CHOPARD – L.U.C PERPETUAL T – SPIRIT OF THE CHINESE ZODIAC
When arts and crafts meet quality watchmaking, Chopard approaches the sublime with a unique piece reserved for seasoned collectors.
As the Chinese New Year draws near, many watchmakers are unveiling timepieces displaying the astrological signs for the coming year. Chopard’s L.U.C Perpetual T – Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac includes all the signs of the zodiac in chronological order. They all figure on the body of a 43mm-wide case made of rose gold with a black patina. To achieve this result, the champlevé engraving technique was used to cut into the material with great care. It took 200 hours of work to finish this piece, which is unique in more than one way!
In this exceptional setting, Chopard has added some prestigious complications. This work of art contains a hand-wound movement driving a tourbillon and a perpetual date that takes leap years into account. The calibre L.U.C 02-15-l, certified as a chronometer by the COSC, also guarantees an unbelievable power reserve of 216 hours or 9 days. This performance is achieved through the presence of four barrels. An indicator placed on the caseback shows the total reserve remaining. All the time information is displayed on the hand-engraved and lacquered gold dial, and two slate blue counters show the day and the month. The date appears in a double counter at 12 o’clock.
The L.U.C Perpetual T – Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac comes with an elegant hand-sewn alligator leather strap. For all the exemplary finishes and its high-quality watchmaking movement, the watch has, of course, been given the Geneva Seal.
Price: € 231,480 chopard.com
By Dan Diaconu