Chopard updates the closet of the L.U.C XP with an on-pattern blue dial and a blue Merino wool lash. Although it is the simplest, most Spartan individual from the L.U.C watch family, indicating just the hours and minutes, the watch is abounding with subtle details. Exploring the route of casual elegance on the dial, the specifications are identical to the 2017 model and the watch is fitted with the ultra-meager in-house L.U.C automatic caliber with its licensed Twin architecture.
Launched in 2006, the L.U.C XP was the main ultra-meager watch in the very good quality L.U.C collection and won the 2006 GPHG prize in the ultra-slender watch category. Returned to along with the L.U.C XPS model by architect Guy Bove (previous creative director of Ferdinand Berthoud), the 2017 model signaled another direction for the L.U.C ultra-flimsy models. The objective was to invigorate the looks of the dial and offer a more contemporary, more casual product that would appeal to a more extensive audience. The L.U.C XP was introduced in a stainless steel case with a matte silver-conditioned silk brushed dial with dynamic blue numerals and a blue woven cashmere lash. The 2019 L.U.C XP pursues a similar vein and is dressed with an attractive naval force blue dial and contrasting rose-gold color indications.
The Elements of Style
Although the 40mm stainless steel case probably won’t be a purist’s ideal dress watch size, and a case thickness of 7.20mm is not, at this point considered the exemplification of ultra-slender, the case breadth is deliberately contemporary and the stature is still exceptionally slim. Another consideration is the choice of a stell case: in addition to the fact that it goes a long path in containing the price, it is eminently practical consistently. The polished bezel and surface of the lugs contrasts to the elegant vertical glossy silk brushed casebands for a sleek, urban feel. To enhance the comfort of the watch on the wrist, the region of the lugs that comes into contact with the wrist has a soft, rounded edge.
The dial respects the minimalist, less is more appeal of the 2017 L.U.C XP but comes with a more fashionable naval force blue color offset with rose gold-plated indications. That probably won’t sound like a pivotal change, but the blue dial increases the ‘casual-chic’ factor of the watch noticeably. With its profound vertical glossy silk brushed completion that echoes the completion on the flanks of the case, the blue dial offers a perfectly matte background for the applied rose gold-plated tightened hour markers and Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The tender loving care of L.U.C’s watchmakers stretches out all the path to the completion of Arabic numerals, polished and slightly curved for additional volume. The hands are done in similar rose gold-plated material as the other indications and are Dauphine-fusée style, implying that they tighten towards the tip.
Automatic Caliber 96.53-L
The Caliber 96.53-L is an in-house automatic development with a tungsten micro-rotor. A ultra-meager development with a tallness of just 3.30mm, the benefit of it being controlled by a micro-rotor implies that you can see a lot a greater amount of the mechanics, including portions of the stuff train, the balance and the various levels and scaffolds that compose its architecture. Working at a frequency of 28,800vph, the development is equipped with brand’s licensed Twin® technology as two stacked origin barrels for 58 hours of autonomy. The extensions are decorated with Côtes de Genève and display nicely beveled edges and there are black engraved writings on the rotor and bridges.
Asserting the casual-elegant, smart, design forward soul of the watch is the blue Merino wool lash with an earthy colored leather lining. The watch also comes with a Cognac-colored alligator tie, the two choices fitted with a steel pin buckle. The price of the L.U.C XP is EUR 8,100. More details at www.chopard.com .