The art of Fleurisanne engraving on display…
For Only Watch 2013, Chopard presents a L.U.C Tourbillon model featuring a rhodiumed gold hand-engraved dial bearing the coat-of-arms of the Principality of Monaco surrounded by a DNA molecule, a reminder of the cause to which the Only Watch project is devoted. On the back of the watch, movement bridges are adorned with relief or “filet” engravings of a DNA helix also known as Fleurisanne engraving (see Did You Know? below) – a highly distinctive and now almost extinct traditional skill typical of the Neuchâtel village of Fleurier. Truly an exceptional one-of-a kind L.U.C Tourbillon.
You can see here in this close-up the fine finshing and Fleurisanne engraving technique on the hand-wind L.U.C 02.17-L manufacture movement. The mainplate and bridges are made of 18k rose gold with a black rhodium finish — stunningly beautiful:
The 43 mm-diameter titanium case with contrasting polished and brushed surfaces completes the aesthetic:
Did You Know?
Fleurisanne engraving is a highly distinctive, time-consuming, and now almost extinct art which consists of relief-engraving decorative techniques on metal parts, generally gold movement bridges. Its specific nature stems from the fact that it does not involve engraving a motif as such but rather sculpting or ‘sparing’ it by hollowing out the material around it so as to make it stand out. The technique calls for total mastery of the tool and an extremely meticulous approach resulting in pieces that are truly unique in that each motif is entirely hand-crafted.