Friday, April 3, 2015

Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined

The new L.U.C XPS Fairmined watch combines watchmaking expertise with an ethical approach. The 250-piece limited edition crafted in Fairmined gold; illustrates the company’s continued commitment to The Journey to Sustainable Luxury and increasing the use of ethical gold in its creations.

The case-back, middle case and bezel of the new L.U.C XPS Fairmined are entirely made of Fairmined gold; a certification guaranteeing that the gold has been responsibly mined and the miners have received fair payment and an overall premium. The L.U.C XPS Fairmined is made in accordance with the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) ethical benchmarking.

The new L.U.C XPS Fairmined is a continuation of The Journey to Sustainable Luxury project that began in 2013 and follows the launch at Baselworld 2014, of the L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined, the world’s first watch made from gold bearing the Fairmined certification.
Whilst perfectly encapsulating the profound ethical commitment embedded in the core values of Chopard, the new L.U.C XPS Fairmined also embodies authentic watchmaking expertise. It houses mechanical self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.12-L, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), a sure token of reliability and precision. Reliably driving the hour, minute and second functions, this movement, entirely designed, developed and produced in-house at Chopard, is just 3.3 mm thick – a technical feat achieved by an ingenious offset micro-rotor made of delicately engraved gold. Equipped with a double barrel (Twin® technology) ensuringmore than 65-hour power reserve, the L.U.C 96.12-L movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
With its meticulously chamfered bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève and visible through the open case-back, as well as its circular-grained and chamfered main plate, this exceptional mechanism reveals finishes that are the unmistakable signature of haute horlogerie watches.

The L.U.C XPS Fairmined with its pure, restrained design is distinguished by its inherent elegance. Presented in a Fairmined 18-carat rose gold case, its sleek modern lines feature a 39.5 mm diameter and a thickness of just 7.13 mm. The hours and minutes are marked off on a subtle sunburst satin-brushed slate-grey galvanic dial enhanced with gilt Dauphine hands sweeping over slender gilt hour-markers matching the polished rose gold of the case. The L.U.C XPS Fairmined model is worn on a hand-sewn black alligator vegetable tanned leather strap.
This watch highlights the long term partnership between Chopard and the South American NGO, The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), the organisation behind the Fairmined standard for gold extracted by small-scale and artisanal methods.

To ensure the traceability of the Fairmined gold now used by Chopard, the company has created a segregation process in its workshops in Geneva, ensuring that Fairmined gold is not mixed at any stage with other types of gold. Gold waste is also dealt with separately.

Technical details
Model: L.U.C XPS Fairmined
Ref. 161920-5006 –In Fairmined 18ct rose gold
Exclusive to Chopard Boutiques
Limited edition of 250 pieces

Case
Case in 18ct Fairmined rose gold
Total diameter: 39.50 mm
Thickness: 7.13 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Crown in 18ct rose gold with L.U.C logo    4.00 mm
Polished case middle, bezel and case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back engraved with Fairmined logo

Movement
Self-winding movement    L.U.C 96.12-L
Total diameter: 27.400 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two barrels - Twin® technology
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève
“Chronometer” certified (COSC)

Dial and hands
Slate-grey galvanic dial
Gilt Dauphine hour and minute hands
Gilt small seconds hand

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds display at 6 o’clock

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn matt black (CITES certified) alligator vegetable tanned leather
Pin buckle in 18ct rose gold

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