Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T (Hands On)

A mechanical and aesthetic accomplishment…

Chopard LUC Perpetual T Wrist Shot

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.

For all its mechanical complexity, the dial is very well presented.  The Perpetual T brings the date to the foreground via a large twin-aperture date display.  At 9 o’clock, the day of the week shares space with a day/night indication, while the months share the 3 o’clock subdial with the leap-year indicator. Underpinning it all is a silver-plated solid gold dial  adorned with a hand-cut guilloché motif in a radiant pattern.  The slate grey counters of the perpetual calendar are also guilloché-worked in order to distinguish between the functions and accentuate the contrasts.

43mm rose gold case

Chopard LUC Perpetual T Hands On

So as not to overload the dial, the power-reserve indicator appears on the reverse side of the watch and can be read through a transparent sapphire crystal case-back — a wise decision.

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T Caseback

With the four barrels of the Quattro system, the Perpetual T has a nine-day power reserve, meaning there is no need to worry about repeatedly adjusting the time or date.  Like the other top-end LUC watches it is beautifully finished, and has the Geneva Seal.

immaculately finished — circular graining on plate, polished screws, bevelled bridges with vertical Côtes de Genève

4 barrels = 9 day power reserve

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T calibre 0215-L

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T

L.U. Chopard Perpetual T

Louis-Ulysse Chopard would surely be proud.

  • goju1

    Great article – great pictures too!

    • Perpetuelle

      Hi @goju1:disqus — thanks! It is a beautiful watch.