Friday, April 15, 2016

CHOPARD – L.U.C Perpetual Twin Chronometer

CHOPARDL.U.C Perpetual Twin Chronometer NEW

New movement launched in steel case
L.U.C Perpetual Twin: A classic complication at great value

When Chopard launched their first L.U.C manual wind chronograph calibre simultaneously in a rose gold case and steel case for the L.U.C 1963 Collection, it was the first time a new L.U.C movement had been launched in a steel case, albeit simultaneously with the customary inaugural rose gold version. For 2016, the 20th anniversary of the L.U.C Collection, Chopard surprises us with a new L.U.C movement launched in a steel case! 

For 20 years, Chopard Manufacture has created the L.U.C collection: unique, finely crafted timepieces redolent with modernity, while respectful of Swiss watchmaking traditions. This year, Chopard is shakes up the classic codes of complicated Haute Horlogerie by introducing the new L.U.C Perpetual Twin: an all-steel chronometer-certified perpetual calendar.

This year, the Chopard welcomes a classic, haute horlogerie perpetual calendar complication to its well established L.U.C collection that has been offering unique, finely crafted timepieces imbued with a resolutely modern touch while respectful of Swiss watchmaking traditions.

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The new L.U.C Perpetual Twin, an all-steel chronometer-certified perpetual calendar, is endowed with the mechanical excellence of Chopard complications while housing its perpetual calendar movement within a stainless steel 43 mm case: it thereby combines versatility and modernity while remaining loyal to the stringent quality standards of the L.U.C collection.

The L.U.C Perpetual Twin offers a new approach to the perpetual calendar ensuring maximum readability. A large twin-aperture date display, a flagship complication of the L.U.C collection, is positioned at 12 o’clock, while the days and months each have their own dedicated outsized subdial. Finally, the year indication has been miniaturised and offset to the months dial.

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The February indication location reveals whether or not the year is a leap year like 2016 will be. With its incomparable style and its hand-sewn black alligator leather strap, the L.U.C Perpetual Twin asserts itself at first glance through a strong aesthetic picking up the key characteristics of the L.U.C collection.

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Large polished and raised Roman numerals run around the rim of the silver-toned dial, while a finely sunburst motif radiates from the L.U.CHOPARD logo. Alternating matt and polished finishes create a delightful shimmering effect on this new and original timepiece.

 A new superbly crafted movement

A calendar is said to be perpetual if it displays the exact date in all circumstances. It mechanically calculates and shows the duration of months variously lasting 28, 29, 30 and 31 days. Its mode of operation calls for extremely sophisticated construction and adjustment so as to remain consistently accurate

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Based on the micro-rotor technique coupled with two barrels (patented Twin® technology), this calibre supplies the watch with a comfortable 58-hour power reserve. In keeping with the quality demands of the manufacture, the movement is finished in accordance with the highest aesthetic standards. Its components are all hand-bevelled and their surface is either circular-grained or adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif, depending on their position within this distinguished mechanism.

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Finally, its chronometric rating precision is certified by the COSC, reflecting the determination of Chopard Co-President, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who devotes great importance to independent certification of the timekeeping precision achieved by L.U.C watches.

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Total mastery

Movement construction, product design, gold smelting, case stamping and machining, movement components, traditional hand-crafted decorations, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, movement adjustment and quality control: all operations involved in watch production are performed in-house by Chopard.

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The Maison applies them to the making of each watch in the L.U.C collection paying tribute to the founder whose initials it bears: Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Profoundly attached to the pure lines and the subtle details that made his watches such highly sought-after items, Louis-Ulysse Chopard back in his days already knew how to attire gentlemen with beautiful pocket-watches.

Technical Specifications

Ref: 168561-3001

Model: L.U.C Perpetual Twin Chronometer

• Stainless steel
• Total diameter  43 mm
• Thickness 11.47 mm
• Water resistance  30 metres
• Stainless steel crown with L.U.C logo 6.50 mm
• Vertical satin-brushed case middle
• Polished bezel and case-back
• Glareproofed sapphire crystal
• Exhibition back
• Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.51-L
• Total diameter 33.00 mm
• Thickness  6.00 mm
• Number of jewels 27 jewels
• Frequency  28,800 vph (4 Hz)
• Power reserve:  58 hours
• Two barrels – Twin® technology
• Automatic winding by a micro-rotor
• Bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif
• Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Dial and hands:
• Silver-toned dial with sunburst satin-brushed motif focused on the calendar
• Perpetual calendar dials (large-aperture date, day of the week, month and leap years)
• Rhodiumed Dauphine-type hour, minute, day, month and small seconds hands
• Rhodiumed red-tipped triangular leap-year hands
• Rhodiumed Roman numerals
• Minute track
Functions and displays:
  • Central display of the hours and minutes
  • Small seconds display at 6 o’clock
  • Large date display at 12 o’clock
  • Day of the week and month displays at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively
  • Offset leap-year display between 2 and 3 o’clock.
Strap and buckle:
• Hand-sewn black alligator leather with alligator leather lining

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