As Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport, Chopard was alongside the German team for its big return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans last week. Though it fell short of the winners podium, Porsche remains the winningest manufacturer in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with 16 victories to its name. To mark Porsche’s return to the event after more than a decade away, Chopard dedicated a limited-edition Superfast chronograph to this landmark event: the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition.
It was just a few weeks ago that I called the new L.U.C 1963 Chronograph as good as it gets, and now having spent some time with the watch up close and in person, I can reiterate that statement with full confidence. This is an incredible watch, in every respect — including its price.
As good as it gets…
One of the more exciting developments thus far this year is Chopard’s reveal of its first in-house hand-wind chronograph caliber, the L.U.C 03.07-L. It’s about time we take a closer look, don’t you think?! The L.U.C 03.07-L is a flyback chronograph, with column wheel, vertical clutch and Geneva Seal, among other technical attributes — and it looks absolutely delicious. Naturally a caliber of this caliber needs a good home, and indeed the first watch to house the new 03.07-L is the the 1963 Chronograph (Ref 161964-5001) you see here. Superb, superb, superb.
Like the L.U.C 1963 Chronometer I profiled not too long ago, the new 1963 chronograph commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Scheufele family’s ownership of Chopard, and what a fitting celebration it is. Follow along as I take you through all of the goodness of this watch and caliber, below.
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.