The making of the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono
The making of a masterpiece: Join us for a behind the scenes look at the creation of the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono and the L.U.C 03.10-L calibre that powers it.
The L.U.C Collection is a tribute to watchmaker Louis-Ulysse Chopard, a watchmaker from the Swiss village of Sonvilier, who in 1860 founded the company that still bears his name. 2016 is very special for L.U.C: we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture. For this anniversary, we have created an exceptional timepiece: the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono, in a limited edition of only 20 pieces.
The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono: A watch with a distinguished character for today’s gentleman
An exceptional object, the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is designed for the man with affirmed tastes, an aficionado of impeccable design and a connoisseur of the true value of materials that are embellished by time. Peerless, yet entirely unostentatious, the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono by Chopard is the symbol of an ideal partnership between the hand craftsmanship of the master watchmaker and cutting-edge technology. By associating two prestigious complications featuring a characteristic design, the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono asserts itself as a distinguished complication watch with an unmistakably distinctive character.
The perpetual calendar chronograph is a complication in a league of its own: it combines two time frames: the longer scale of a calendar that will provide accurate indications for centuries, and the shorter one of specific timing operations. No gentleman will run late wearing this timepiece!
Noble materials and a noble purpose
The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono stems from high standards embodied in exceptional materials effectively underpinning its elegance and functionality.
The 45 mm case of the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is made of “Fairmined” 18-carat gold, sourced from Fairmined certified mining cooperatives in Columbia, Peru and Bolivia.
Chopard is in fact the first luxury watch and jewellery company to have committed itself to supporting mining communities in order to help them achieve Fairmined certification. It contributes to training, to social well-being and to environmental protection. Fairmined certification ensures that gold is extracted in a responsible way by artisanal and small-scale mining organisations, that both miners and the environment are treated correctly and that purchasers pay a premium, in addition to the gold fixing price, that is reinvested in community projects.
The dial of the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is coated with grey ruthenium. The hand-guilloché motif creates subtle light effects that radiate from the large twin-aperture date display.
For this watch, only the finest noble materials were chosen – from the case through to the L.U.C Calibre 03.10-L. It is made of nickel silver, a naturally light grey alloy that ideally lends itself to surface treatment but cannot tolerate scratches. Any mistake made in executing the Côtes de Genève motif, circular-graining, satin-brushing and polishing is irretrievable. This movement thus calls for the most expert hands exercising their craft in the watchmaking workshops of Chopard Manufacture.
Finally, the use of fine materials extends to the strap of the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono, made of hand-sewn large-scaled black alligator. Given that a L.U.C watch will be admired from every angle, Chopard has also added a lining of chestnut brown small-scaled alligator.
Rewarded for excellence in craftsmanship
The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono bears the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, where each component must be made and decorated according to impeccable standards of fine craftsmanship.