Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chrono PuristS Edition, Stainless Steel Model (Ref. 168556-3001)

Chopard has created a limited edition L.U.C 1963 Chrono PuristS Edition timepiece created in partnership with PuristS, the premier, independent, moderated, on-line discussion forum covering haute horlogerie and luxury brands, and focused on owners, collectors and watch enthusiasts across the globe.
The L.U.C 1963 Chrono PuristS Edition was developed from a dialogue that Karl-Friedrich Scheufele initiated and maintained with PuristS since 2007. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele attended and hosted part of the PuristS 10th anniversary celebrations in 2011, to reveal technical updates and gather a myriad of opinions. PuristS could only agree on a classic, steel, hand-wound, chronograph without expensive complications that could stand the test of time. The focus is on the superb finishing and function of the first L.U.C hand-wound chronograph movement that is featured by the exhibition caseback.  A PuristS’ passionate gaze is drawn into the movement by the artful shape of the caseback. This is where the techniques are fused into a dramatic and passionate mechanical horological performance celebrating past tradition, ongoing friendship and future creativity. This hand-wound chronograph movement allows the start of a new range of exciting watches from Chopard Manufacture.
The PuristS collectors' group awarded Chopard Co-President, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele the first PuristSPro Purity Prize in 2009 honouring “the pursuit of perfection in an imperfect world”. The award was a crowning recognition for the five proprietary movements developed by Chopard Manufacture within 10 years, and above all for the “technical and aesthetic excellence” of the L.U.C Lunar One, a perpetual calendar with complete moon-phase display.  Since then, Chopard Manufacture continues to develop proprietary movements culminating in the L.U.C. 03.07-L that is the heart of the L.U.C 1963 Chrono PuristS Edition.
The year 1963 has special significance to both Chopard Manufacture and PuristS. In 2013, the Scheufele family celebrated the 50th anniversary of their purchase and successful stewardship of Chopard since 1963 with a limited edition rose gold 1963 hand-wound Chronograph to launch the movement.

Chopard made an exception for PuristS by issuing a launch edition of 50 pieces in steel as well as their usual gold model.  The L.U.C 1963 Chrono PuristS Edition is available worldwide upon request from all Chopard boutiques.

Technical details
Model: L.U.C 1963 Chrono PuristS Edition
Ref. 168556-3001
Limited edition: 50 pieces

Stainless steel
Total diameter: 42.00 mm
Thickness: 11.50 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Stainless steel crown with L.U.C. logo: 8.00 mm
Glare proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition caseback

Hand-wound movement L.U.C 03.07-L
Total diameter: 28.80 mm
Thickness: 5.62 mm
Number of jewels: 38
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60 hours
Côtes de Genève adorned bridges
“Chronometer” certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève

Dial and hands
Black dial
Silver-toned hours, minutes and small seconds hands
Red sweep seconds-hand as well as hour and minute counter hands

Functions and displays
Central hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Chronograph function: Sweep seconds-hand
30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn black alligator leather lined cognac-toned alligator leather
Stainless steel pin buckle

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