by Kyle Stults on November 04, 2013
Now this is something you don’t often see! The bold color selections in these interpretations of the Chopard L.U.C XPS are champagne, cognac and burgundy (dials + matching straps) — offered as a trio in a special presentation box, they might remind you of something you’d find in a fine wine cellar — could this be the perfect set for the connoisseur of fine watches and fine spirits?!
See the L.U.C XPS in Champagne, Burgundy and Cognac Up Close on the jump
The Chopard Mille Miglia Zagato stems from the partnership between Chopard and a design legend: the Milan-based bodywork specialist Zagato. Zagato is known for its distinctive designs brought to some of the world’s most prestigious auto brands, just one example being the Aston Martin V12 Zagato (see Did You Know? below for more). Chopard has been the official timekeeper and sponsor of the Mille Miglia road race for 25 years and every year as far back as I can recall it has produced a new limited edition piece to commemorate the race. In fact it was along the route of the legendary Mille Miglia that Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the Co-President of Chopard, met with Andrea Zagato, the third generation in his family to head the Milan-based automobile body design firm — the genesis of this collaboration.
Lots more looks, on the click
A mechanical and aesthetic accomplishment…
At Baselworld earlier this year, Chopard presented one of the most prestigious combinations in watchmaking: a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon — along with more a whopping nine days of power reserve. The L.U.C Perpetual T also happens to be the manufacture’s second most complicated piece ever made.
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The art of Fleurisanne engraving on display…
For Only Watch 2013, Chopard presents a L.U.C Tourbillon model featuring a rhodiumed gold hand-engraved dial bearing the coat-of-arms of the Principality of Monaco surrounded by a DNA molecule, a reminder of the cause to which the Only Watch project is devoted. On the back of the watch, movement bridges are adorned with relief or “filet” engravings of a DNA helix also known as Fleurisanne engraving (see Did You Know? below) – a highly distinctive and now almost extinct traditional skill typical of the Neuchâtel village of Fleurier. Truly an exceptional one-of-a kind L.U.C Tourbillon.
Click through for a closer look including more on the art of Fleurisanne engraving
Views from Baselworld 2013…
First time “Mille Miglia” on the dial…and nicely placed with the date window…
Baselworld 2013 preview…
This year Chopard will introduce a second model in the LUC “Engine One” collection. Named the Engine One H, this piece is similar to the LUC Engine One tourbillon (2010), except it has been rotated 90 degrees for a horizontal dial presentation. The Engine One is inspired by well, an engine, though it is a watch I find to have a somewhat radical look. At least when I think of the L.U.C watches, which represent the pinnacle of finishing from Chopard. I’m not sure which is more “normal” the new horizontal layout or the original vertically positioned model, probably this one. A conversation piece, that’s for sure.
Chopard L.U.C Engine One H
Limited Edition 100 pieces
44.5mm x 35mm titanium case
Look closely to see the center-set hour/minute hands; at nine of clock is the “Full/Empty” power reserve display; at three oclock is the tourbillon with Chopard’s variable intertia balance wheel
Chopard recently announced the availability of bicolored alligator straps for its L.U.C collection. The hand-sewn straps are offered in several excellent color combinations, and are exclusively available at Chopard Boutiques. Shown above on the Chopard L.U.C-1937.
Specially made for the its new boutique in Geneva, this Chopard L.U.C XPS is a limited edition of 25 pieces, cased in platinum, with a gorgeous metallic blue dial bearing the Geneva Seal on it. This watch is somewhat similar to the LUC XPS Poincon de Geneve Poinçon de Genève (Geneva Seal) 125th anniversary edition from 2011 (available direct from Chopard, $19,320); both have the Chopard Cal. 96.01-L. This gracefully decorated caliber is an ultra-thin automatic with micro-rotor, two barrels, and COSC certification (pictured below).
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by Kyle Stults on December 03, 2012
Chopard recently unveiled three new models in its “Classic Racing” collection, each with a new in-house, COSC-certified caliber made at the company’s Fleurier Ebauches workshops. This is significant because these are the first watches in the racing collection with movements entirely designed, developed and assembled in-house. And it is consistent with Chopard’s well known desire to further vertically integrate and thus ensure its long term independence. I’m not going to get into particulars right now, but suffice it to say that the movements look superb. A great aesthetic to them — partially openworked, very sporty, very much in-line with the racing theme — Chopard did an excellent job on this. Video and a few more looks, below.
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by Kyle Stults on August 29, 2012
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
Limited Edition Series, 2002-2012
In this Perpetuelle Lookback, we will explore the limited edition Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique watches which have been issued biennially since 2002. My examination of the various models yielded some interesting findings and observations as to how the collection has evolved over the years. The series has always been held in high regard by enthusiasts and collectors alike, and for good reason. Follow along now as I dissect the 2002-2012 Chopard Monaco Historique Collection — and see the evolution of an iconic collection!
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