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.
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
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.
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
Louis-Ulysse Chopard would surely be proud.