Slowly but surely the Swiss watch industry is starting to reawaken from its long summer sojourn, and before us are some magnificent new pieces from Chopard.
With new dials and a case featuring finely reworked details, the evolution of the L.U.C XPS collection reveals understated elegance based on the finishing and flair for detail typical of the L.U.C collection. A number of variations on materials and colors makes it possible to choose exactly the right model in accordance with personal style.
The first L.U.C XP model was launched by the Manufacture in 2006 with a characteristically ultra-slim case, a movement with automatic winding via a micro-rotor and a generous power reserve, as well as a distinguished appearance. Ten years after the first L.U.C XP watch, the new L.U.C XPS is purer and more refined than ever.
Timeless style for the modern gentleman
The stainless-steel Ludwig Mies van der Rohe version features a grey case matched by its grained white dial. The more precious and yet subtly restrained 18-carat white gold L.U.C XPS frames a black dial; while the 18-carat rose gold version is offset by a silver-toned dial. Finally, the L.U.C XPS in 950 platinum features a blue dial and bears the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark.
The L.U.C XPS continues to measure 40 mm in diameter and 7.2 mm thick. Its lugs have been slightly trimmed down to ensure an even more comfortable feel, enabling it to sit even more smoothly and naturally on the wrist. The sapphire crystal has been gently domed to ensure it slips smoothly under a shirt sleeve and accentuates the softness of its lines.
Signature features of the L.U.C collection
The new L.U.C XPS models adopt the L.U.C signature finishing for the first time, while their dial takes on new textures: finely grained for the stainless-steel version, and sunburst for the gold variations.
Inspired by the 1930s, these highly structured three-dimensional iterations lend a discreetly sophisticated touch to the L.U.C XPS. Its hour-markers are shaped like raised and facetted arrows. The case finishing has also evolved and is now satin-brushed, striking a pleasing contrast with a rounded polished bezel. Finally, the inscription “Chronometer” appears under the logo in order to affirm both the rank and the vocation of Chopard Manufacture movements.
The L.U.C XPS models are powered by movements that are automatically wound by a micro-rotor, with between 58 and 65 hours of operation depending on the model. The L.U.C XPS stainless steel models are equipped with the 96.50-L variation, while the 18-carat gold versions feature Caliber 96.12-L with an engraved 22-carat solid gold rotor.
Platinum L.U.C XPS watches are driven by Calibre 96.01-L, also equipped with a gold rotor, and above all bearing the prestigious “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark certifying the excellence of its finishing, as well as that of the watch as a whole.
Within the XPS letters composing its name, the “S” refers to the small seconds at 6 o’clock. This is required by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and enables it to read off the precision of the movements submitted for certification. All the L.U.C XPS models, as well as all L.U.C watches equipped with this hand, are inspected and approved by this official body, which awards the much-coveted chronometer title. Prices still to come.
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