TWO FOR TWO
Chopard knocks the ball out of the park with the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono, which comes with two highly useful complications, backed by two industry standard certifications The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is the first time Chopard has combined perpetual calendar and chronograph complications in a single timepiece. These are arguably the two most useful complications that can be had on one’s wrist, and each has been executed with the technical details that make the watch worthy of its place within the L.U.C collection.
The heart of this timepiece is Chopard’s new Calibre 03.10L, which was built on the Calibre 03.07-L that the manufacture introduced in 2014. Like its predecessor, Calibre 03.10-L is a flyback chronograph with a column wheel, which imparts a smoother pusher action with less play compared to a traditional cam-actuated chronograph. The vertical coupling system has also been preserved – the chronograph thus exhibits no hesitation or backlash when activated, with the additional benefit of greater accuracy vis-à-vis a horizontal clutch system.
For the perpetual calendar, Chopard added a module to the dial side of the movement, and also included an extra day/night indicator alongside an orbital moon phase display that deviates by just one day every 122 years. The sheer amount of information to be displayed does make dial design a challenge, but Chopard has done an excellent job here by organising all the information into a symmetrical layout, and even used a big date display at 12 o’clock as the anchor. The seconds sub-dial is combined with the orbital moon phase display at six o’clock, and all other information is sorted into the remaining counters at three and nine o’clock.
Instead of holding back on the dial’s detailing, Chopard has opted to go all out. The ruthenium-toned gold dial is finished with an elaborate sunburst guilloché, with portions of the sub-dials decorated with snailing. Appliqué hour indexes further contribute to the sense of depth, while an intricate chapter ring on the flange frames this set-up.
Rounding up the watch’s features are its certifications. Every Calibre 03.10-L used in the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is a Cosc-certified chronometer, while the complete watch itself has earned the Poinçon de Genève. To top things off, the gold used in the watch – in its case, dial, movement, and strap buckle – is Fairmined-certified to attest to its ethical origins.
The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is limited to 20 pieces each in white and rose gold. MOVEMENT Manual-winding Chopard Calibre 03.10-L chronograph movement with perpetual calendar; 60-hour power reserve
CASE 45mm in Fairmined white or rose gold, water resistant to 30m
STRAP Black or brown alligator with Fairmined white or pink gold ardillon buckle