Friday, April 1, 2016

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860

Unveiled at Baselworld 2016, the elegant and distinctive L.U.C XPS pays homage to the first watch in the L.U.C collection: the L.U.C 1860 launched 20 years ago at the creation of Chopard Manufacture. This model with its superb dial and ultra-thin case is a contemporary interpretation of a great classic, combining discreet elegance and sobriety with the Chopard Manufacture movements: the calibres L.U.C 96.01-L and L.U.C 96.03-L.
Designed as a classic timepiece for modern gentlemen, the L.U.C XPS 1860 belongs to the line of ultra-thin Chopard watches and features a small seconds dial and a date display at 6 o’clock. The year 1860 refers to the date when Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his watch manufactory. In 1996, following the creation of Chopard Manufacture, Chopard presented its first contemporary L.U.C watch, the L.U.C 1860. Like the latter, the L.U.C XPS 1860 is distinguished by its respect for the grand watchmaking traditions and for chronometry or timekeeping precision – two key elements that Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele was determined to incorporate within the L.U.C collection.
With its ultra-slim case featuring refined finishing, its contemporary Dauphine-type hands, its elegant hour-markers, the L.U.C. XPS 1860 offers a new take on this historical watch.

The L.U.C XPS 1860 has a 40 mm diameter that makes it truly universal. Its short, ergonomic lugs ensure a perfect fit on even the smallest wrists. With a total thickness of just 7.2 mm, it is very much part of the ultra-thin category. The L.U.C XPS 1860 comes in a choice of versions with an 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel case.
Its elegance is enhanced by its distinctive dial, featuring a central part bearing a sophisticated hand-guilloché motif on the rose gold version and a sunburst satin-brushed pattern on the stainless steel version. Both finishes radiate from the logo at 12 o’clock.

Its Calibre 96.01-L, the first movement created by Chopared Manufacture, is automatically wound via a 22-carat gold micro-rotor, a rare horological speciality that is practical as well as ensuring slimness.
It is endowed with Twin® technology, ensuring a 65-hour power reserve well beyond the usual standards for ultra-thin watches. Moreover, the L.U.C XPS 1860 is one of the very rare ultra-thin watches to display the date. Like all L.U.C watches with a seconds indication, it is chronometer-certified by the COSC.

Its rose gold version bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark that distinguishes the quality of its construction and its finishing as well as its resilience to the trials of daily life, while also guaranteeing its exclusive nature. This refinement and these certifications represent both the full maturity and the complete mastery achieved by Chopard Manufacture.

Technical details
Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 In 18 ct Rose Gold
Ref. 161946-5001 – 250 Piece Limited Edition
Case
18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 40.00 mm
Thickness: 7.20 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
18ct rose gold crown with L.U.C logo: 5.00 mm
Vertical satin-brushed sides and inter-horn space, polished bezel and case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Transparent exhibition caseback

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.01-L
Total diameter:27.4 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Micro-rotor in 22ct gold
Two barrels - Twin® technology
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark

Dial
Silver-toned gold dial, hand-guilloché centre with sunburst satin-brushed surround
Gilt Dauphine-type hours, minutes and small seconds hands

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

Strap
Matt brown hand-sewn alligator leather strap
18ct rose gold pin buckle

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 In Stainless steel, Ref. 168583-3001
Case
Stainless steel
Total diameter: 40.00 mm
Thickness: 7.20 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
18ct stainless steel crown with L.U.C logo: 5.00 mm
Vertical satin-brushed sides and inter-horn space, polished bezel and case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Transparent exhibition caseback

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.03-L
Total diameter: 27.4 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency:28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two barrels - Twin® technology
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Dial
Silver-toned dial, sunburst satin-brushed centre, opaline silver-toned surround
Rhodiumed Dauphine-type hours, minutes and small seconds hands

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

Strap
Matt black hand-sewn alligator leather strap
Stainless steel pin buckle

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