measuring the time and another transforming this time into notes. The extremely thin new L.U.C calibre enables the L.U.C Full Strike to measures just 11.55 mm thick in all, a modest figure for a watch with an over 500-part movement.

On one side of the calibre, the barrel and regulating organ form a timekeeping ensemble with a 60-hour power reserve certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). In this respect, the L.U.C Full Strike meets the demands imposed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, who wanted the L.U.C collection to comprise Haute Horlogerie watches with certified precision. Contrary to tradition, the minute repeater mechanism is placed on the dial side and is thus entirely visible.

The L.U.C Full Strike steel hammers feature an individually modifiable striking force, thus making it possible for the watchmaker to perform fine adjustment of the acoustic intensity.

In order to achieve the enhanced power reserve so as to deliver sufficient energy independently to both time measurement and minute repeater functions, the L.U.C Full Strike is equipped with two barrels. Both are equipped with a slipping spring, as used in self-winding movements, in order to ensure that winding operations are not impeded by an overwound spring, and thereby protecting them against any risk of snapping. One stores up the energy required for time measurement and the other for the minute repeater. The L.U.C Full Strike therefore does not draw the energy required for the chime from a winding lever such as is generally found on the caseband. The energy is instead stored in a dedicated barrel enabling the movement to chime “the longest time” (12:59) 12 times in a row. The barrels are recharged by means of a large-diameter 18-carat white gold crown coupled with a differential gear, which transmits the force imparted by the hand towards the appropriate barrel, according to the direction in which the crown is wound.

The L.U.C Full Strike is equipped with a special system for indicating the twin power reserves, composed of two coaxially fitted hands. The first rhodium-plated one indicates the movement power reserve, while the other blued one indicates the number of chimes that can be activated. The latter indication is not there for information purposes only, since it also serves as a basis for one of the many security systems protecting the watch.

Chopard has equipped Calibre 08.01-L with three security devices protecting it from any handling mistakes. The striking mechanism power reserve is coupled with a semi-toothed wheel. When the reserve drops too low, it deactivates the minute repeater chime, thus ensuring that the watch cannot sound fully, due to the lack of energy.

Moreover, in order to maximise the striking mechanism power reserve, an ingenious patented device has been incorporated into the coupling-clutch of Calibre 08.01-L. During coupling and uncoupling, the regulator does not rotate, and only when everything is in its appointed place does the striking mechanism actually consume energy.

During the chime itself, the crown is disconnected from the movement, thereby making it impossible to perform any time-setting that could damage the movement. The activating pusher built into the crown is also deactivated at this time, since a second attempt to trigger the mechanism might otherwise force the striking mechanism coupling-clutch.

Breakage is not the only kind of risk facing a minute repeater movement, which may also chime imperfectly. Chopard has therefore created additional security devices guaranteeing the regularity of each sound indication. Information is picked up from the snails via the beaks on each rack, but the information is not directly transmitted via these racks as is traditionally the case, but instead via ratchet-wheels that activate gathering-pallets. This principle results in a gear ratio serving to increase security and thus ensure a regular tempo. This arrangement generally used for the hours has been extended to the quarters and minutes in this calibre.

Chopard has also resolved the issue of irregular sound intensity. To avoid the last strikes being too weak, the ratchet-wheels are coaxially arranged so as to ensure the hammers are smoothly and consistently raised and thus maintain their constant striking force on the gongs. Moreover, a flexible link between the hours and quarters ratchet-wheels guarantees a constant tempo between the last hours stroke chimed and the first quarters stroke, however many quarters need to be sounded.

With a total of seven security devices, the L.U.C Full Strike achieves a high degree of sophistication. The watch is preserved from risks of breakage. This omnipresent concern for durability and quality is the unmistakable signature of Chopard Manufacture.

In keeping with the L.U.C watch design codes, the L.U.C Full Strike watch features a vertical satin-brushed caseband creating a striking contrast with the polished bezel and case-back. All the inscriptions on the latter are hand-engraved and the case is made from “Fairmined” 18-carat white gold. This label guarantees that Chopard has sourced this gold from a cooperative whose operations are certified as ethical, fair and sustainable. The white gold used in this watch is non rhodium-plated. Its glow is guaranteed by the strong presence of palladium in the alloy.

Measuring 42.5 mm in diameter and 11.5 mm thick, this reasonably sized case is graced with beautifully balanced lines. Minute repeaters are generally fitted with a winding lever that supplies the necessary energy to the striking mechanism. The minute repeater of the L.U.C Full Strike is triggered by pressing a pusher coaxial with the crown. The watch is fitted with a double-sided, hand-sewn and plant-dyed CITES-certified alligator leather strap. This means that whether one is admiring the watch from the dial or the movement side, it always appears attired in the same precious leather.

The dial of the L.U.C Full Strike is significantly openworked and thus calls for all the more meticulous care. It is entirely made of solid gold, including the small seconds at 6 o’clock. Its railway-type minute track is engraved beneath the surface of the glass ensemble. Finally, this gold has been given a silver galvanic finishing treatment in order to match the grey shades of the case.

Both its movement and its case bear the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. This particularly demanding certification implies technical and aesthetic choices that further increase the complexity of the construction and production of the components making up Calibre 08.01-L. For example, it stipulates that springs must not be wires and must have a heel, as well as being decorated. This must be achieved even on those holding the regulator inertia-blocks and measuring just 7/100ths of a millimetre thick.

All the components of Calibre 08.01-L are meticulously finished, be it with circular graining, straight graining or a Côtes de Genève motif. They are all meticulously hand-chamfered.  The mainplate and bridges are made from nickel silver, a noble metal that can tolerate no scratches or workmanship errors.   This material is non-treated and appears in all its subtly golden grey beauty through the sapphire case-back of the L.U.C Full Strike.

Technical details
Model: L.U.C Full Strike
Ref. 161947-1001 – In non rhodium-plated 18-carat ethical white gold certified “Fairmined” with alligator leather strap
20-piece limited edition

Case
Non rhodium-plated 18-carat ethical white gold certified “Fairmined”
Total diameter: 42.5 mm
Thickness: 11.55 mm
18-carat non rhodium-plated white gold crown with L.U.C logo: 8.50 mm
Vertical satin-brushed caseband
Polished bezel and case-back, hand-engraved case-back
Exhibition back fitted with glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical hand-wound: L.U.C 08.01-L
Number of components: 533
Total diameter: 37.20 mm
Thickness: 7.97 mm
Number of jewels: 63 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours
Mainplate and bridges in non-treated German silver
Bridges adorned with the Côtes de Genève motif
Balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
-Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark

Dial
Gold dial with galvanic silver-toned
Snailed chapter ring
Finely snailed small seconds
Black transfers
Black rhodium-plated Roman numerals
Black rhodium-plated Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands
Black rhodium-plated baton-type hands for the small seconds
Blue baton-type hand for the striking mechanism power-reserve indicator
Railway-type minute track engraved beneath the sapphire crystal

Functions
Minute repeater striking on the sapphire crystal and sapphire gongs (patented system)
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds display at 6 o’clock
Concentric display of the watch movement and striking mechanism power reserves at 2 o’clock

Strap 
Strap in hand-sewn CITES-certified black alligator leather with cognac alligator leather lining, dyed with plant pigments
Pin buckle in polished and satin-brushed “Fairmined” non rhodium-plated 18-carat white gold

 

Chopard L.U.C Quattro – Rose Gold Case and Vertical Silver-Toned Dial

The prestigious L.U.C collection from Swiss luxury watch brand Chopard now welcomes a new interpretation of the emblematic L.U.C Quattro watch in 18-carat rose gold case housing a new vertical silver-toned dial and COSC-certified hand wound L.U.C Calibre 98.01-L movement with a nine-day power reserve.

After the successful launch of new design of its L.U.C XP and XPS collections in 2017, the family owned watch manufacture updates their L.U.C Quattro with a silver-toned and vertical satin-brushed across its entire surface, swept over by a set of blued hands.

This timepiece features the signature L.U.C Quattro 6 o’clock subdial, containing both small seconds and a pointer-type date indication. Its graduations have been refined and simplified. Exactly opposite, at 12 o’clock, sits the nine-day power-reserve display also emblematic of the L.U.C Quattro, shaped like a fan unfurled over a 180° angle.

The minute circle is punctuated by two large 3 and 9 o’clock Arabic numerals, and by blued applied hour-markers. Their shape is an extrapolation of the Dauphine-fusée type hands typical of the L.U.C collections, enhanced in this instance with Super-LumiNova.

The case of the L.U.C Quattro measures 43 mm in diameter and is crafted from 18-carat rose gold. Its caseband is satin-brushed, its bezel polished and its back hand-engraved. Proudly bearing the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark, this model comes fitted with a stylish woven-effect blue calfskin leather strap with an alligator leather lining.

Developed and produced by Chopard Manufacture, Calibre 98.01-L, the beating heart inside the L.U.C Quattro, is distinguished by the patented Quattro technology. Its two pairs of stacked barrels endow this certified chronometer with a maximum 216 hours of autonomy, while keeping it surprisingly slim at just 3.7 mm thick. This in turn gives the L.U.C Quattro a peerlessly slender and elegant profile.