Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Watches & Jewels -

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.

The L.U.C 96.23-L2 move­ment is as­sem­bled xxoxnx­cexxtx­hxe xflx­ex­uxrixsx­axnxnxex xxexnx­grx­axvx­ixngxxisxdx­oxnxex, and xxitxsxflx­oxwx­exrxsxgx­ilxdxedxxx Each de­sign is stip­pled to high­light the dramatic pe­ony mo­tif on the move­ment A close-up of the sculpted dial, which em­ploys a raised tech­nique The back story of Chopard’s L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Pe­ony time­piece The fin­ished fleurisanne en­grav­ing Chopard’s fleurisanne en­grav­ing adds 3-D depth and per­spec­tive to the pe­ony mo­tif Chopard’s lat­est high jew­ellery pow­ered by Cal­i­bre L.U.C 96.23-L2 The at­ten­tion to de­tail of the fleurisanne-en­grav­ing mas­ter en­sures only the finest of pieces are crafted Chopard’s lat­est L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Pe­ony bridges the gap be­tween two ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­tant cul­tures

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