Brand story: Re­fin­ing the re­fined

A sub­tle but sleek makeover for Chopard’s sig­na­ture L.U.C. watches.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Muna Noor



Rein­ter­pret­ing Re Chopard’s sig­na­ture 1963 L.U.C line, the L.U.C. Her­itage Grand Cru cocks its hat to the Geneva-based Ge Mai­son’s his­tor­i­cal pocket watches with wit clas­sic flair thanks to its tra­di­tional ton­neau de­sign. des Tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion the oak bar­rels from the forests for of Ber­trange, Jupille and Tronçais in France, and framed in an 18k rose gold case un­der an ul­tra­thin thi (7.75mm) domed case, its unique shape pro­vides vid the ideal show­case for an el­e­gant porce­lain white wh lac­quered dial with strik­ing black Ro­man nu­mer­als me and the sec­onds at six o’clock. For the watch en­thu­si­ast, ent the magic lies whirring and spin­ning be­hind hin a trans­par­ent case­back. The rare 3.3mm Swiss Of­fi­cial Offi Chronome­ter Test­ing In­sti­tute (COSC) cer­ti­fied cer and Poinçon de Genève seal 97.01-L cal­iber move­ment mo is a thing of beauty and fea­tures au­to­matic ma wind­ing by an en­graved 22k gold mi­cro-ro­tor that tha prom­ises 65 hours of run­ning time.


True class is un­der­stated. Chopard’s L.U.C. XPS epit­o­mises ep this ideal to per­fec­tion. While its smart 2017 2 facelift re­tains many of the qual­i­ties that have made this watch a cov­eted ad­di­tion to any gen­tle­man’s wardrobe, the nu­mer­ous per­mu­ta­tions in which these are re­vealed and the va­ri­ety of price points at which it is of­fered will not only ap­peal to clas­sic cl col­lec­tors but those look­ing to level up their dress d watch game.

Char­ac­terised by a slen­der pro­file, with the 7.2mm, 7. 40mm di­am­e­ter case of­fered in steel, white gold, g pink gold and plat­inum it­er­a­tions, most strik­ing in is its sig­na­ture fin­ish. Avail­able in white for the stain­less st steel ver­sion, sil­ver-toned or black with a sun­burst fin­ish for the gold vari­a­tions, and blue with a sun­burst fin­ish for the plat­inum op­tion, each is treated to Fusée Dauphine-type hands with sleek sl facetted ar­rows, satin-brushed flanks, and trimmed tr down lugs with sapphire crys­tal dome to com­pli­ment co the watch’s dap­per ap­pear­ance.

Of course, for a house with such a her­itage for fine crafts­man­ship, it’s what’s on the in­side that counts. Be­hind the see-through case back with an­tire­flec­tive coat­ing is a mi­cro-ro­tor pow­ered au­to­matic bidi­rec­tional wind­ing move­ment that gen­er­ates power re­serves of be­tween 58 and 65 hours. Like the L.U.C. Her­itage Grand Cru, it too car­ries the pres­ti­gious “Poinçon de Genève” qual­ity hall­mark and is worn with a hand-stitched al­li­ga­tor skin strap.

L.U.C Ton­neau Her­itage; L.U.C. XPS.

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