Friday, April 1, 2016

Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Twin (Ref.168561-3001, Chronometer Certified Perpetual Calendar in Steel)

This year, the Chopard welcomes a classic, haute horlogerie perpetual calendar complication to its well established L.U.C collection that has been offering unique, finely crafted timepieces imbued with a resolutely modern touch while respectful of Swiss watchmaking traditions.

The new L.U.C Perpetual Twin, an all-steel chronometer-certified perpetual calendar, is endowed with the mechanical excellence of Chopard complications while housing its perpetual calendar movement within a stainless steel 43 mm case: it thereby combines versatility and modernity while remaining loyal to the stringent quality standards of the L.U.C collection.
The L.U.C Perpetual Twin offers a new approach to the perpetual calendar ensuring maximum readability. A large twin-aperture date display, a flagship complication of the L.U.C collection, is positioned at 12 o’clock, while the days and months each have their own dedicated outsized subdial. Finally, the year indication has been miniaturised and offset to the months dial. The February indication location reveals whether or not the year is a leap year like 2016 will be. With its incomparable style and its hand-sewn black alligator leather strap, the L.U.C Perpetual Twin asserts itself at first glance through a strong aesthetic picking up the key characteristics of the L.U.C collection.
Large polished and raised Roman numerals run around the rim of the silver-toned dial, while a finely sunburst motif radiates from the L.U.CHOPARD logo. Alternating matt and polished finishes create a delightful shimmering effect on this new and original timepiece.
Based on the micro-rotor technique coupled with two barrels (patented Twin® technology), this calibre supplies the watch with a comfortable 58-hour power reserve. In keeping with the quality demands of the manufacture, the movement is finished in accordance with the highest aesthetic standards. Its components are all hand-bevelled and their surface is either circular-grained or adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif, depending on their position within this distinguished mechanism.
Finally, its chronometric rating precision is certified by the COSC, reflecting the determination of Chopard Co-President, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who devotes great importance to independent certification of the timekeeping precision achieved by L.U.C watches.
Movement construction, product design, gold smelting, case stamping and machining, movement components, traditional hand-crafted decorations, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, movement adjustment and quality control: all operations involved in watch production are performed in-house by Chopard.
The Maison applies them to the making of each watch in the L.U.C collection paying tribute to the founder whose initials it bears: Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Profoundly attached to the pure lines and the subtle details that made his watches such highly sought-after items, Louis-Ulysse Chopard back in his days already knew how to attire gentlemen with beautiful pocket-watches.

Technical details
L.U.C Perpetual Twin
Ref. 168561-3001- in steel

Case
Stainless steel
Total diameter: 43 mm
Thickness: 11.47 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Stainless steel crown with L.U.C logo: 6.50 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Polished bezel and case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.51-L
Total diameter: 33.00 mm
Thickness: 6.00 mm
Number of jewels: 27 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 58 hours
Two barrels – Twin® technology
Automatic winding by a micro-rotor
Bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial
Silver-toned dial with sunburst satin-brushed motif focused on the calendar
Perpetual calendar dials (large-aperture date, day of the week, month and leap years)
Rhodiumed Dauphine-type hour, minute, day, month and small seconds hands
Rhodiumed red-tipped triangular leap-year hands
Rhodiumed Roman numerals
Minute track

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds display at 6 o’clock
Large date display at 12 o’clock
Day of the week and month displays at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively
Offset leap-year display between 2 and 3 o’clock.

Strap
Hand-sewn black alligator leather with alligator leather lining
Steel pin buckle

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