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.
The case — available in rose gold or platinum — is generously sized at 44mm (intriguing, eh? wonder how this will wear), with cambered and brushed sides and a slender bezel. The lugs are gently shaped to follow the curve of the wrist.
The translucent porcelain-style white dial bears a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, dauphine hands, black Roman numerals and a rail track minute circle – all representing direct references to traditional chronometers. The small seconds subtly overlaps the minute track and bears red Arabic numerals. The design of the dauphine hands are typical of the new L.U.C collections. However, perhaps the most striking feature of this dial is its size — it occupies almost the entire diameter of the watch, a direct result of the presence of the new L.U.C Calibre 63.01-L. And this, my friends, is where the watch really shines.
The mechanical hand-wound L.U.C 63.01-L movement is basically a smaller version of L.U.C Calibre 06.01-L which was launched in 2010 as part of the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse Chopard – The Tribute model.
The L.U.C Calibre 63.01-L is a large movement (38mm) which beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), though with an otherwise clean architecture due to the absence of any horological complications. The movement’s two-tone treatment is beautiful – the bridges are made of nickel silver (German silver), while the bridge bevels are gilded as is the base plate underneath. There is also a swan’s-neck regulator, a feature not often seen in lower-end watches.
Not surprisingly, the L.U.C 1963 carries two prestigious and well known certifications amongst purveyors of haute horlogerie: COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) and the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark (the Geneva Seal).
Only 50 in each of platinum and rose gold will be produced.