Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined Limited Edition

Chopard welcomes a new limited edition watch crafted in rose gold to its Fairmined series; a prestigious collection created by the Swiss watch manufacture’s mission to create sustainable luxury timepieces that fuse ethical, aesthetic and technical qualities. This timepiece has also successfully undergone the watch industry’s most demanding certification protocol: the Fleurier Quality Foundation label.
Exuding an aura of rare elegance and cultivating signature tokens of authentic character, the ultra thin L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined watch in rose gold is distinguished by a contrasting dial with a stamped sunburst texture featuring a slate grey colour. The dial effect is inspired by the raw composition of gold nuggets extracted from mines.
The crown and the small seconds subdial contribute to the uniqueness of this timepiece: respectively off-centred at 4 and 7 o’clock, they endow the dial with a subtle asymmetric appeal and exceptional personality. The 7.20 mm thick case makes this a delightfully slim watch featuring satin-brushed finishes on the sides, complemented by a polished case-back and bezel. Its slender, elongated profile ensures a remarkably comfortable fit on the wrist. The alligator leather strap of the L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmind is hand-sewn and dyed with plant-based pigments – in matt black for the main part and cognac-coloured for the lining.
Chopard is a pioneer in the use of Fairmined gold for Haute Horlogerie watches within the framework of its long-term project “The Journey to Sustainable Luxury”. Launched in 2013, the Journey began with the world-first agreement between the South American NGO Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) and Chopard – which thereby became the first watch and jewellery company to support gold mining communities towards achieving Fairmined certification. The Fairmined label ensures that gold is extracted in a responsible manner by small-scale mining communities, in which both miners and the environment are properly treated and that the buyers pay a premium in addition to the fixed gold price that is duly reinvested in community projects. These communities thereby enjoy improved living contributions and a fairer return for their work. To guarantee the traceability of the “Fairmined” gold used in-house, Chopard has set up a specific operational protocol in its Geneva workshops, where “Fairmined” gold is never mixed with other gold alloys and even the waste is dealt with separately.
This production process based on segregating the different gold types was used to make the case of the L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined in ethical, traceable and certified 18-carat rose gold. This new L.U.C timepiece reaffirms Chopard’s pioneering determination to pursue and increase its use of ethical gold.
Produced in a 250-piece limited series, the L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined has also successfully undergone all the testing stages of the Fleurier Quality Foundation certification process – the most demanding in the watch industry. Awarded by the eponymous foundation, an independent certification authority, it relates to the precision of the calibre, its reliability, its durability and the quality of its finishes. Upstream of these rigorous tests, the Fleurier Quality Foundation regulations stipulate that the entire watch – including movement and external components – must be produced in Switzerland. The L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined is equipped with a self-winding movement: L.U.C Calibre 96.09-L equipped with two barrels (Twin® technology), wound by a 22-carat gold micro-rotor in 22-carat gold ensuring a comfortable 65-hour power reserve.
Its precision is tested by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), which awards the watch the sought-after chronometer title. Its reliability is then verified by the Chronofiable protocol – involving three weeks of “ageing tests” during which the watch is subjected to heat, cold and damp, repeated pull and push forces on the winding-stem, magnetic fields and repeated shocks. The operation of the finished watch is subsequently tested on the Fleuritest machine. Specially developed for the Fleurier Quality Foundation, it faithfully reproduces the conditions of wear on the wrist during a 24-hour cycle.

Technical details
Model: L.U.C XPS QF Fairmined
Ref. 161945-5001- in “Fairmined” 18-carat rose gold
250-piece limited edition

Case
Case in 18-carat “Fairmined” rose gold
Total diameter: 40.00 mm
Thickness: 7.20 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Offset crown in 18-carat rose gold: 4.00 mm (at 4 o’clock with L.U.C Logo)       
Satin-brushed case middle, polished bezel and case-back
Vertical satin-brushed space between the lugs
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Open case-back with “Fairmined” engraving

Movement
Self-winding movement L.U.C 96.09-L
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two barrels - Twin® technology
Self-winding via a 22-carat gold micro-rotor
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Fleurier Quality Foundation certified (FQF)

Dial
Stamped dial, slate grey galvanic treatment
Gilt Dauphine-type hours and minutes hands
Gilt baton-type small seconds hands

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Offset small seconds display at 7 o’clock

Strap
Strap in plant-dyed, CITES-certified hand-sewn matt black alligator leather with cognac-toned alligator leather lining
18-carat rose gold pin buckle

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