Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chopard L.U.C Lunar One Platinum Limited Edition

This year, Chopard presents a platinum version of the L.U.C Lunar One. Available in a 100-piece limited series, this new model boasts a deep blue sunray-patterned dial.

First presented in 2005, the L.U.C Lunar One is a perpetual calendar watch with large date and moon-phase display. This high end horology creation showcases the full range of watchmaking skills cultivated at Chopard and encompass the very heart of the L.U.C aesthetic. This classic masculine model, governed by elaborate rules of symmetry and optimal legibility that endow it with a perfectly balanced appearance, is introduced this year in platinum.
Graced with harmonious proportions and exceptional elegance, the L.U.C Lunar One is a watch designed for daily wear. Its multiple indications, its elaborate finishing, as well as its classic and masterful play on colours, make it a perfectly legible miniature watchmaking masterpiece.

Entirely made of 950 platinum, the 43 mm-diameter case is adorned with vertical satin-brushed sides along with a polished bezel and lugs, thereby creating pleasing textured effects that further enhance its visual depth and interest.
This case makes an impeccable match with the multilevel dials of the L.U.C Lunar One. Its surface is a firmly on-trend and wonderfully chic and royal blue. Its sunray pattern radiates from the L.U.Chopard logo positioned at noon. This signature of the L.U.C collections naturally draws the gaze, appearing in a white shade that stands out against the rest of the dial. The perpetual calendar indications appear on a lower level, surrounded by bevelled rims that effectively highlight them. Their fonts are white so as to ensure perfect readability. The large applied Roman numerals with their own distinctive font are mirror-polished. A deep blue sky, studded with the actual stars of the Northern Hemisphere, also features a depiction of the moon that infuses this watch with an unmistakable touch of poetry.
Equipped with the Calibre 96.13-L, Its perpetual calendar always gives the correct date, whatever the length of the month and including February with its exceptions. It is distinguished by its unique moon-phase display, which is actually a complex set of components indicating the exact appearance of the moon. Skilfully set by the finest Chopard watchmaking artisans, this display boasts astronomical precision, since it will take 122 years to accumulate a one-day time lag compared with the actual moon and only then will it require adjustment.
The L.U.C Lunar One is one of the very rare perpetual self-winding calendars, as well as part of an even smaller number to be equipped with a micro-rotor. The rotor made of solid 22-carat gold is incorporated within the movement thickness which makes it slimmer and allows the owner to admire it in the most beautiful way. Engraved with the historical L.U.C logo and finely guilloché-worked, it epitomises the extremely sophisticated finishing lavished on calibre 96.13-L.
With its bevelled bridges adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif, its circular-grained baseplate, its mirror-polished steel parts and its regulator with swan’s neck adjustment, not only does it meet the highest quality standards of Chopard Manufacture, but also bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark to which Chopard has remained loyal for many years.  In keeping with the decisions taken by Mr Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard and head of development at L.U.C, this precision is also certified by the COSC, the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute.

Technical details
Model: L.U.C Lunar One, Ref. 161927-9001 – in platinum
100-piece limited edition
   
Case
950 platinum
Total diameter: 43.00 mm
Thickness:    11.47 mm
Water resistance: 50 m
Platinum crown with L.U.C logo: 6.50 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Polished bezel and case-back
Transparent exhibition case-back
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical self-winding: L.U.C 96.13-L
Number of components: 355
Diameter: 33.00 mm
Thickness: 6.00 mm
Number of jewels32
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève
Guilloché-worked micro-rotor in 22-carat gold with L.U.C logo
Chronometer certified by the COSC
‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark

Dial
Galvanic blue dial, sunray satin-finished pattern centred around the date
Rhodiumed hours, minutes, day, month and small seconds hands
Day/night and year indicated by white triangles

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Perpetual calendar with day, date, month and leap-year cycle
Outsize date display at 12 o’clock
Day/night indicator at 9 o’clock
Moon phases appearing in a rotating aperture (orbital moon) at 6 o’clock

Strap
Hand-sewn matt blue alligator leather with brown alligator leather inner shell
Platinum pin buckle

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