CHOPARD – L.U.C FULL STRIKE
AND LET THE CRYSTAL RING OUT!
Chopard’s first minute repeater watch really makes itself heard! This timepiece rings out loud and clear, for a long time – and on crystal, no less!
To make a worthy celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Chopard manufacture, the Geneva-based firm had to think big. And so it has launched the L.U.C Full Strike, which, unlike the Strike One – a watch released in 2006 and that chimed once on the hour – the L.U.C Full Strike chimes on the hour, quarters of an hour and minutes, and all with sapphire crystal gongs.
This new timepiece is the result of wide-scale research, development and progress focusing on acoustic quality, sound intensity and operating efficiency. What makes this piece so special is the sound produced from inside it, enchanting the ear of the wearer and anyone nearby. The watch produces a real crystal sound, since instead the watch gongs are not made of metal, but of sapphire crystal, known for its scratch-proof and robust qualities.
Chopard wanted to take the attractive complexity of the crystal sound further, and has included the crystal gongs in a coherent whole. The gongs and crystal were developed together, from a single piece of sapphire. As a result, the sound is transmitted directly to the outside of the watch with power and finesse. There is nothing to compare with the sound produced, if not the ringing sound of a knife on a crystal glass, as might be heard before an after-dinner speech.
The case is made of 8ct Fairmined rose gold, and includes a monopusher, at the centre of the crown, which can be used to set the watch’s minute repeater. The dial is open-worked, unveiling all the mechanical beauty striking and chiming at the heart of the L.U.C. Full Strike.
Price upon request chopard.com
By Isabelle Guignet