The words used to describe the L.U.C watch would be the same ones used to talk about Chopard. It's refined, very precise, and has a slender, pared-down case that's distinctively elegant. Named after the initials of founder Louise-ulysse Chopard, the L.U.C is a creation that's so innately handsome, it does not require any fluff to sell. But at sizes that can go beyond 40mm in diameter, the timepiece can prove quite tricky for women to pull off.
In 2014, the Swiss brand solved the problem by unveiling a 35mm, ultra-thin L.U.C model just for ladies. The watch, while smaller in size, packed the same punch with a high-precision calibre that was completely engineered at Chopard's manufacture in Fleurier.
This year, Chopard moves the L.U.C up another notch on women's wish lists. Pretty pink hues – a colour never used before on the model – encapsulate the new L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony, which has a shimmering Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial sliced in a part-openwork floral décor to cheekily reveal a rose-gold base.
The back of the watch is just as enchanting. A 3-D, high-relief peony is carved on the Chopard L.U.C 96.23-L calibre using the Fleurisanne technique, a near-extinct handcraft which is distinguished by its array of raised motifs. For an even more dramatic finish, the mechanical movement, which can be admired through an open caseback, is coated in rhodium to achieve an unusual twotone appearance.
Soft petals gently unfold on the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony – the girliest watch to ever leave Chopard’s Swiss manufacture.
1. The L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony is made completely at the Chopard manufacture in Fleurier, Switzerland. 2. The L.U.C watch is famed for its slim case. 3. Chopard has assembled only eight models of the new L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony. 18k rose gold with Tahitian motherof-pearl, diamonds and brushed canvas strap. 4. The Chopard L.U.C 96.23-L movement is carved using the rare Fleurisanne technique and features a 3-D peony motif.