Brand story: Refining the refined
A subtle but sleek makeover for Chopard’s signature L.U.C. watches.
L.U.C. HERITAGE GRAND CRU
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.
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