Chopard L.U.C Tour­bil­lon Qualite Fleurier Fairmined

Plaza Watch International - - The Best of Baselworld 2014 - SD

At this year's Baselworld watch fair, Chopard an­nounced a new ini­tia­tive to make as many of its high-end prod­ucts prod­ucts as pos­si­ble from 'fair mined' gold hav­ing signed a three-year part­ner­ship with an NGO called The Al­liance for Re­spon­si­ble Min­ing which has been es­tab­lished to help small-scale min­ing vil­lages re­alise the best pos­si­ble prices for what they pro­duce. Usu­ally it is im­pos­si­ble to know where the gold in a par­tic­u­lar in­got has ac­tu­ally come from, but any which is sup­plied through the ARM ini­tia­tive should have been re­spon­si­bly mined - although it is in­vari­ably more ex­pen­sive, be­cause it re­quires a ded­i­cated man­u­fac­tur­ing sys­tem and spe­cially cleaned ma­chin­ery in or­der to pre­vent any con­tam­i­na­tion by con­ven­tion­ally mined gold. Chopard's first men's watch to ben­e­fit from the ARM ini­tia­tive is the L.U.C Tour­bil­lon, which has a case made ex­clu­sively from South Amer­i­can fair mined gold. Just 25 ex­am­ples will be made, each with the dis­tinc­tive grey dial that will be a fea­ture of all of the brand's fair-mined watches. The 43mm case con­tains Chopard's in-house LUC 01.13-L move­ment, which fea­tures a tour­bil­lon and an im­pres­sive nine-day power re­serve. Each watch un­der­goes a se­ries of tests con­trolled by the Fleurier Qual­ity Foun­da­tion to rate the pre­ci­sion of the move­ment both be­fore and after it is ‘cased up’ as well as the stan­dard of dec­o­ra­tion and over­all fin­ish. £85,000

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