13 January 2019
Chopard is adding an exceptional item to its precious collection of L.U.C XP Urushi timepieces which each year pays tribute to one of the 12 signs of the zodiac. The ancestral Japanese art of Urushi is thus being called upon to create a watch marking the start of the traditional Chinese calendar’s Year of the Pig. Regarded as generous, perspicacious and fun-loving, this symbolic animal lends its cheerful face to an exceptionally refined creation driven by an ultra-thin L.U.C movement: Calibre 96.17-L.
The quintessence of Urushi, the ancestral Japanese art of lacquerware associated with the most refined expression of Swiss watchmaking, thereby giving rise to the new L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Pig limited edition of 88 pieces. Chopard, the Artisan of Emotions, is introducing its customary annual celebration of a new Chinese calendar cycle with an expressive dial brimming with symbolism. The Year of the Pig will begin on February 5th 2019 and end on January 24th 2020.
The dial of this new zodiac watch is entirely hand-crafted. It gives pride of place to Asian culture by using the traditional Japanese lacquer technique known as Urushi. The scene represents a golden pig (a symbol of abundance) with a protruding stomach (a sign of joviality) appearing against a multicoloured forest background. As traditionally depicted in the Chinese zodiac, there is nothing dirty or negative about the pig, which is instead regarded as sincere, hard-working, considerate and generous. A Year of the Pig is thus composed of successful exertions, as well as festivities.