The soft gleam of platinum. The sparkle of diamonds. The refinement of a Chopard flying tourbillon calibre. The ten L.U.C Flying T Twin Baguette timepieces perfectly master the formal elegance one expects on the steps of the Cannes Film Festival. Drawing on all sources of nobility and exclusivity, Chopard adorns men’s wrists with an extremely rare watch featuring the first Chopard movement equipped with a flying tourbillon: the L.U.C 96.24-L calibre. This pinnacle of watchmaking art is poised to shine amid the popping of camera flashes lighting up the red carpet leading to the Palais des Festivals.
Chopard, the Red Carpet jeweller
Chopard and cinema are caught up in a never-ending story of love and emotions. In 1998, on the initiative of Caroline Scheufele, co-president and artistic director of Chopard, the Maison became an official partner to the world’s largest film event: the Cannes International Film Festival. Since then, the mythical montée des marches ritual has been accompanied by dazzling creations carefully crafted in the Chopard workshops. And because gentlemen are equally keen to shine alongside women as the cameras flash at the Cannes Film Festival, Chopard is presenting a new edition of its first flying tourbillon watch, specially designed to be worn on the red carpet. The L.U.C Flying T Twin Baguette limited edition will be reserved for ten gentlemen who wish to own a timepiece that is as inwardly precious as it is outwardly refined.
Elegance and technique
A tuxedo of the finest summer wool. A Sea Island cotton pleated shirt with onyx buttons. A wide, slightly nonchalant velvet bow tie. Which watch could be better suited to this impeccably chic outfit – a subtle variation on the mandatory dress code theme for ascending the red-carpeted staircase at Cannes – than the L.U.C Flying T Twin Baguette? Carved from platinum. Adorned with baguette-cut diamonds. Fitted with a black hand-guillochéd solid gold dial featuring the gilded L.U.CHOPARD logo and a sunburst satin-brushed rim. Distinguished by impeccably slim proportions. Highlighting this veritable festival of Haute Horlogerie, it is equipped with an exquisitely crafted self-winding flying tourbillon movement. This 7.2 mm thick ten-piece limited edition watch is the masculine counterpart of Chopard’s Red Carpet Collection, presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
The L.U.C Flying T Twin Baguette timepiece is a magnificent work of horological art, combining the excellence of manual finishing with that of materials, the exceptional brilliance of diamonds with the charisma of a precious metal. Raising both form and substance to the highest degree of sophistication, this timepiece nonetheless maintains a soberly understated approach entirely in keeping with the subtle codes governing evening wear. Already the acknowledged Red Carpet Jeweller and creator of dazzling jewellery, Chopard also naturally finds its way onto the wrists of actors, directors, producers and gentlemen from around the world. They needed a piece on a par with the event, capable of enhancing their wrists with its inherent exclusivity and brilliance. The L.U.C Flying T Twin Baguette is all this at once.
Chopard, partner to the Cannes International Film Festival since 1998, is proudly presenting a new Haute Horlogerie L.U.C timepiece specially dedicated to gentlemen treading the red carpet of this unmissable annual film event. Inspired by the colours of the Riviera, the blue-clad hand-guilloché dial of the new L.U.C XPS Azur perfectly mirrors the shades of the Mediterranean. Issued in a ten-piece limited series made of 18-carat ethical gold, it bears the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark and beats to the rhythm of the L.U.C 96.01-L movement, chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The L.U.C XPS Azur is the ultimate reflection of the craftsmanship and quest for aesthetic refinement characteristic of Chopard Manufacture’s exclusive horological creations.
Chopard, the Red Carpet watchmaker-jeweller
Chopard and film-making are engaged in an ageless love story built on powerful emotions. In 1998, at the initiative of Chopard Co-President and Creative Director Caroline Scheufele, the Maison became Official Partner to the world’s greatest cinema event: the Cannes International Film Festival. Ever since artists’ appearances on the red carpet and the legendary ‘Montée des marches’ ritual have been accompanied by dazzling creations meticulously crafted Chopard’s workshops. Its artisans master the art of making far more than merely watches and jewellery, instead of giving life to creations synonymous with emotions. Given that gentlemen are just as keen as women to shine in front of the camera flashlights at the Cannes International Film Festival. Chopard is presenting a new interpretation of its exceptional L.U.C timepiece collection, specially designed to be worn on the red carpet: the L.U.C XPS Azur in 18-carat ethical white gold. This intrinsically exclusive new L.U.C model is issued in a ten-piece limited edition and adorned with a dial whose azure hue recalls the intense blue of the Mediterranean sea, dotted with luxury wooden runabouts whisking gentleman from their yachts anchored in the bay of Cannes and moored to the pontoons of La Croisette ahead of the red carpet ceremony. A French Riviera touch is synonymous with elegance and glamour.
Imbued with elegant simplicity, the L.U.C XPS watch – famed within the L.U.C collection for its pared-down, modern design – now appears bedecked in azure blue. Its slim 40 mm-diameter 18-carat ethical white gold case frames an azure blue dial graced with a hand-guilloché radiating motif reflecting the exceptional expertise cultivated by Chopard. The sunburst rim is lit up by baguette-cut hour-markers, swept over by Dauphine-type hands. Endowed with the aesthetic codes of the L.U.C collection, this timepiece also features perfectly proportioned lines and houses an in-house manufactured ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement. Equipped with a 22-carat micro-rotor and two barrels (Chopard Twin technology) ensuring approximately 65 hours of operating autonomy, the L.U.C 96.01-L movement measures 3.3 mm thick and displays remarkable precision, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It’s artisanal finishing, visible through the exhibition case-back, testifies the extreme degree of craftsmanship distinguishing Haute Horlogerie creations bearing the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark: bridges meticulously chamfered and adorned with Côtes de Genève, along with a chamfered and circular-grained mainplate. Admirably expressing style and fine craftsmanship, this unique model radiates a prestigious aura on the red carpet at the Cannes Festival.
The newest interpretation of the iconic Happy Sport has curvy oval proportions and a supple, updated version of the original galet (pebble) bracelet that adorned the first watch in the collection back in 1993. The bracelet is masterfully constructed using polished rounded pebble-like links, and while made of steel, it is as flexible as knitted mesh. It thus follows the curves of the wrist. This combination of fine construction, along with the use of both steel and diamonds, makes the watch accessible and wearable in the spirit of the easy-going charm at the heart of Happy Sport. In addition to the seven bezel-set diamonds dancing between sapphire crystals over the dial, there are diamonds set into the curved bezel of the stainless steel version.
CHOPARD embraces the basics of traditional fine watchmaking with the classic L.U.C Quattro. The satin-brushed dial is an extraordinary greyish-green shade, evoking private gentlemen’s clubs and a formal air of elegance, yet with eccentric details, including the dial’s satin-brushed finish, Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock and the Super-LumiNova covered Dauphine fusée-type hands. The movement, caliber L.U.C 98.01-L, has two pairs of stacked barrels for an incredible 216-hour (nine-day) power reserve. Despite this Quattro mainspring power, the movement is still ultra-thin, and the case is only 8.84 mm thick. This is a 50-piece limited edition in 18k white gold, with a 43 mm case. It is finished to Poinçon de Genève standards.
WATCHES & WONDERS MIAMI EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS, BECOMING THE NEW MUST-ATTEND EVENT FOR LUXURY CONSUMERS
New Product Introductions, Interactive Programming And A Full Weekend Of Event Activations Draw Record Crowds To The Miami Design District
In just two years, Watches & Wonders Miami (WWM), presented by the Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) and the Miami Design District Associates (MDDA), has captured the attention of luxury consumers with its access to the latest new products from 30 of the world’s leading watch and jewelry maisons, along with a robust offering of interactive educational programming and integrated partnerships with both the Miami Concours and the Miami Yacht Show. The three-day event, taking place over the popular Presidents Day Weekend, attracted nearly 28,000 attendees to the Miami Design District—an astonishing 40% increase from last year’s inaugural event.
“We could not be more pleased with the results of Watches & Wonders Miami 2019,” stated Fabienne Lupo, Chairwoman and Managing Director of the Foundation Haute Horlogerie. “In addition to the significant growth and expansion that we’ve been able to achieve, there has been overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees. Our exhibiting maisons are also thrilled with the success and we are already talking about plans for next year.”
“From watch connoisseurs and car fanatics to locals and first-time visitors, we welcomed more people than ever before to the Miami Design District this weekend for the return of Watches and Wonders,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra Development and developer of the Miami Design District. “Foot traffic almost doubled from last year, a sign of a remarkably successful event which could not have been possible without our partners the FHH, Miami Concours and the Miami Yacht Show. As Watches and Wonders continues to grow, we can’t wait to see what next year’s edition will bring to the vibrant city of Miami!”
A Thursday night pre-opening cocktail party at Design District hot spot, Swan, brought together industry executives, top collectors and Miami’s best and brightest, kicking off a weekend of festivities that also included a special concert in the Palm Court by the Miami Symphony Orchestra which composed a new score especially for the event. Exhibiting maisons presented their latest collections featuring extraordinary one-of-a-kind creations and the most sought-after new introductions, while also treating guests to a range of compelling events and activations from lively conversations with celebrated watchmakers and master craftsmen, to art installations, rooftop soirees and intimate dinners with industry leaders and legends.
Many exhibitors such as Dior, Girard-Perregaux, Hublot, HYT and Ulysse Nardin used WWM as the ideal platform to hold major global new product launches to an audience of luxury consumers, industry influencers and media. And for CEOs such as Jean-Marc Pontroué of Panerai and Patrick Pruniaux of Ulysse Nardin and Girard-Perregaux, as well as Grégory Dourde of HYT, Pierre Jacques of De Bethune, Edouard Meylan of H. Moser & Cie., Christelle Rosnoblet of Speake-Marin, Marco Tedeschi of RJ, and master watchmakers Romain Gauthier and Kari Voutilainen, WWM offered a rare opportunity for them to connect directly with their fans and future collectors and share their savoir-faire.
With its ongoing mission to further fine watchmaking education globally, the FHH organized three full days of sold-out workshops, conferences and panel discussions that featured an impressive line-up of CEOs, leading retailers and notable journalists. Dynamic speakers such as Ann Micklos from NASA, who showcased the watch that survived the Columbia space shuttle disaster, along with dedicated women’s tracks, and lively discussions on topics ranging from social media to insider tips on collecting, helped draw more than 500 attendees to the educational sessions.
On Sunday, red carpet lined 39th Street and some of the world’s rarest and most collectible automobiles were on display for WWM guests as part of the Miami Concours. A 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS won Best of Show and automotive legend Horacio Pagani was also honoured. The nearby 31st annual Miami Yacht Show Record crowds visited the nearby Miami Yacht Show, in its new location at One Herald Plaza, also added even more “wonder” to the weekend with nearly 500 extraordinary yachts and super yachts on display, including the 300+ foot ‘Kismet’.
The FHH and MDDA have confirmed that Watches & Wonders Miami will return for a third consecutive year in 2020 to once again offer attendees exceptional access to latest watch and jewelry novelties from the world’s leading maisons, as well as unique educational and experiential opportunities for all.
The 30 maisons that participated in Watches & Wonders Miami are:
Lange & Söhne
Tiffany & Co.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Grand Pop-Up Exhibition Spaces
Pop-Up Exhibition Spaces
H. Moser & Cie.
Fondation Haute Horlogerie
The Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) was established in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard- Perregaux and the Richemont Group. Headquartered, in Geneva, Switzerland, the FHH strives to promote awareness, understanding and interest in Fine Watchmaking around the world through education, training and specialized events. The FHH works in conjunction with 44 partner brands that provide financial support and assistance with project implementation.
Miami Design District Associates
The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. The Miami Design District is owned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Real Estate Catterton, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. Together Dacra and L Real Estate Catterton have actively transformed the once-overlooked area of Miami into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors by presenting the best shopping, cultural and culinary experiences within an architecturally significant context. The vision for a rejuvenated Design District — responsive to its historic, urban and tropical context – was codified in an urban master plan developed by the award-winning master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk, with the additional participation of architects including Walter Chatham, Hariri and Hariri, Juan Lezcano, Terence Riley, and Alison Spear. The Miami Design District embodies a singular dedication to the unity of design, fashion, art and architecture, and a commitment to encourage a neighborhood comprised of creative experiences.
Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher
Winner of the Aiguille d’Or (Best in Show) prize at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the L.U.C. Full Strike is adopting a new colour. This fresh interpretation clothes Chopard’s first minute repeater watch in handsome shades of grey, whilst not losing its technically revolutionary character, notably expressed by striking the hours, quarters and minutes on sapphire gongs. Its original construction, its case in “Fairmined” 18-carat white gold, the excellence of its Poinçon de Genève finishing, and above all its extraordinary sound, contribute to the exceptional nature of a watch in a league of its own. This refined and easy-wear model epitomises the best of the Chopard Manufacture expertise, inventiveness and quality.
The accomplished, expert and versatile Chopard Manufacture has been working for more than six years on its most sophisticated chiming watch to date. The L.U.C collection already included the L.U.C Strike One model launched in 2006, which chimes each striking hour. The collection was subsequently enriched with a minute repeater, entirely developed, produced and assembled by Chopard: the L.U.C Full Strike in “Fairmined” 18-carat rose gold. This exceptional watch now appears in a new set of colours with a case in “Fairmined” non rhodium-plated 18-carat white gold, framing a silver-coloured dial. It continues to house a substantial number of technical solutions that make it one of the most innovative minute repeaters on the market.
The L.U.C Full Strike is an exceptional watch that chimes the hours, quarters and minutes on transparent crystal gongs. These sapphire rings are an integral part of the watch glass, which creates a perfect loudspeaker faithfully to diffuse the chimes of the hammers striking the sapphire. This is a unique technical solution which is visible at 10 o’clock and results in a tone of matchless purity that is rich and full, powerful and resonant. The traditional metaphorical description of a sound as “crystal-clear” takes on a very literal meaning here. The L.U.C Full Strike chimes as a silver knife were delicately tapping a Bohemian crystal glass placed on the table of a gourmet restaurant.
Chopard’s watchmaking creativity
Behind this acoustic accomplishment lies one of the most sophisticated and inventive movements ever created by Chopard Manufacture. Almost 17,000 hours of development have been lavished on the development of calibre 08.01-L, which is subjected to three pending patents. Chopard has found all-new in-house responses to historical issues relating to the nature of the gongs, as well as to the operation and ergonomics of the striking system as a whole.
In particular, this movement comprises a series of security systems that protect it from all the inappropriate handling operations that can damage minute repeaters. Its crown serves to wind the movement in one direction, and its striking mechanism in the other. The L.U.C Full Strike thus accumulates enough energy to strike 12:59 – the longest time in the minute repeater repertoire – 12 times. It is equipped with a double power-reserve indicator positioned at 2 o’clock and featuring two superimposed hands respectively indicating the striking-mechanism reserve and the movement’s autonomy.
The true strength of the L.U.C Full Strike resides in the fact that this impressive array of technical prowess goes discreetly unnoticed on the wrist, thanks to a thoroughly refined watch bearing the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. Pressing the crown-integrated pusher causes it to chime the hours, quarters and minutes, to the delight of its owner and those around him.
Sapphire endowed with exceptional properties
Transparent sapphire crystal is the material traditionally used for scratch-resistant watch glasses. This very hard and homogenous material also boasts amazing acoustical properties that Chopard has succeeded in leveraging: typical minute repeater gongs are made of steel or gold segments which vibrate when struck, producing their characteristic sound. The L.U.C Full Strike is unique in that it is equipped with sapphire gongs. Moreover, Chopard has opted to step things up a notch, since these gongs form part of a coherent set.
The gongs and watch glass are in fact machined together from a single sapphire block. They thus form a single welding, glue and screw-free entity: a construction that is totally unique in watchmaking history and for which a patent has been filed. In the watch industry, similar to the world of hi-fi audio, breaks in material are detrimental to the transmission of acoustic waves. The perfect physical integrity between the gongs and the watch glass transmits the sound directly outside the watch, with all its strength and its singular personality.
Another proof of sapphire’s versatility is its perfect robustness. Even after tests in which it undergoes one and half million impacts with steel hammers, it does not break. The corollary of this hardness is the extreme difficulty involved in working with it. Machining such a tiny set of parts in such a resistant material, without breaking the connection between the gongs and the watch glass, called for tools that are both powerful and accurate. Machining the gongs/glass set alone required more than three years of development, representing a major technical and human feat.
The strength and purity of sound
The L.U.C Full Strike has its own unique sound signature. The sound it produces is not metallic, cold or abrupt, but instead full-bodied and truly crystal-clear. The gongs are tuned to two notes: C and F. Their chime lingers pleasingly, with a very low sound-deadening factor. The tonal richness boasts unprecedented amplitude, since this is the first time that sapphire is used as a generator. Sapphire also plays the role of acoustic amplifier.
Finally, the L.U.C Full Strike astonishes by the intensity of its chime. This is not a goal in itself for Chopard, which would never seek to achieve it to the detriment of sound quality. Throughout the 16 seconds that the watch takes to strike 12:59, it chimes in a uniform manner, a result that is extremely hard to achieve and in itself represents an important horological accomplishment.
In music, silence is as important as the notes themselves. For a minute repeater, silence is equally important and Chopard has developed the L.U.C Full Strike with this in mind. The rotations of the strike governor – the component that gives the striking mechanism its rhythm – are visible at 8 o’clock. While this part may sometimes emit a humming sound, that of calibre L.U.C 08.01-L is entirely inaudible. While components used for the striking mechanism sometimes make a clicking sound at the end of the tune, the L.U.C Full Strike does no such thing. Finally, it resolves one of the most disturbing problems faced by a minute repeater: the silence between the last hours stroke and the first quarters stroke, which may vary according to the specific quarter-hour to be struck.
In simple terms, the minute repeater sequence comprises one time-window for the hours, another for the quarter-hours and a third for the minutes. A chime is thus generally punctuated by long silences, during which the watch owner must wait and may in fact wonder whether the watch is still working. The structure of calibre L.U.C 08.01-L enables it to skip these silences automatically. Its hours, quarters and minutes gear trains are superimposed and mutually drive each other. When one has completed its task, it automatically triggers the next, maintaining a constant cadence however many strokes are to be chimed subsequently.
The art of composition
Calibre 08.01-L is based on an exceptional construction. A traditional minute repeater is all about levels, with one layer measuring the time and another transforming this time into notes. The extremely thin new L.U.C calibre enables the L.U.C Full Strike to measures just 11.55 mm thick in all, a modest figure for a watch with an over 500-part movement.
On one side of the calibre, the barrel and regulating organ form a timekeeping ensemble with a 60-hour power reserve certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). In this respect, the L.U.C Full Strike meets the demands imposed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, who wanted the L.U.C collection to comprise Haute Horlogerie watches with certified precision. Contrary to tradition, the minute repeater mechanism is placed on the dial side and is thus entirely visible.
The L.U.C Full Strike steel hammers feature an individually modifiable striking force, thus making it possible for the watchmaker to perform fine adjustment of the acoustic intensity.
An original power-reserve indication system
For wind instrument musicians, breath is the basic tool that must be mastered even before the instrument itself. In a minute repeater, endurance is also a decisive factor. The L.U.C Full Strike is equipped with two barrels. Both are equipped with a slipping spring, as used in self-winding movements, in order to ensure that winding operations are not impeded by an overwound spring, and thereby protecting them against any risk of snapping. One stores up the energy required for time measurement and the other for the minute repeater. The L.U.C Full Strike therefore does not draw the energy required for the chime from a winding lever such as is generally found on the caseband. The energy is instead stored in a dedicated barrel enabling the movement to chime “the longest time” (12:59) 12 times in a row. The barrels are recharged by means of a large-diameter 18-carat white gold crown coupled with a differential gear, which transmits the force imparted by the hand towards the appropriate barrel, according to the direction in which the crown is wound.
The L.U.C Full Strike is equipped with a special system for indicating the twin power reserves, composed of two coaxially fitted hands. The first rhodium-plated one indicates the movement power reserve, while the other blued one indicates the number of chimes that can be activated. The latter indication is not there for information purposes only, since it also serves as a basis for one of the many security systems protecting the watch.
Securing the movement
A minute repeater mechanism is a system of interactions that is unparalleled in watchmaking. Numerous movement parts are in motion and this implies equally numerous risks of breakage. Chopard has therefore equipped Calibre 08.01-L with three security devices protecting it from any handling mistakes. The striking mechanism power reserve is coupled with a semi-toothed wheel. When the reserve drops too low, it deactivates the minute repeater chime, thus ensuring that the watch cannot sound fully, due to the lack of energy.
Moreover, in order to maximise the striking mechanism power reserve, an ingenious patented device has been incorporated into the coupling-clutch of Calibre 08.01-L. During coupling and uncoupling, the regulator does not rotate, and only when everything is in its appointed place does the striking mechanism actually consume energy.
During the chime itself, the crown is disconnected from the movement, thereby making it impossible to perform any time-setting that could damage the movement. The activating pusher built into the crown is also deactivated at this time, since a second attempt to trigger the mechanism might otherwise force the striking mechanism coupling-clutch.
Securing the sound
Breakage is not the only kind of risk facing a minute repeater movement, which may also chime imperfectly. Chopard has therefore created additional security devices guaranteeing the regularity of each sound indication. Information is picked up from the snails via the beaks on each rack, but the information is not directly transmitted via these racks as is traditionally the case, but instead via ratchet-wheels that activate gathering-pallets. This principle results in a gear ratio serving to increase security and thus ensure a regular tempo. This arrangement generally used for the hours has been extended to the quarters and minutes in this calibre.
Chopard has also resolved the issue of irregular sound intensity. To avoid the last strikes being too weak, the ratchet-wheels are coaxially arranged so as to ensure the hammers are smoothly and consistently raised and thus maintain their constant striking force on the gongs. Moreover, a flexible link between the hours and quarters ratchet-wheels guarantees a constant tempo between the last hours stroke chimed and the first quarters stroke, however many quarters need to be sounded.
With a total of seven security devices, the L.U.C Full Strike achieves a high degree of sophistication. The watch is preserved from risks of breakage. This omnipresent concern for durability and quality is the unmistakable signature of Chopard Manufacture.
The aura of distinction radiated by L.U.C timepieces
Alongside its inherent horological richness, the L.U.C Full Strike is a supremely elegant watch. In keeping with the L.U.C watch design codes, it features a vertical satin-brushed caseband creating a striking contrast with the polished bezel and case-back. All the inscriptions on the latter are hand-engraved and the case is made from “Fairmined” 18-carat white gold. This label guarantees that Chopard has sourced this gold from a cooperative whose operations are certified as ethical, fair and sustainable.
In addition to this certification, Chopard once again demonstrates its ability to shake up watchmaking customs. The white gold used in this instance is non rhodium-plated. Its glow is guaranteed by the strong presence of palladium in the alloy. Above all, this colour remains perfectly stable over the years.
Measuring 42.5 mm in diameter and 11.5 mm thick, this reasonably sized case is graced with beautifully balanced lines. Minute repeaters are generally fitted with a winding lever that supplies the necessary energy to the striking mechanism. The minute repeater of the L.U.C Full Strike is triggered by pressing a pusher coaxial with the crown. The watch is fitted with a double-sided, hand-sewn and plant-dyed CITES-certified alligator leather strap. This means that whether one is admiring the watch from the dial or the movement side, it always appears attired in the same precious leather.
The dial of the L.U.C Full Strike is significantly openworked and thus calls for all the more meticulous care. It is entirely made of solid gold, including the small seconds at 6 o’clock. Its railway-type minute track is engraved beneath the surface of the glass ensemble. Finally, this gold has been given a silver galvanic finishing treatment in order to match the grey shades of the case.
A sense of detail
This close attention devoted to detail applies to the entire L.U.C Full Strike, since both its movement and its case bear the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. This particularly demanding certification implies technical and aesthetic choices that further increase the complexity of the construction and production of the components making up Calibre 08.01-L. For example, it stipulates that springs must not be wires and must have a heel, as well as being decorated. This must be achieved even on those holding the regulator inertia-blocks and measuring just 7/100ths of a millimetre thick.
All the components of Calibre 08.01-L are meticulously finished, be it with circular graining, straight graining or a Côtes de Genève motif. They are all meticulously hand-chamfered. The mainplate and bridges are made from nickel silver, a noble metal that can tolerate no scratches or workmanship errors. This material is non-treated and appears in all its subtly golden grey beauty through the sapphire case-back of the L.U.C Full Strike.
By combining beautiful details and extremely meticulous finishing with a full-bodied, crystal-clear sound, the L.U.C Full Strike single-handedly embodies the full scope of Chopard’s watchmaking competencies. Twenty years after the creation of Chopard Manufacture, it offers an outstanding interpretation of the minute repeater watch that is ideally suited to daily wear and only reveals the full extent of its refinement to an attentive and expert ear – that of a modern gentleman with a penchant for exceptional objects.
Chopard’s in-house approach to watch manufacturing
Chopard is a family Maison with a strongly ingrained philosophy of independence. The steps involved in making L.U.C watches are all performed in-house at the group's Meyrin and Fleurier production sites. Movement development, finished product design, gold smelting, stamping and machining of cases, movement parts and bracelets; as well as traditional hand-crafted finishes, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, adjustments and quality controls: such is the comprehensive range of watch production operations fully mastered by Chopard and applied to the making of each watch in the L.U.C collection.
Chopard celebrates the 25th anniversary of its iconic model with a new interpretation uniting its finest skills
Twenty-five years ago, its launch marked the birth of an icon and more; a certain vision of independence, modernity and freedom of movement. Happy Sport now enriches its repertoire of stylistic versatility with the strength of a self-winding movement specially developed by Chopard manufacture. It also adds a precious and delicate touch with a pastel-coloured textured mother-of-pearl dial. Pure technical strength, shimmering under a mantle of light.
Happy Sport, a revolution
In 1993, Chopard Co-President Caroline Scheufele effectively captured the spirit of the times in designing a sports watch based on an original and astounding association between steel and diamonds. Embodying unprecedented audacity, the Happy Sport was born. In harmony with the spirit of the Happy Diamonds that grace its dial, whirling like skaters performing free variations between two sapphire crystals, the Happy Sport soon became a powerful emblem of the Geneva-based Maison and of feminine watchmaking. Ever since, it illustrates an inimitable sense of chic embedded in its DNA. This incredibly alluring style icon plays the mix & match game and revels in combining various genres and repertoires, steel and diamonds, the eternal and the ephemeral.
A manufacture movement: the spirit of time
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Chopard transports the Happy Sport into a new era: that of an encounter with the other facet of the family-run Maison, the watch manufacture. Chopard has drawn on its watchmaking expertise to endow the Happy Sport with a mechanical self-winding movement, the 09.01-C, exclusively developed for 30 mm ladies’ watch cases. “Having it all” is the perfect motto for the women who choose the Happy Sport. Feminine and technical, playful and radical, precious and modern: through the sheer diversity of its qualities, the icon of the Maison Chopard represents the quintessence of a successful watch model. This creation bears witness to Chopard’s ever more seamless integration of its two centres of excellence – the result of a unique combination of the myriad skills and expertise contributing to the grandeur of Haute Horlogerie and High Jewellery.
Suffused with a soft glow
Technical strength, shimmering under a mantle of light. The Happy Sport makes no concessions. The heart of the dial is suffused with the depth and wealth of textured mother-of-pearl. The soft glow of this exceptional material features the infinitely varied and unique shades drawn from the heart of the shell, sheltering its most precious curves. The silky iridescence of textured mother-of-pearl, its rarity, and the singularity of its naturally occurring wave-like motifs endow each Happy Sport with unique character. This luminous heart framed by a 30-mm case is available in four versions: a blue dial with a gem-set steel case; a pink dial with a steel and 18-carat rose gold case; a white dial with an 18-carat rose gold case; and a white dial with a gem-set 18-carat rose gold case.
A palette of delicate colours echoes the subtle shimmer of textured mother-of-pearl. Soft pastels offer an inexhaustible source of visual delight, where the gaze can linger at leisure. A haven of tenderness to lift the spirit. A gentle celestial blue, an invitation to a land of dreams, where the eye can wander freely in contemplation of the clouds billowing through the imagination. A serene shade of blue. And then of course pink. The pink of a blush, the pink of femininity and the prism of optimism that one adopts to see life at its most beautiful. And finally, an immaculate and timeless white, the meeting point of all wavelengths, fulfilling our desire for gentleness and our quest for balance with its pristine radiance.
These chromatic landscapes are enlivened by the mesmerising presence of five moving diamonds that appear to be whirling above the dial, feather-light and supremely innocent. Happy Diamonds offer wearers of the Happy Sport watch the perpetual sight of an infinite dance, echoing their every movement. A pas de deux, a single momentum and a sole horizon: that of freedom and joie de vivre.
The refined, exclusive and ultra-complicated new L.U.C All-in-One from Chopard encompasses 14 indications on its two faces, including extensive calendar and astronomical functions, as well as a tourbillon. It is issued in two limited series of 10 in platinum and 10 in 18-carat rose gold, all bearing the Poinçon de Genève. It smoothlessly combines extreme complexity with the assured and distinctive elegance of the L.U.C collection. A watch endowed with refined details and colours, the L.U.C All-in-One embodies the peak of Chopard’s in-house approach to watch manufacturing, a distillation of exclusive craftsmanship.
Designed for contemporary gentlemen, sure of their taste and fascinated by exceptional mechanisms, the L.U.C All-in-One is a symbol of Fine Watchmaking for the Maison Chopard. This grand complication watch subtly proclaims its horological sophistication on both sides and throughout the entire seven days of its exceptional power reserve. Entirely crafted in the Chopard Haute Horlogerie workshops, this tourbillon watch with perpetual calendar and astronomical indications comes in two 10-piece limited series. One has a platinum case framing a grey blue dial, while the face of the other is graced with subtle shades of verdigris.
The unique details of a distinguished timepiece
Launched in 2010 to honour Chopard’s 150th anniversary, the L.U.C All-in-One is equipped with L.U.C Calibre 05.01-L. With its 516 components, this movement comprises the largest number of complications ever offered within a single L.U.C watch. Its 14 indications spread between its twin faces sum up the broad range of skills mastered by Chopard Manufacture: from development to the production of each element composing the watch: and from gold smelting to component finishing meeting with the stringent Poinçon de Genève criteria. The L.U.C All-in-One demonstrates Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s deep-felt attachment for an in-house, family-run approach to watch manufacturing that is certified, accurate and respectful of the most refined rules of craftsmanship.
The L.U.C All-in-One is graced with exceptional finishing throughout. The 46 mm case with its polished and satin-brushed surfaces is extremely ergonomic and thus makes a perfect fit on the wrist. All the case-back inscriptions are hand-engraved. The dial is a solid gold plate with a guilloché motif radiating out from the large date at 12 o’clock. It is then coloured in grey blue to match platinum, and in verdigris for a bold combination with 18-carat rose gold. Even more meticulous concern for detail has been lavished on the 516 movement components, hand-crafted in accordance with the noblest traditional techniques.
The ergonomic and horological quality of the L.U.C All-in-One is also apparent in the legibility of its numerous complication. Each sector, indicator and gauge is perfectly sized. All clearly and generously display their respective information on exceptionally finely crafted dials. On the front side, the perpetual calendar with large date display appears through large apertures and subdials, alongside a magnificently wrought tourbillon. On the back, the equation of time, power reserve and sunrise and sunset times frame the orbital moon-phase indication. The latter is a horological signature of the L.U.C collection, alongside its uncompromising commitment to quality. Finally, the L.U.C. All-in-One is fitted with a brown or blue alligator leather strap complete with alligator lining, setting the perfect finishing touch to a unique watch.
Chopard’s in-house approach to watch manufacturing
Chopard is a family Maison with a strongly ingrained philosophy of independence. The steps involved in making L.U.C watches are all performed in-house at the group's Meyrin (near Geneva) and Fleurier production sites (near Neuchâtel). Movement development, finished product design, gold smelting, stamping and machining of cases, movement parts and bracelets; as well as traditional hand-crafted finishes, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, adjustments and quality controls: such is the comprehensive range of watch production operations fully mastered by Chopard and applied to the making of each watch in the L.U.C collection.
Chopard introduces a new interpretation of the emblematic L.U.C Quattro watch, a stellar member of the L.U.C collection family. Driven by a L.U.C movement with a nine-day power reserve, COSC-certified L.U.C Calibre 98.01-L, it is synonymous with contemporary elegance. The new vertical silver-toned dial makes a chic match with the 18-carat rose gold case. Complete with new calfskin leather straps, its distinguished style disrupts conventions and offers a modern take on aesthetic purity through subtle details creating an edgy, sophisticated and distinctive appeal.
The L.U.C Quattro is one of the major watches in the L.U.C collection. This pillar of the Chopard Manufacture production uses a uniquely slim high-end calibre offering a nine-day power reserve. Even aside from its horological accomplishments, the new L.U.C Quattro is an aesthete’s dream, clearly designed for the contemporary gentleman. The modern spirit of its redesigned dials and new straps, together with its “Poinçon de Genève” certification, make this a chronometer to be worn proudly, and admired.
Purity meets elegance
Spurred by the success encountered by the new design of its L.U.C XP and XPS collections in 2017, Chopard is extending their aesthetic principle to one of its stellar models. The L.U.C Quattro thus now welcomes two pared-down dials entirely in tune with the times. The first is silver-toned and vertical satin-brushed across its entire surface, swept over by a set of blued hands.
This timepiece features the signature L.U.C Quattro 6 o’clock subdial, containing both small seconds and a pointer-type date indication. Its graduations have been refined and simplified. Exactly opposite, at 12 o’clock, sits the nine-day power-reserve display also emblematic of the L.U.C Quattro, shaped like a fan unfurled over a 180° angle. The minute circle is punctuated by two large 3 and 9 o’clock Arabic numerals, and by blued applied hour-markers. Their shape is an extrapolation of the Dauphine-fusée type hands typical of the L.U.C collections, enhanced in this instance with Super-LumiNova.
The case of the L.U.C Quattro measures 43 mm in diameter and is crafted from 18-carat rose gold. Its caseband is satin-brushed, its bezel polished and its back hand-engraved. The scrupulous attention required by the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark has been lavished on this model that comes fitted with a strap featuring styling and material making their first appearance in the L.U.C collection. The bracelet is made of woven-effect blue calfskin leather with an alligator leather lining.
At the heart of the L.U.C Quattro beats one of the original movements developed and produced by Chopard Manufacture, the Calibre 98.01-L. It is distinguished by the patented Quattro technology. Its two pairs of stacked barrels endow this certified chronometer with a maximum 216 hours of autonomy, while keeping it surprisingly slim at just 3.7 mm thick. This in turn gives the L.U.C Quattro a peerlessly slender and elegant profile.
Chopard’s in-house approach to watch manufacturing
Chopard is a family-owned Maison imbued with a strong sense of independence. The various stages involved in making L.U.C watches are conducted within the group’s own production sites in Meyrin and Fleurier. Movement development, design of the finished product, gold casting, stamping and machining of cases, movement parts and bracelets, traditional hand-crafted decorations, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, adjustment and quality control: this entire range of watch production operations is fully mastered in-house by Chopard and applied to the creation of each L.U.C watch.
Internationally renowned for its creativity and for the prestige of its creations, Chopard is delighted to unveil its new concept specifically intended for mountain boutiques. Created by the Chopard design teams and the Scheufele family, this new concept will be revealed to the clients of the Maison at the inauguration of Chopard’s new St. Moritz boutique. This boutique opening will take place in early December, when Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele will introduce her guests to this brand-new boutique exuding style, class and elegance.
The cosy feel and warm atmosphere of a modern chalet
Stemming from often lengthy and meticulous research, the immediately recognisable Chopard boutiques radiate the same refinement the world over thanks to a warm and cosy environment. It is with this mind that the Chopard teams designed the new St Moritz boutique. It invites clients of the Maison in the snug world of a mountain chalet where the warmth of oak wood mingles with natural stones of Vals in the Grisons region and with the unique coating of St Moritz region adorned with superb sgrafittis, remarkable geometrical shapes obtained through an ancient grooving technique only mastered by some specialists of the region. To promote a sense of privacy and make visitors feel at ease in strolling around the point of sales, well-defined adaptable areas have been designed to accommodate the finest High Jewellery, watchmaking and accessories. This exclusive setting will be imbued with Maison Chopard’s characteristic warmth, to the accompaniment of the best whiskies selected by the Bacchus Cellar along with the greatest vintages from the Château Monestier la Tour, which has belonged to the Scheufele family since 2012.
Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele describes the approach in these terms: “By skilfully combining artisan-style techniques, modern technology and a love of art, we wish to offer our customers an authentic experience where they discover the finest creations from our Maison.”
In addition to getting a new interior design, the boutique is relocating to the very heart of the resort’s finest shopping street. Its many international customers will now flock to Via Da Vout 2 – 7500 St. Moritz to discover the latest Happy Hearts, Ice Cube and Mille Miglia collections, along with creations from the Haute Horlogerie and High Jewellery workshops that have forged Chopard’s worldwide reputation.
Caroline Scheufele said: “I’m delighted with the work we have accomplished. Cooperation between our in-house teams and our family has been extremely productive and we are thrilled with the result. As you know, Chopard is a family business and we really wanted to incorporate this aspect into the welcome we offer our customers. Therein lie both our strength and our difference. This new concept also reflects our social and environmental commitments, since we have chosen materials from nearby regions in order to keep our ecological footprint to an absolute minimum. This was a very important factor in the project. We have opted for responsible luxury in our production and this must also apply to our boutiques.”
Ongoing investment in Switzerland
Respectful of Chopard’s Swiss roots, the Scheufele family has chosen to continue its investments in the Maison’s native land.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele adds. “We are continuing to invest in Switzerland, one of our main markets, and particularly in ski resorts and tourist areas, because we are convinced that luxury tourism will continue to grow in the coming years. I am extremely enthusiastic about the opportunities the future holds for Chopard in Switzerland. Our commitment to perpetually enhancing our service to our customers remains as strong as ever.”
A strong and perpetually evolving international network
In 1983, Chopard opened its first boutique in Hong Kong. In 2007, the group established a presence on New York’s legendary Madison Avenue with a flagship boutique that also heralded a new architectural concept dreamed up by famous designer Thierry W. Despont. Since then, Chopard has actively pursued the expansion and renovation of its boutique network. By the end of 2017, the Maison will have no less than 160 boutiques around the globe, located in the world’s greatest capitals and on the most prestigious shopping miles. In order to meet growing customer demand, Chopard has recently opened boutiques in new countries with a penchant for watchmaking and jewellery such as Sydney and Melbourn in Australia and Jakarta in Indonesia.
Artistic crafts share unique perspectives
The elegance, the refinement and the technical nature of the ultra-thin L.U.C XP Urushi watch have made it a cult model. Each year, Chopard draws inspiration from the repertoire of Chinese astrology to offer a fresh interpretation of its Urushi dial, an ancestral Japanese technique. Staging an encounter between beauty and precision, East and West, Chopard places creativity at the heart of cultural ties and of its commitment to perpetuating traditions.
2018 marks the celebration of the Year of the Dog. Its iconography, its universal symbolism and its mythological strength are showcased in an exceptional L.U.C watch issued in an 88-piece limited series: The L.U.C XP Urushi –Year of the dog. This masterpiece of fine craftsmanship began with an encounter between two perspectives. That of the Urushi master and of the master-watchmaker at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, both intently focused on their work. The deft hands decorating the dial of the L.U.C XP Urushi, just like those capable of developing and producing the L.U.C 96.17-L calibre, perpetuate time-honoured skills bearing authentic testimony to their respective cultures. Together, they celebrate the Year of the Dog, the 11th sign of the Chinese zodiac, for a year dedicated to generosity and loyalty.
Generosity meets loyalty
In the Chinese zodiac, each sign is the expression of a distinctive nature. The entire range of qualities associated with the dog is thus reflected in the L.U.C XP Urushi – Year of the Dog watch. Eager for justice, sensitive and faithful by nature, dogs devote all their strength to serving others, without ever impinging on others’ freedom. Their devotion withstands every trial and when they love, it is for life. They also cultivate an attitude to work based on commitment, personal involvement and a serious-minded attitude that implies making the most of individual skills, giving true meaning to their existence, and basically leading a useful, honest and consistent life. Dogs are builders and protectors demonstrating unfailing loyalty. Chopard has decided to embody this canine through a representative of the extremely beautiful Asian ‘Akita’ breed, depicted in a lush natural setting dotted with wild orchids and enhanced by the fluttering presence of a dragonfly, regarded as a lucky charm and a good omen.
Urushi: a time-honoured art
Urushi is an ancestral lacquer technique. Its name stems from the tree whose resin is patiently harvested, once a year, in very small quantities. Three to five years after being collected, the resin is treated in such a way as to become a highly resistant lacquer applied in a number of extremely fine layers. The Urushi Master then imprisons within it a number of tiny iridescent particles that endow it with distinctive depth, luminosity, and exquisitely fine nuances. Only a rare few artists have the skills required to perform this technique. Chopard called upon Master Kiichiro Masumaro to oversee the creation of the L.U.C XP Urushi dials. He is recognised as a master of his art and has been raised to the status of “national human treasure” in Japan. The dials were executed by the Urushi Grand Master Minori Koizumi. For this collaborative endeavour, Chopard secured the services of the Yamada Heiando company, official purveyor to the Japanese imperial family.
An exceptional watch Manufacture
An exceptional movement was needed to give life to this dial. At the heart of the ultra-thin case measuring 39.5 mm in diameter and 6.8 mm thick beats the mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.17-L movement. Equipped with two barrels ensuring a 65-hour power reserve by means of Twin® technology, this calibre achieves the feat of fitting inside such a slim case thanks to the off-centred 22-carat gold micro-rotor. It is bevelled, engraved and guilloché, while the bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève. This sophisticated movement decoration and finishing is performed by expert hands at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, in accordance with the highest aesthetic quality standards of traditional watchmaking. The calibre is visible through the transparent exhibition back of the 18-carat rose gold case. A single glance reveals a tradition and a fascinating range of deft skills ranging from Switzerland to Asia, shaping the frontiers of a universal dialogue revolving around the spirit of excellence.