Chopard’s manual-wound L.U.C. Caliber 63.01-L is a smaller version of the earlier Caliber 06.01-L, which the company developed in partnership with the Geneva Watchmaking School and introduced in its “L.U.C. Louis-Ulysse Chopard – The Tribute” model in Chopard’s 150th anniversary year of 2010 (see what we mean about anniversaries?). It is, as noted previously, a large movement but one with a very simple architecture because it includes no major horological complications, only hours, minutes and small seconds. It has a two-tone treatment (rose gold and steel) that enhances its three-dimensional look. The eye-catching finishes include circular graining on the mainplate, and bridges made of nickel silver and adorned with côtes de Genève. Nickel silver is not only a nobler alloy than brass, which is more commonly used to make movement bridges, but also harder and more difficult to work with because of its tendency to scratch. The movement also boasts a swan’s neck index assembly.
In accordance with the chronometric tradition to which it pays tribute, the watch boasts both a COSC certification and the Hallmark of Geneva quality seal. It carries a power reserve of 60 hours and a frequency of 28,800 vph, and is visible beneath the large sapphire exhibition caseback. The Chopard L.U.C. 1963 is available in an 18k rose gold (pictured version) or platinum case, each limited to 50 pieces, and comes on a hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap, lined with cognac-toned alligator leather. It will be available at retail in the spring, shortly following its official launch at Baselworld 2014, and will be priced starting at $37,580.