Friday, April 3, 2015

Chopard L.U.C Quattro: New Versions - 18ct Rose Gold (Ref. 161926-5003) & Platinum (Ref. 161926-9001)

Chopard presents two new L.U.C Quattro models, beating to the rhythm of one of the greatest success stories of Chopard Manufacture, the four-barrel L.U.C 98.01-L movement launched in 2005. One of these two new elegant and refined interpretations comes with a rose gold case framing a brown dial, while the other is the first of its kind in platinum, with a blue-grey dial.

In 2010, for its 150th anniversary, Chopard had unveiled a new aesthetic for its L.U.C collection with four original timepieces: the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse – The Tribute, Engine One, All In One and 1937 models. Since then, the new creations in the collection have followed in the prestigious footsteps of these forerunners. This year’s crop includes two new variations of the L.U.C Quattro, which is protected by two patents for its four-barrel movement, a world first at the time of its launch in 2005.
Hand-wound L.U.C Calibre 98-01.L is equipped with four stacked, series-coupled barrels. This patented technology enables the L.U.C Quattro to enjoy more than nine days of operating autonomy and a constant regularity of rate ensuring it meets all the requirements for certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The exhibition back will enable aficionados of fine horological mechanisms to admire the L.U.C 98.01-L movement with its bridges bearing Côtes de Genève and stamped with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève, a guarantee of its quality and its impeccable finishing.
This year, the two new versions in rose gold and platinum, respectively fitted with brown and blue-grey sunburst satin-brushed dials swept over by L.U.C hands inspired by the Dauphine style, endow this model with a modern and sophisticated elegance.
The subtly refined details of the generous 43 mm-diameter rose gold and platinum case instil it with a timeless air of noble distinction, while the characteristic curves of the L.U.C collection give the lugs a masculine and contemporary allure. The satin-brushed case middle along with the polished bezel and the exhibition caseback, accentuate the shape of the watch by creating subtle contrasts and light effects. These alternating polished and satin-brushed zones reflect the workmanship on the movement, of which each part is adorned with unique and meticulous finishing.
A hand-sewn brown or navy blue alligator leather strap with alligator lining lends an ultimate touch of elegance to the two new L.U.C. Quattro models.

Technical Details
Model: L.U.C. Quattro
Ref. 161926-5003 – in 18ct rose gold
Ref. 161926-9001 – in platinum

18ct rose gold or platinum
Total diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 8.87 mm
Water-resistant to 50 m
Crown in 18ct rose or white gold with L.U.C logo    : 6.50 mm
Exhibition back       
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Mechanical hand-wound L.U.C 98.01-L
Diameter: 28.60 mm
Thickness: 3.70 mm
Number of jewels: 39
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 216 hours (9 days)
Four barrels, Quattro® technology
Côtes de Genève adorned bridges
“Chronometer” certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève

Dial and hands
Brown or blue-grey sunburst satin-brushed dial, gilt or rhodiumed hour-markers
Gilt or rhodiumed hours, minutes and seconds hands
Gilt or rhodiumed date and power-reserve display

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes
Seconds and date at 6 o’clock
Power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn brown or navy blue alligator leather with alligator lining
18ct rose or white gold pin buckle

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