For 143 years, Chopard has represented quality and creativeness. Excellence and resourcefulness-the key points of the illustrious jewellery watching brand-reign supreme in most the firm produces. Indeed, technical complexity and traditional craftsmanship blend superbly at Chopard to produce a world where dreams become a reality.
Now though they’re greatly set on setting it up back, ongoing to take a position heavily within the watch Manufacture they founded within the Swiss Jura in 1996, which is an expert within the development and output of L.U.C movements. If this first opened up its doorways this facility boasted just 3 employees, today time has expanded to 136, using the Manufacture growing in dimensions accordingly.
Not remarkably this extra investment is reflected within the growing sophistication from the brand’s L.U.C collection, which easily raises today’s subject the L.U.C 1963 Chronograph. A limited edition of just 50 pieces, the L.U.C 1963 Chronograph was produced to pay for tribute towards the Scheufele family’s half a century in the helm of Chopard, featuring both brand’s technical and aesthetic expertise.
I loved the L.U.C 1963 Chronograph the moment I laid my eyes onto it, before it had even been lifted from its display case and put into my greedy little hands. The design and style is extremely classic, by having an almost Cartier-esque feel into it only a little more masculine and delicate. As you may expect the 42mm 18-carat rose gold case includes a decent weight into it nonetheless its relatively slim profile – the case is simply 11.50 mm thick – implies that still it sits nicely around the wrist, sliding away easily beneath your cuff if not needed.
As you can tell the silver sunburst dial with black Roman numbers is readable and much more enjoyable to check out. Additionally to exhibiting time and date – with small seconds proven on the sub-dial at six o-clock – the timepiece also includes a chronograph completely with fly-back functionality. For individuals unfamiliar with the word ‘fly-back’ poor watch-which makes it basically implies that the chronograph hands instantly fly to their beginning positions once the totally reset pushes is triggered. It isn’t ground-breaking by stretch but it definitely is nice to look at for action.
To aide with legibility Chopard has helpfully made the hands of the several chronograph indications red-colored. This can be a subtle touch, which is what I love about this. The red-colored contrasts nicely from the silver and dark colored plan from the dial, but doesn’t appear whatsoever unnatural. More to the point though I believe when the designers had made a decision to help make the chronograph hands identical to the hour and minute hands it might make things just a little confusing, plus I do not think the dial could be as aesthetically striking because it is.
The actual great thing about this watch however is just made apparent whenever you transform it over. A sapphire caseback discloses the superbly decorated L.U.C 03.07-L calibre, an in-house by hand wound movement (offering 60 hrs of power in reserve when fully wound) that’s not just a COSC-licensed chronometer but additionally bears the Poincon de Genève quality hallmark (also called the Geneva Seal), the greatest mark of movement quality and finishing in Swiss watch making. Composed of some 300 components, the movement features nickel silver bridges and mainplate in addition to a grained motif around the bridges, among a number of other fine touches. Quite simply, it appears absolutely breathtaking.
Finishing the appearance is really a hand-stitched alligator strap with matching rose gold pin buckle, making the L.U.C 1963 Chronograph ideal for individuals special events when you want to stick out in the crowd but shouldn’t strap something super-complicated for your wrist. Prices is extremely reasonable at US$44,400 especially considering that you’re obtaining a fully in-house manufactured, COSC-licensed movement ended inside a fairly healthy quantity of 18-carat rose gold. With simply 50 pieces available however don’t expect this can a simple watch to obtain your hands on like me betting demand is going to be high.