First launched in 2009, the L.U.C Lunar Big Date is presented this year in white gold with a handful of enhancing design changes. Though the L.U.C Calibre 96.20-L with micro-rotor remains the same, the rest of the changes greatly enhance the overall look of the watch as compared to prior year models. Among the changes I like most are the is that the silver-toned subrust dial is now set with Roman numerals (Arabic numerals on prior versions), and the subdials are more balanced as well. All in all, this is a Chopard L.U.C. Lunar Big Date I could at last see myself wearing, which is something I could not say about prior versions.
Perpetuelle’s Baselworld 2014 coverage continues with a reveal of the new Chopard Mille Miglia Chronograph. This sport watch is highly anticipated by Chopard fans when it is launched each year. This year’s edition has softer lines and a bit more of a ‘vintage’ look to it, with slender cursive dial font and soldered (rather than screwed in) lugs. It also carries a more distinic “Italian” flavor to it, with its red tachometric scale and hands, white dial and green minute track. I noticed also that the usual rubber strap with 1960s Dunlop racing tyre-tread motif has been replaced by a version in overstitched Barenia calfskin, given the watch an even softer and more vintage feel this year.
by Kyle Stults on March 19, 2014
Baselworld 2014 preview…First look…
Despite its long name, the special series Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph is among my favorite’s from Chopard. Particularly as its design has been significantly improved and made more sporty (“Grand Prix-ish”) over the years. As I chronicled in-depth in 2012, the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chronograph series has been issued biennially since 2002, which makes the 2014 model the 7th such introduction in the series. As you can see here and now, for 2014 Chopard has stepped it up with a bold yellow-and-black color set with attractive strap options. But there are also some more subtle changes, including a case resize and redesign, a dial redesign, chrono pusher enhancements, and more. I’ll break it all down, below.
2014 marks 50 years of the Scheufele family at the helm of Chopard, and this watch was created to celebrate the occasion. The L.U.C. 1963 is a limited edition chronometer wristwatch fitted with a new styled Chopard movement, the LUC Calibre 63.01-L. The L.U.C 1963 is an elegant and traditionally styled wristwatch, equipped with a pocket-watch movement that is a direct descendant of the chronometers that Chopard was still producing in 1963, the year the Scheufele family acquired the Geneva-based company.
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Well, it’s been quite some time since I last shared a fragrance here on Perpetuelle…4 years and 2 months to be precise (eau de Omega, anyone?). Taking its inspiration from the classic racing and watch collection, Chopard now opens a new “olfactory chapter” with a Mille Miglia fragrance for men. This isn’t Chopard’s first foray into fragrance, though it is their first “horologically-inspired” fragance, I do believe. What does it smell like? Let’s ask the experts at Chopard:
Floral lavender notes refreshed by bergamot, while notes of Juniper berries come to accentuate the freshness. The first gear passed, green notes of herbaceous and violet bring strength to the heart; a fresh, invigorating scent modernized by a leather and asphalt accord.
As it speeds off, this heady contrast unfurls in an oriental base of amber, wood and coffee beans, leaving behind an intensely warm and addictive trail. Seductive, sophisticated, this oriental fougère created by perfumers Olivier Polge and Bruno Jovanovic (IFF) boasts a self-assured character.
How’s that for superlatives? No, it didn’t make my 2013 watch lovers holiday gift list, but the description sounds quite nice to me, actually. Anyway, ’tis the season – here’s the product page with link to the Chopard store locator if you want to try and buy; unfortunately I do not see it on the Chopard USA e-shop. In fact they have quite a nice offering of other Chopard accessories if you are in a spending kind of mood.
p.s. — Yes eau du Omega can be found at Omega boutiques!
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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.
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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
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