In recent years, Chopard has produced some solid new pieces that are both practical and pleasing to the eye. They continued in this fashion with the pieces they included in their exhibition at Baselworld 2018. When it came to the Mille Miglia line, there some new and funky colors added. However, these were not the stars of the show as this honor fell to the L.U.C. Quattro.
This line of watches was first produced in 1996. Former models have shown technical brilliance but have always given the impression that they are quite a conservative watch. It has now had a design overhaul to give it a more casual air. Chopard is only producing 50 pieces of this rose gold gem worldwide, so it is also exclusive. While this model remains on the market, here is what you need to know about the Chopard L.U.C Quattro.
It is an example of Chopard’s watchmaking at its best as it has some rather impressive features. The hand-winding caliber has a power reserve of nine days and this comes from its two stacked pairs of mainspring barrels. These supply the watch with up to 216 hours of autonomy. Surprisingly, these are packed into a caliber that is rather moderately sized. In fact, the actual caliber measures just 3.7 millimeters in thickness. It may also surprise you to learn that this is not a new caliber as it was actually launched in 2000. Despite not being new, it is still of the highest quality.
Although it has a compact caliber, this is not a compact watch. With measurements of 8.84 millimeters thickness and a diameter of 43 millimeters, it does come reasonably close. For the 2018 version of the L.U.C. Quattro, the majority of the changes have been made to the dial. Chopard has chosen blue indices and hands on a backdrop of a silver-colored satin-brushed dial. The blue color of the indices and hands are achieved by a heating process, rather than by adding lacquer.
Compared to previous variants of the model, this version has a much more relaxed look. Unlike the previous variants, this dial does not feature Roman Numerals. Instead, there are Arabic numerals at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 positions. The watch features a subdial that is positioned at 6 o’clock and this includes a small second hand and the pointer date. At 12 o’clock, there is an arched power reserve indication.
Chopard showed a prototype at Baselworld 2018 and this had skeletonized hands. However, they are planning on changing these to lumed hands when the watch goes into production. Although the skeletonized hands looked great, adding lume is a nice touch as it will add to the practicality of the watch. They are beautifully outlined in the extremely attractive 18-carat rose gold.
The new style of the L.U.C. Quattro means that it is ideal for daily wear but will not look out of place when worn with full-on formal attire. For example, the color of the dial will work against a pair of jeans but the overall contemporary execution of this watch means that it will work just as well with a suit.
This watch has been designed with a wide target market in mind, despite its exclusivity. It will appeal to a wide range of people from all backgrounds. It is comfortable to wear and will appeal to those who enjoy the feel and process of hand winding a watch.
It also features a rather classy strap that adds to the comfortable feel this watch has on the wrist and also to the aesthetics of the piece. The watch strap is made from a blue calfskin softina that is hand-sewn with matching tones. The lining of the watch is alligator brown. It is textured and has a woven effect that adds detail to the strap.
Possibly the most surprising aspect of the 2018 version of the L.U.C. Quattro is that Chopard is only planning on releasing 50 of these watches. This is especially the case as the watch is likely to have such a mass appeal. Fans of the brand can only hope that in the future, Chopard will bring out more variants of this beautiful and practical watch that are available to a wider market.