Friday, April 3, 2015

Chopard L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon

Joining the proud lineage of L.U.C 1963 and L.U.C 1963 Chronograph watches, the L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon is a concentrated blend of the very best in Chopard haute horlogerie. Its finely crafted dial is in Grand Feu enamel. Its tourbillon movement is COSC certified and boasts a nine-day power reserve.

1963 was the year when the Scheufele family became the owners of Chopard. A discreet tribute to the family tradition, L.U.C 1963 watches directly evoke the aesthetic of the pocket watches made by the company at that time. These historical roots are also a source of horological inspiration. The spirit of Chopard Manufacture is about perpetuating the historical production quality of the brand founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard.

The grand watchmaking tradition is vividly embodied in the dial of the new L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon with its strikingly luminous character, its intense whiteness and its natural glow. It is crafted in accordance with the traditional Grand Feu enamelling technique and composed of a plate dusted with enamel powder and then fired at high temperature (900°C), hence the French term Grand Feu (literally ‘great fire’). The manual, artisan-style operation is repeated several times and always implies the risk of damaging the dial.
The latter is then hand-polished to erase the micro-bubbles formed on its surface. Finally, a last firing of a transparent enamel coating called fondant or glazing gives a unique brilliance. Chopard thereby revives the discreet vintage charm of enamel dials and also cultivates an ancestral craft.

L.U.C Calibre 02.19-L1 is an evolved and 0.6 mm slimmer version of the 02.01-L movement. Chopard thereby leaves more room for the enamel dial that is naturally slightly thicker than the average. This exceptional calibre powers a tourbillon at 6 o’clock as well as a nine-day power reserve. The Tourbillon Bridge features only two attachment points compared with the usual four. Delicately open worked and pared down to essentials, it is also meticulously chamfered and satin-brushed to set the crowning touch to the movement finishing.
The power-reserve display at 12 o’clock has an eight-day graduated scale, serving as a reminder that the L.U.C Calibre 02.19-L1 is endowed with the patented Quattro® technology supplying the movement with 216 hours of operating autonomy. Its four barrels deliver their energy to the movement in a smooth and regular manner, thereby contributing to the chronometric precision of this exceptional timepiece.

In accordance with the wish expressed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard and founder of Chopard Manufacture, the rating precision of the L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon is certified by the COSC, as indeed are all L.U.C watches with a seconds indication. This model also bears the Poinçon de Genève, guaranteeing the extremely high level of finishing on its components. They are indeed chamfered, straight-grained, circular-grained and/or polished, depending on their position and function within the movement. This certification has recently been enriched and now encompasses the entire watch, its parts, its rating regularity, as well as its case.
Measuring 40 mm in diameter and 10.60 mm thick, the L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon displays pleasingly balanced and deliberately modest proportions infusing this timepiece with authentic classical elegance. The rose gold case with its rounded, satin-brushed sides and its slender bezel will delight watchmaking connoisseurs, while the sleekly sophisticated lugs further slim down the watch while ensuring exceptional comfort on the wrist.

This refinement is indeed the guiding principle behind the creation of this haute horlogerie watch. The meticulous finishing of all its parts matches the exclusive nature of its dial. The quality of its mechanical construction is accentuated by the practical usefulness of its generous power reserve. Its rigorous timekeeping precision mingles with the kinetic beauty of its tourbillon.

Technical details
Model: L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon
Ref. 161970-5001 – in 18ct rose gold
Limited edition of 100 pieces

18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 40 mm
Thickness: 10.60 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
18ct rose gold crown with L.U.C logo: 7.50 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Polished bezel and case-back
Exhibition back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Hand-wound movement: L.U.C 02.19-L1
Total diameter: 29.70 mm
Thickness: 5.50 mm
Number of jewels: 33
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 216 hours
Four barrels - Quattro® technology
Mainplate and bridges in rhodiumed brass
Côtes de Genève adorned bridges
“Chronometer” certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève

Dial and hands
White Grand Feu enamel dial with black transfers
Gilt Dauphine hour and minute hands
Gilt small seconds hand and power-reserve pointer
Railtrack chapter ring

Functions and displays
Tourbillon at 6 o’clock
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds displayed at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage and power-reserve

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap with alligator lining
18ct rose gold pin buckle

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