Chopard should not be failed to remember when the subject of Haute Horlogerie comes on the table, especially with the L.U.C collection – launched in 1996 and representing the brand’s top line. The Chopard L.U.C collection comprises watches with beautifully hand-finished in-house developments. The principal development they launched in this collection was caliber 1.96. Four years later, in the year 2000, Chopard introduced the primary L.U.C Quattro, the world’s direct wound caliber with four stacked heart barrels. Just before Baselworld 2018, here is another understanding of the Chopard L.U.C Quattro.
The L.U.C Quattro is one of the significant watches in the L.U.C collection. But not alone. Surely, when the Scheufele family decided to relaunch the L.U.C Collection in 1996, they made it with an extraordinary looking watch as well as with a superb development, the calibre 1.96. This development featured a bidirectional 22ct-gold micro-rotor and twin stacked barrels giving 65 hours of force hold, but also an exceptionally pleasant hand-wrapping up. It was seen, around then, as extraordinary compared to other automatic developments produced by a Swiss company. The caliber satisfied the guidelines of both the COSC and the Poinçon de Genève, guaranteeing both precision and quality of completing and decoration. For that reason, it is viewed as an equal among peers like Patek and Vacheron.
Later, in 2000, the Chopard L.U.C welcomed another extraordinary development, the Quattro. The Quattro was the world’s direct wound caliber with four stacked heart barrels, delivering energy for no less than 216 hours, or 9 days! Presently, you can envision that such a development would be a behemoth. Be that as it may, back in 2000, it was housed in a slim, elegant and superbly controlled 36mm watch – and still completed to the highest guidelines. This 4-barrel, hand-wound, 9-day power save development is undoubtedly ultra-dainty, at 3.70mm thick – a thickness that numerous brands would love to achieve on a simple 3-hand automatic movement… The beauty of the Chopard L.U.C Quattro is here: a slim, elegant dress watch with an extremely powerful and precise development. No concessions had been made.
Prior to Baselworld 2018, Chopard is about to launch another translation of the Quattro, with another limited version of 50 pieces, planned considering elegance but also advancement. Roused by the new plan of its L.U.C XP and XPS collections in 2017 , Chopard is stretching out their esthetic principle to one of their significant watches. The new Chopard L.U.C Quattro stay true to the plan codes the brand created in 1996 but now adds some advanced touches, a slightly more casual style and some colored accents.
The dial is the fundamental evolution. Silver-conditioned and vertical silk brushed across its whole surface, it bears contrasting blue records and hands – this blue color is gotten by a warming process and not by a lacquer. As a more present day and less formal interpretation of the L.U.C plan, this new Quattro also has luminous hands and Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock. The dial, regardless of whether rather simple from the outset, features 3 additional functions: a sub-dial at 6 o’clock with the small second and the pointer date, an arched force hold indication at 12 o’clock.
The case, despite the fact that containing a 9-day power save development, has slender extents – despite the fact that bolder than the original model, with a 43mm distance across but only 8.84mm thick. For this 50-piece limited version, we locate a 18k rose gold case, with polished flat surfaces and vertically brushed casebands. To continue with the less formal plan, the tie is blue and textured with a woven-effect.
Inside the case is the Quattro development. As said, it features two sets of stacked barrels, which bless this certified chronometer with a maximum 216 hours of autonomy, while keeping it surprisingly slim at just 3.7 mm thick. The other favorable position of having 4 and not 1 large barrel is about the regularity of the torque distribution – which will be much more stable with 4 barrels, which means a more constant force delivered to the escapement. The Quattro development is still nicely decorated, according to the Poinçon de Genève norms – hand-polished angles, perlage on the principle plate, all parts decorated, even on covered up sides.
This new interpretation of the Chopard L.U.C Quattro – Ref. 161926-5004 – in 18-carat rose gold with silver-conditioned dial will be a limited version of 50 pieces, priced at CHF 24,600 or EUR 23,300. More details on www.chopard.com .