Chopard has a special line of watches in the L.U.C line that has captured the imagination of enthusiasts throughout the world. The pieces offer a quaint alternative to the traditional style of watch making with its first release of the watches that bear a high grade L.U.C caliber in 1996. There is a very good reason why the L.U.C Twist watches have their name. It’s due to the movement that is rotated in the case to a position that is not often seen which in turn places the crown in the four o’ clock position with the sub seconds dial landing at the seven o’clock spot. Another unique attribute of this watch is the fact that it has been certified by the Fleurier Quality Foundation also known as the FQF. If you’ve not yet heard of it, the FQF is an independent agency which inspects watches to ensure that they meet a set criteria with several factors, among them locale of manufacture, accuracy, a high standard for aesthetic criteria and durability. This amazing watch has met and surpassed this inspection and with this in mind it is worthy of a much closer look and inspection.
The case of the Chopard L.U.C is uniquely manufactured with a process that ensures the ethical and certified material Fairmined gold. Tis means that the gold is sourced only from mines which have met the standard to be good for the environment along with ethical business practices. In addition to this, the gold must be produced in an artisan manner in small and local quantities. The case measured 40 mm in diameter and is 7.70 mm in thickness. It is crafted of 18 karat white Fairmined gold. The case back is made of the same high quality materials and features a mirrored polish finish for the round circle that leaves an exciting open window, protected with sapphire crystal glass to reveal the ornate and exquisite inner mechanical workings of the movement for all to see.
The dial of this watch is presented in a color that is a bluish grey with a satin brushed sunburst motif and a galvanic treatment. The indexes are applied in an attractive white gold with minutes and hour hands in the same material with the seconds hand also in white gold neatly inset within the sub dial. The date window is located at the three o clock position.
The movement that powers this exquisite timepiece is an in-house Chopard Caliber L.U.C. 96-26-L. It is an automatic winding type with a 22k gold micro-rotor with 29 jewels and beating at a frequency of 4 Hz at 28,800 vibrations per hour and COSC Chronometer Certifed and FQF Certified. The diameter of the movement is 27.40 mm and the thickness is a mere 3.30 mm. Th functions are hours, minutes, seconds and date.
The strap is a hand sewn alligator strap in a light bluish grey color with the dye extracted from plants and a cognac dyed lining. The pin buckle is made of 18k white gold. This watch is water resistant up to 30 meters. This is easily one of the purest timepieces in manufacture today, embracing elements of ethics and regard for the planet earth. A casual dressy watch that is highly attractive and is just as marvelous when you flip it over to observe the intricate workings of the exposed movement through the see through window of the case back.
Availability and pricing
The Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist Qualité Fleurier shall be offered on a first come first served basis. It will only be produced in a strictly limited quantity of just 250 pieces throughout the world. There has been no confirmation of its availability as of this time other than to say that the release date is to be determined at a later date. This limited edition will be offered for a manufacturers retail price of $20,400 per unit.