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.
For comparison, here are some prior iterations of the LUC Lunar Big Date (references 161918-5002 and -5003, respectively):
The Fleurier Manufacture’s automatic mechanical L.U.C Calibre 96.20-L is COSC-certified and visible through the sapphire display back of the watch. Here is a closeup of the micro-rotor (which winds a 2- co-axial barrels):
The 42mm x 11mm case is essentially the same proportions as previous models. This year it is presented in white gold and has a fine satin-brushed case-band, which I must say looks very elegant:
According to Chopard, the moon phase indication of the L.Calibre 96.20-L is so precise that the discrepancy between the mechanism and the real lunar cycle amounts to just one day in 122 years. The various moon phases are visible for both Northern and Southern hemispheres through an aperture in the subdial; in addition, the Northern part of the disc features the Big Dipper constellation, while the Southern part displays the Southern Cross.
You can also see the large date display at 12 o’clock and a small second’s indication between 4 and 5 o’clock. The small seconds is presented in a somewhat of a peculiar manner, with inner and outer flange each marking 30 seconds. I’d guess this was done so as to appear balanced against the large moon sub-dial.
No word on price but I’d guess somewhere around $30,000 – $35,000. Should be offered direct via Chopard’s e-boutique (US-only), located here>>>