Chopardluc1963chronograph

The Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph

In Fashion, Watches by John Galt Comments


Chopard have joined the small list of watch makers to have their own in-house movement, released this year at baselworld the calibre L.U.C 03.07-L is a manually wound chronograph with flyback .
Normally in my reviews I would write about the movement last but this is totally different this movement takes your breath away with its sheer unadulterated beauty.


Chopard LUC 1963 Chronograph - Face

Made to commemorate 50th anniversary of the Scheufele family acquiring the Maison Chopard it echoes back to pocket watch movements of the 60’s and represents the quintessential passion of traditional horology in its purest form, its sophisticated and technical construction and high degree of finishing has earn it the Poincan de Genève hallmark. I am impressed with the clear attention to detail with circuler&straight graining and Cotes de Genève motif on the bridges; the bridges are finished in nickel silver elegantly exposing itself against the gold movement this is a real treat for the horological purist and I for one cannot stop staring at it its mesmerizingly beautiful.


The Chopard LUC 1963 Chronograph - Rear Mechanism Window

The off white sunburst classic looking dial has two sub dials for the chronograph at 6&9 with flyback centre seconds hand, a seconds dial at 6’oclock, the chronograph dials are distinguished by red hands which pop out of the dial and give them a real sense of purpose. A small date window between 4&5 looks good and doesn’t spoil the ascetics at all, as with the rest of L.U.C collections the numerals are elegant curved roman numerals.

Finnishing off the piece is a gorgous hand-sewn alligator strap with rose gold pin and buckle.

Limited to only 50 pieces one for every year since they took over Chopard for a cost of a little over $44,000 which given the movement is a good price .

Conclusion

This is one stunning elegant beauty and I for one are smitten by its charms,would I own one, not sure, would I want to keep looking at that beautiful movement everyday if I did ,yes I would .now they have made such a stunning movement I would love to see it in a skeleton dial so you can see it all the time without having to take watch off .


The Chopard LUC 1963 Chronograph - Internal Mechanism
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