Just love the case and dial finishing on this watch — a limited edition of only one piece…now that’s exclusive! Basically this watch is born out of Chopard’s approach of creating a yearly edition of the L.U.C XP “Urushi dial”, in tribute to the zodiac sign of the year in progress. This year, Chopard artisans have created an entirely hand-engraved rose gold case depicting all 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. The entire Chinese zodiac is portrayed on the case middle of this stylised unique piece, with a black patina coating on the 18-carat rose gold. The 12 signs are individually represented using the champlevé technique, with little cavities engraved that are then filled with black patina.
The solid gold dial of the L.U.C Perpetual T is adorned with a hand-engraved motif inspired by traditional Chinese iconography and also featured on the bezel and the rose gold buckle. The tiger’s head is perched on the crown while his body fits the case. A dragon and a snake are coiled between the lugs.
Not to forget — this watch boast impressive mechanics as well. Inside the caliber 02.15-L providers perpetual calendar and tourbillon functions, with a one-plus week power reserve thanks to Chopard’s four barrel Quattro system. The perpetual calendar displays complete date while taking account of the variable durations of the months, including leap years. The tourbillon of the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese zodiac sits at 6 o’clock on the dial, topped by a meticulously polished and blackened steel bridge. The watch has also achieved “Chronometer” certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (ie COSC) as well as the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark (ie Geneva Seal).
This special piece will be presented to Asian collectors at a private exhibition in Beijing.