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On the occasion of the TimeForArt auction, Chopard Manufacture presents an exclusive edition of its exceptional jumping-hour timepiece: the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 TimeForArt Edition. A one-of-a-kind creation featuring pure lines and a dial with a hand-engraved stylised skull motif inspired by the ‘vanitas’ theme.
Housed in a 40-millimetre case crafted from ethical 18-carat rose gold, its innovative and sophisticated L.U.C 98.06-L movement is equipped with four barrels based on the exclusive Chopard Quattro technology enabling up to eight days of power reserve – making the Chopard Manufacture jumping-hour watch one of the rare models in this category endowed with such a degree of autonomy. From the movement to the dial on which the hours aperture appears at 6 o'clock, the entire watchmaking creation is produced in-house in keeping with the tradition of artistic crafts, thus ensuring a high level of finishing duly rewarded by the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.
In 2021, Chopard Manufacture introduced its first-ever jumping-hour watch: the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25. Much prized by collectors, this horological complication is now given an extremely pure interpretation combining boldness and technical brilliance in a new one-of-a-kind model dedicated to TimeForArt. Offering a blend of tradition and modernity, its ethical 18-carat rose gold case features rounded shapes inspired by the hunter-type cases of the pocket watches once designed by Louis-Ulysse Chopard.
The L.U.C 98.06-L movement equipping this timepiece is one of the few in this category of watches – which generally consume a great deal of energy – to offer up to eight days of power reserve. Thanks to the four stacked and series-coupled barrels based on the exclusive Chopard Quattro technology – which usually allows up to 216 hours of autonomy – the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 TimeForArt Edition maintains a reserve above 190 hours despite the amount of energy required for the rotation of the hours disc.
Inspired by the Mexican ‘Dìa de los Muertos’ mysterious calavera, the eye-catching visage of this L.U.C’s dial is a universal theme also used in the ‘vanitas’ paintings, and a constant reminder of the inevitable passing of time, designed to remind the viewer of the shortness and fragility of life. A theme Chopard is familiar with, having already daringly reinterpreted it in certain watch special editions.
Equally noble both inside and out, the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 TimeForArt Edition displays the time on an entirely hand-engraved dial. The white gold background of the dial is first adorned with a radiating pattern, by which the engraver traces a few reference lines with a scriber before engraving the rays with a chisel. These regular concentric lines evoke sunbeams lighting the path of the dead to facilitate their return to Earth. With the help of a scorper, the master artisan engraver then sketches the skull motif, so as to add depth to the single millimetre-thick dial. The elements and details thus drawn are then modelled using a burnisher that crushes and pushes back the material, along with scorpers and gouges.
This one-of-a-kind art watch will be part of the TimeForArt event, an auction of exceptional timepieces by the world's greatest master-watchmakers, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to support the world's most visionary contemporary artists through Swiss Institute's exhibitions, public education programmes and free community engagement workshops. TimeForArt provides a year-round platform for exchanges between the world of watchmaking and the visual arts.
Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele commented on this exceptional collaboration:
"TimeForArt allows me to play my part both as a keen art enthusiast and passionate watchmaker; it perfectly reflects the Maison’s values. I love the idea that our highly skilled artisans are taking part in an endeavour to support art. We at Chopard have an amazing team of craftspeople who master the different steps of exceptional timepiece creation, thanks to the independent approach and integrated skill set that the Manufacture has been cultivating for 25 years."
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