Chopard capitalizes on its role as the official accomplice of the Cannes Film Festival (14-25 May) and launches an azure adaptation of its ultra-slender L.U.C XPS gent’s model. Dressed for the red-carpet occasion, the L.U.C XPS Azur wears an attractive blue suit and comes in a 18k ethical gold case. Limited to just 10 pieces, the watch bears its own personal accolades: the chronometric performance of the development is COSC certified and the overall quality and completions of the watch are supported with the Poinçon de Genève seal.
Red carpet flair
Since Chopard became an official accomplice of the glamorous occasion gave to cinema in 1988, Caroline Scheufele’s high jewelry creations and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s most elegant dress watches have accompanied the world’s greatest stars down the red carpet. Last year, Chopard gave men a L.U.C XPS 1860 edition with a flamboyant red guilloché dial and jewel hour markers. For 2019, the brand embraces a similar best in class L.U.C XPS 1860 model with its slight profile, double certification (COSC and Geneva Seal) and limited edition production.
The 40mm case is produced using 18k ethical white gold and has a stature of just 7.20mm allowing the watch to slide elegantly under a cuff. A relatively discreet case, the superstar is the blue hand-guilloché dial that summons the colors of the Mediterranean, the backdrop to the Cannes Film Festival. The dial reveals a progression of textures: the central piece of the dial is beautifully decorated with a guilloché transmitting wave theme that radiates from the L.U.C logo at 12 o’clock; the recessed small seconds counter at 6 o’clock displays a concentric example; while the chapter hour ring is sunburst with a glossy silk brushed completion. Similar to last year’s red-carpet edition, the hour markers are baguette-cut precious stones and the hands, as is standard with most L.U.C watches, are stylised Dauphine hands. Naturally, there is anything but a single trace of luminescence on this model. The minutes track, the three markers on the small seconds counter and the brand name and model in the cartouche are a golden sandy colour.
Calibre L.U.C 96.01-L
Below deck is Chopard’s base development, similar one that made its debut on board the principal 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 procured 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 caseback also features the corresponding number/10 of the watch.
Price and availability
A limited edition of just 10 pieces, the watch comes with a hand-stitched black alligator lash and 18k white gold pin buckle and retails for CHF 37,800. More details on chopard.com .