Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Dog Limited Edition

Chopard has created a limited edition L.U.C XP Urushi watch to celebrate the Year of the dog as per Chinese astrological traditions.

2018 marks the celebration of the Year of the Dog, the 11th sign of the Chinese zodiac. To mark this celebration, Chopard presents an exceptional L.U.C watch issued in an 88-piece limited series: The L.U.C XP Urushi –Year of the dog. This masterpiece proudly reflects the fine craftsmanship of a well known Urushi master from Japan and expertise of watchmakers at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier.
In the Chinese zodiac, each sign is the expression of a distinctive nature. The entire range of qualities associated with the dog is thus reflected in the L.U.C XP Urushi – Year of the Dog watch. Chopard has decided to embody this canine through a representative of the extremely beautiful Asian ‘Akita’ breed, depicted in a lush natural setting dotted with wild orchids and enhanced by the fluttering presence of a dragonfly, regarded as a lucky charm and a good omen.
Urushi is an ancestral lacquer technique and presently only a rare few artists have the skills required to perform this technique. Chopard called upon Master Kiichiro Masumaro to oversee the creation of the L.U.C XP Urushi dials. He is recognised as a master of his art and has been raised to the status of “national human treasure” in Japan. The dials were executed by the Urushi Grand Master Minori Koizumi. For this collaborative endeavour, Chopard secured the services of the Yamada Heiando Company, official purveyor to the Japanese imperial family. 

At the heart of the ultra-thin case measuring 39.5 mm in diameter and 6.8 mm thick beats the mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.17-L movement. Equipped with two barrels ensuring a 65-hour power reserve by means of Twin® technology, this calibre achieves the feat of fitting inside such a slim case thanks to the off-centred 22-carat gold micro-rotor.
It is bevelled, engraved and guilloché, while the bridges are adorned with Côtes de Genève. This sophisticated movement decoration and finishing is performed by expert hands at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, in accordance with the highest aesthetic quality standards of traditional watchmaking. The calibre is visible through the transparent exhibition back of the 18-carat rose gold case.

Technical details
L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the dog
Ref. 161902-5067 – in 18-carat rose gold with special “Year of the dog” dial  - 88-piece limited edition

Case
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 39.50 mm
Thickness: 6.80 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
18-carat rose gold crown with L.U.C logo, 4.00 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.17-L
Number of components: 172
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency:  28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve:  approx. 65 hours
Two barrels, Twin® technology
Bevelled, engraved and guilloché 22-carat gold oscillating weight
Bridges, adorned with Côtes de Genève motif, circular-grained mainplate, bevelled components

Dial and hands
Dial hand-crafted in Japan using the Urushi technique with a special “Year of the dog” motif
Gilded Dauphine-type hours and minutes hands

Functions and displays
Central display of the hours and minutes

Strap and buckle
Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap
18ct rose gold pin buckle

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