MOOD BOARD: CHOPARD
For its latest L.U.C collection, Chopard takes a journey through the Silk Road, reviving the ancient art of fleurisanne engraving and combining it with the exoticism of imperial China. By Amy Yasmine.
East-meets-West spirits away in Chopard’s latest L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony timepiece. Inspired by the Swiss brand’s very own watch Manufacture in Fleurier, the timepiece pays homage to its long-standing patronage of the Eastern arts and imperial China, a bond forged since the 19th century. Here, a blossoming peony rises to the occasion, symbolising Fleurier’s Garden of Eden, and the Tang dynasty’s affinity for the motif. A rare métier d’art like no other, the relief engraving— also known as fleurisanne—is taken to greater heights, as seen on the L.U.C timepiece’s golden dial. Sculpted using a raised rather than a hollowed technique, the petals of the peony glisten in the sunlight and the flower’s natural beauty, exalted by dazzling diamonds. An astounding product of high art meets high-technology, the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony is ably equipped with a twin coaxial barrel self-winding movement, providing a generous 65-hour power reserve inside an elegant, ultra-thin case. Never has the opulence of the peony received such a glowing tribute.
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