TWO FOR TWO

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

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

PRICE $121,890

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