As part of its Baselworld 2019 collection, Chopard presents the latest livery for its L.U.C Quattro. Still equipped with its formidable, ultra-slim, four-barrelled motor, the changes are limited exclusively to the dial. Housed in a white gold case, the dial displays a discreet dim color in line with the brand’s pursuit of the controlled and tasteful esthetics one may associate with ‘English gentlemen’. English or not, the choice of case material and the color and finish of the dial go a long route in treating the personality of this distinguished individual from the very good quality L.U.C family.
Evolution of an icon
Introduced in 2000, the L.U.C Quattro demonstrated that elegance need not be risked by power. Packing four heart barrels for a colossal 9-day power save into a development would usually result in a hulking, thick case, but the primary L.U.C Quattro surprised us with its controlled 36mm breadth and ultra-slim development measuring just 3.70mm thick. Last year, the dial of the L.U.C Quattro was given a makeover and pared down quite dramatically. The unmistakable Roman numerals were exchanged for hour markers and just two Arabic numerals at 9 and 3 o’clock, and the silver-conditioned dial featured a vertical glossy silk brushed completion and contrasting blue indices and hands. Sleeker, definitely more contemporary and casual than its predecessors, the 2018 model also featured a touch of lume on the hands.
Restraint and elegance
In 2019, the L.U.C Quattro continues to evolve subtlely. The case still measures 43mm but is crafted in 18k white gold and actually looks smaller and is less ostentatious than the 2018 rose gold variant . The polished bezel and upper surface of the lugs contrast to the vertical glossy silk brushed casebands and bear witness to the excellent completions of all L.U.C watches. The real change respects the dial, which presents a color that is devilishly difficult to describe; grayish-blue, greenish-dim, denim-blue – take your pick. In any case, it is categorically not ‘another blue’ dial.
Like the sides of the case, the surface of the dial features a hand-crafted vertical glossy silk brushed wrap up creating an elegant textured background for the applied rhodium-plated hour markers and numerals. The plating matches the white gold case and echoes the matte completion of the casebands. The small seconds and date sub-dial at 6 o’clock is slightly recessed and features a snailed center. The arch-molded force save indicator at 12 o’clock is also recessed from the dial and graduated from 1 to 9 alluding to the development’s formidable 9-day power hold. For additional visibility in low light conditions, the Dauphine-style hands have a piece of Super-LumiNova in their centre.
Calibre L.U.C 98.01-L
One of the most original developments to rise out of Chopard’s L.U.C Manufacture is the Caliber 98.01-L and its protected Quattro technology. ‘Quattro’ alludes to the four barrels (stacked in two sets) that furnish this watch with its remarkable endurance of 216 hours. The beauty of this manual-winding development is its lean 3.7mm profile. Certified as a chronometer by the COSC, the completions on the development reflect the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark and include Geneva stripes on the extensions, perlage on the mainplate, polished bevels and screw heads.
The 2019 L.U.C Quattro comes on an earthy colored alligator lash with earthy colored alligator lining and a white gold pin buckle. A limited release of 50 pieces, the price for the L.U.C Quattro in white gold/dark dial will be EUR 23,700. More details at www.chopard.com .