A mesmerizing flying tourbillon and an incredible new iteration of the brand's famous minute repeater are among the coolest novelties I have seen in quite some time now!
Chopard, especially their L.U.C division that was named after the brands founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard, is focussed on creating intricate horological masterpieces for 25 years now and thus they are celebrating the anniversary with two timepieces that promote the core of the brands watchmaking standard.
The first piece I want to talk about is the L.U.C Flying T Twin that, as the name already suggests, incorporates a flying tourbillon as its main complication. However, there is more to it than just that complication, or less when it comes to case thickness. With a movement height of just 3.3mm this is one of the thinnest flying tourbillon movements ever created, which is furthermore topped by featuring the geneva seal and chronometer certification. Yet it doesn't stop here, as you'd expect from Chopard the case is made of fairmined white gold, which is one of the brands approaches to a more sustainable luxury watchmaking.
The brand has been focussing on using fairmined gold for a few years now and with the introduction of their latest creation the brand also introduces an improved manufacturing process that reduces waste and increases manufacturing efficiency. Close to our environment and also reminiscent of Louis-Ulysse Chopard's forebears, the white gold blue galvanized dial shows a hand engraved honeycomb pattern, indicating the watchmakers' relation to beekeeping.
At 40mm in diameter the watch wears exceptionally well and its soft alligator strap enhances the luxurious feeling. With the flying tourbillon visible at six o'clock the wearer is always pleased with a direct view on this exquisite complication and once the watch is turned over, the rest of the magnificent micro rotor movement becomes visible.
Limited to 50 pieces. Price on request.
Another novelty that Chopard is introducing is a new case material for their minute repeater watch, which sits among their utmost high-end complications. In 2017 their first Full Strike model was awarded the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève and is now for the first time offered in platinum, which can be regarded as one the most precious metals.
Fitting for such an incredible complication the platinum case contrasts beautifully against the blue and greyish dial and thanks to the sapphire gongs the sound of the minute repeater is limited by the dense material.
With an open-worked dial, the intricate mechanism can be seen when the minute repeater function is engaged, resulting in a beautiful play of mechanics and sound. The 42.5mm case certainly has a presence on the wrist, but I find this to be very pleasing for such an extraordinary watch. Such as the other L.U.C watches, the Full Strike features the geneva seal and is chronometer certified to further elevate its exclusive nature.
Limited to 20 pieces. Price on request.