24 September 2020
With the L.U.C XP Il Sarto Kiton timepiece, Chopard is introducing its first collaboration with the Kiton Ateliers, masters of Italian tailoring. This strictly limited edition of 100 ultra-flat watches in beadblasted DLC-coated steel is soberly attired with a houndstooth-patterned dial and a slate-coloured cashmere strap lined with red alligator leather.
Known for its elegance imbued with a spirit of purity and simplicity, the ultra-thin L.U.C XP timepiece is nattily attired in a ‘suit’ made to measure by the artisans of the Kiton Ateliers. The encounter between the Swiss watchmaker and the Neapolitan couturier appears to have been written in the stars. Both representing family Maisons committed to the same vision of craftsmanship and tradition, these two great names in masculine elegance have combined their know-how in creating the L.U.C XP Il Sarto Kiton watch. On the one hand, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele – Co-President of Chopard and the man behind the creation of Chopard Manufacture in 1996 – with his vision of traditional Haute Horlogerie firmly focused on the contemporary world and 21st century innovations. On the other hand, the fertile creativity of the disciples of Ciro Paone, the founder of the Kiton ateliers in 1968, who believed that: "Men are an inexhaustible source of inspiration, each of their steps is a call to creation".
"L.U.C. is a collection of Haute Horlogerie watches that stands out for its distinctive character. Our collaboration with Kiton is an entirely logical move, in that over the years our two family Maisons have proven the excellence of their craftsmanship and their fertile creativity”, says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. The result is a highly exclusive timepiece, produced in a numbered 100-piece limited edition.
The allure of this timepiece also lies in its chromatic uniformity: a beautiful black silhouette, subtly carved out from the slate grey shades of the beadblasted DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) steel case, dial and strap.
Achieved by galvanic treatment and lacquered finishes, the Kiton Ateliers’ signature is evident at first glance on the brass dial thanks to the Neapolitan tailor's houndstooth motif that has been a firm favourite since it purchased at auction the wardrobe of King Edward VIII of England, who was hailed, if not for his ephemeral reign, at least for his elegance as an acknowledged dandy.
Like its illustrious ancestor, and thanks to Chopard Twin technology, the mechanical movement L.U.C 96.53-L with automatic winding is equipped with twin barrels ensuring a 58-hour power reserve. It is powered by a micro-rotor made of tungsten, a high-density alloy facilitating optimal winding. Featuring movement bridges finely decorated with "Côtes de Genève", the L.U.C XP Il Sarto Kiton watch is equally beautiful inside and out, which is precisely why its precious calibre is visible through a transparent case-back.