Following a total patch up and extension of its premises, Chopard returns its Bond Street flagship boutique and celebrates with eight special models of its L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer model. The ultra-slender white gold L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Royal Arms of England features a pivoted officer-style caseback that has been appropriately decorated to check the occasion.
A lesson in style and mechanics
In 1996 Chopard introduced its first in-house development – caliber 96.01-L – housed inside the L.U.C 1860 watch. This milestone automatic caliber with its formidable mechanics and svelte measurements brought forth a remarkable collection of watches. On account of their ultra-slim profiles, discreet, elegant styling and outstanding mechanical calibers, individuals from the distinguished L.U.C XPS family are turning up at the most glamorous occasions, including the Cannes Film Festival where an azure and a red guilloché dial were spotted on the red carpet.
Richard the Lionheart
Like its honorary pathway siblings, the 40mm case is produced using 18k white gold and has a slim profile of just 7.70mm – it is slightly thicker than the Cannes models because of the pivoted officer-style caseback. The thought behind this pivoted cover used on pocket watches was to protect the glass over the development, just as giving a blank canvas to etching or other customisation choices. On this L.U.C XPS 1860, the pusher to open the caseback is coordinated into the crown.
Given the context, a solid English theme has been chosen to decorate the inside of the cover and an engraved lion, symbolizing Richard I of England, guards the movement.
The gold dial has been subjected to a galvanic treatment to produce the anthracite dim color and is decorated in the center with a hand-guilloché honeycomb design and contrasting snailed small seconds. This honeycomb theme was first seen on the 2017 L.U.C XPS Officer version and on the brand’s first flying tourbillon . The example suggests a bee colony and alludes to the main logo used by founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Like the hour markers, the Dauphine hands are also gilded to match the case metal.
CALIBRE L.U.C 96.01-L
Below deck is Chopard’s base development, a similar one that showed up ready the primary L.U.C model of 1996. Visible through the sapphire glass caseback, the development is equipped with a 22k yellow gold micro-rotor and two barrels (Chopard Twin® technology) ensuring approximately 65 hours of autonomy. The development is just 3.3mm thick and its remarkable precision is certified by COSC. The artisanal completes have also acquired the watch its Poinçon de Genève hallmark. A Haute Horlogerie creation, all the parts display a serious level of craftsmanship with chamfered spans decorated with thick Geneva stripes, polished angles and circular graining on the mainplate.
The refurbished boutique on 12-13 Bond Street is probably the largest boutique in Europe and notwithstanding the watch and jewelry collections, it will reflect the Maison’s commitment to sustainability with an antique parquet floor acquired from old buildings and locally sourced materials.
Price and Availability
The eight-piece limited release comes on an earthy colored alligator lash with a 18k white gold pin buckle and will be available exclusively from Chopard’s UK boutiques. Price on request. For additional details, please visit www.chopard.com .