Pretty Pre­cious

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY KENNY LOH

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.

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