THE NEW FACE OF A SUPERPOWER
Thanks to four barrels – hence the name “Quattro” – the L.U.C by Chopard provides a power reserve of 9 days and rounds off its super powers with a new design blending silver, gold and blue tones.
The L.U.C collection (based on the initials of the brand’s founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard) is without doubt the most traditional model made by the Geneva-based watchmaker. But it still has attractions that make it an incredibly contemporary watch. With the new L.U.C Quattro, introduced a few days before the official opening of BaselWorld 2018, Chopard is continuing an aesthetic approach begun with the L.U.C XP and L.U.C XPS models.
This limited edition of just 50 pieces has a dial with a silver disc to provide a delicate, vertical satin effect, and resulting in a subtle interplay of light. Both discreet and dazzling, the dial on the new L.U.C Quattro includes touches of blue scattered over the surface, while the case made of pink gold adds warmth.
The hours and minutes are shown in the centre with a couple of blued, luminescent, “dauphine-fusée” hands. The hands move around an hour rim made up of facetted hour markers and two applied Arabic numerals that are also blue. The colour is echoed by the small second hand, helping it to stand out – since the sub-dial with a blue rim contains two indications at 6 o’clock – from the gold tone used for the date. At 12 o’clock, a fan-shaped counter shows the remaining power reserve, which runs to some 216 hours, or 9 days.
This impressive level of autonomy is provided by the movement’s four barrels, which is why the model is called Quattro. The calibre, meanwhile, the manual-winding L.U.C 98.01-L, is partially visible through the 43mm-wide case back.
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By Sharmila Bertin