WATCHES AND WONDERS 2021: Chopard Novelties
Chopard presents an impressive list of novelties and new versions of its current collections. 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture and the perfection occasion for the release of limited edition models that clearly demonstrate the great steps made by the brand on its way to reach the top level of Haute Horlogerie.
L.U.C QF Jubilee
Released on the cusp of Chopard Manufacture’s 25th anniversary, the L.U.C QF Jubilee timepiece ideally sums up the three core values of the L.U.C collection, namely technical performance, aesthetic refinement and an enduring attachment to certified watchmaking. This anniversary creation, issued in an exclusive 25-piece limited series, embodies this triptych synonymous with excellence. Powered by its L.U.C 96.09-L movement endowed with the 65-hour power reserve linked to Chopard Twin technology and featuring a 39 millimetre-diameter steel case, a perfectly legible sector dial and a strap made of responsible calfskin leather – along with certification from both the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute and the demanding Fleurier Quality Foundation.
L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its creation, Chopard Manufacture presents its first jumping-hour timepiece: the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25. Housed in a 40- millimetre case featuring the L.U.C collection’s characteristically sleek lines and crafted from ethical 18-carat rose gold, its innovative and ultrasophisticated L.U.C 98.06-L movement is equipped with four barrels based on the exclusive Chopard Quattro technology enabling up to eight days of power reserve. This makes it one of the rare jumping-hour watches with such a degree of autonomy. From the movement to the white Grand Feu enamel dial on which the hours aperture appears at 6 o’clock, the entire watchmaking creation, issued in a 100-piece limited series, is produced in-house thanks to the artistic crafts mastered by the artisans of the Manufacture, thus ensuring a high level of finishing duly rewarded by the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.
L.U.C Time Traveler One Black
The L.U.C. Time Traveler One Black timepiece is the latest interpretation by Chopard Manufacture of one of watchmaking’s noblest travel complications: the worldtimer, showing the time in 24 zones around the world simultaneously. A central date disc, indicated by a discreet hand, is surrounded by a chapter display for the hours and minutes of the local time zone, with Dauphine hands in the elegant style characterising the L.U.C collection, adjusted by a crown positioned at 2 o’clock.
The latter serves to adjust the time in the main time zone. A second crown at 4 o’clock is used to turn the disc bearing the reference cities of 24 time zones, synchronised on the city disc with local time. Wherever the wearer finds himself at a given moment, when the city for the local time zone is set to the 12 o’clock position, all the time zones around the globe will be correctly displayed.
The use of ceramised grade 5 titanium for the L.U.C Time Traveler One Black’s 42 mm diameter case marks a world first for travel watches and reflects Chopard’s ongoing commitment to harnessing the most innovative materials in the advancement of Fine Watchmaking.
The L.U.C Time Traveler One Black timepiece is powered by the acclaimed worldtimer movement L.U.C 01.05-L, first unveiled in 2016. Made in-house at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, Switzerland, this self-winding integrated-construction movement has a 60-hour power reserve and beats at 28,800 vph (4 Hz).
L.U.C GMT One Black
The new L.U.C GMT One Black timepiece offers a casual, monochrome take on the dual-time travel watch. Its lightweight, ultra-durable case in ceramised grade 5 titanium and grey-on-black tonality make it the ideal timepiece to meet the demanding pace of life of a new generation of gentlemen. Along with the new L.U.C Time Traveler One Black worldtimer, it is the world’s first travel watch to use this advanced material for the case construction. Produced as a limited edition of 250 pieces, it brings a highly contemporary edge to the embodiment of the watchmaking art according to L.U.C, thanks to L.U.C Calibre 01.10-L, a dual-time movement entirely crafted by the artisans of Chopard Manufacture.
L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono
One of very few titanium perpetual calendar chronographs on the market, the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono timepiece presents an innovative alternative for collectors seeking options besides gold or platinum, while retaining the sense of precious rarity found in watchmaking at its most prestigious. Crucially, titanium’s lightweight nature ensures the 45-millimeter timepiece is an ergonomic and comfortable watch for everyday wear, while the short lugs make it a perfect fit for any wrist.
The patented perpetual calendar mechanism, crafted so that its displays integrate perfectly with the chronograph functions, is no less inventive. In particular, the high precision orbital moon phase, a showpiece of the dial design at 6 o’clock, is accurate to just a day’s deviation every 122 years.
The new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono, produced as a limited edition of 20 pieces, carries an in-house manufactured movement with manual winding and a power reserve of 70 hours.
L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony
The peony, with its luscious rounded bloom, has been a long-term inspiration for Chopard’s creativity. Since 2014, it has taken a starring role in the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony series, a collection of breath-taking, limited edition Fine Watchmaking timepieces celebrating the variety of artistic crafts at the heart of Maison’s creative approach. For the new edition in ethical 18-carat rose gold limited to eight pieces, Chopard is marking the addition of the art of Grand Feu Enamel to its pool of in-house Métiers d’Art practices. In a design inspired by the antique decorative pocket watches found in the L.U.CEUM, Chopard’s museum in Fleurier, Chopard’s enamelling artisan has created a vibrant image of pink peonies blooming on a light green background. Visible through an open case back, the L.U.C 96.23-L mechanical self-winding movement is also beautifully decorated with Fleurisanne, an engraving technique perfectly mastered by an in-house talented artisan.
L’Heure du Diamant
L’Heure du Diamant collection sums up the wealth of artistic crafts cultivated within Chopard, by artisans ranging from master watchmakers to gemsetters. The collection is reinvented in a new cushion- shaped watch, fashioned from ethical 18-carat white gold, graced with a mother- of-pearl dial and rimmed with diamonds. This creation features the emblematic tree bark-textured gold bracelet sculpted using a proprietary technique and beats to the rhythm of the Chopard 09.01-C self-winding movement. It bears within it the genius of skills patiently nurtured through the years by Chopard’s Artisans of Emotion.
Happy Diamonds Joaillerie
Synonymous with Joie de Vivre since its creation in 1976, the Happy Diamonds collection welcomes a new watch inspired by one of the Maison’s historic variations: a creation on which 15 dancing diamonds swirl around the dial in a playful game of hide-and-seek, at times hidden beneath a mother-of-pearl gallery, and at others cascading across the lower part of watch. Combining the sparkle of diamonds with the shimmer of Tahitian mother-of-pearl, the Happy Diamonds Joaillerie timepiece shines with responsible radiance thanks to the use of ethical 18-carat rose gold.
They are the ultimate emblem of the Maison. Invented in Chopard’s workshops in 1976, they have never ceased to distil their daring through multiple watch and jewellery creations. Through the talent of the artisans in Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie workshops, they now lend their signature touch to three unprecedented jewellery watches crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold. Each features a dial set with five dancing diamonds and framed by a tiara of marquise-cut precious stones.
Surrounded by countless legends, emerald has inspired Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie workshops to create a new jewellery watch, crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold and entirely set from dial to bracelet with emeralds and diamonds. Aptly named Esperanza, it is the first model in the new Red Carpet Collection.
Crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold, it glows with the fire of more than 41 carats of Zambian emeralds spectacularly arranged in a mixture of pear-shaped and round cuts, complemented by glittering diamonds. It took the Maison’s artisans more than 515 hours of work to complete this jewellery masterpiece.
the impressive Red Carpet Collection, the Haute Joaillerie collection that Caroline Scheufele designs each year as part of Chopard’s historic partnership with the Cannes Film Festival. It annually offers a number of jewellery creations exactly corresponding to the age of the Festival, meaning it will comprise no less than 74 creations this year. The Esperanza watch is the inaugural piece in this new collection, which will once again reveal the creative genius and daring of Chopard Haute Joaillerie.
Synonymous with femininity and elegance, the IMPERIALE collection welcomes a diamond-set ethical 18-carat rose gold timepiece. Its dial, adorned with the collection’s emblematic motif, is graced with refined guilloché work testifying to the expertise of Chopard’s finest artisans. Equally rich both inside and out, the IMPERIALE timepiece beats to the rhythm of an in-house Chopard 96.17-C movement with automatic winding.
The new 36 mm-diameter IMPERIALE Moonphase timepiece is crafted from ethical 18- carat white gold studded with precious stones. The dial of this technically refined and supremely feminine jewellery model is entirely made of aventurine. Naturally sprinkled with stars, this delicately spangled glass is graced with the five main northern hemisphere constellations. Together, they serve as a backdrop for the most feminine watchmaking complication of them all: an astronomical moonphase display, orchestrated by the Chopard 96.25-C movement. Thus attired in deep blue and lit up by the fire of diamonds, IMPERIALE Moonphase offers a delicately shimmering interpretation of the lunar cycles. Its moon-phase display offers astronomical accuracy, reducing the precision error in the duration between two successive new moons (known as a lunation) to just 57.2 seconds, and hence taking 122 years to accumulate a mere one-day difference between IMPERIALE Moonphase 3/5 the measured and actual lunar cycle.