When Chopard commits to developing the achievements of its brand, there is no stopping at the minimum. In 2016, the brand launched its very first repeating wristwatch, the Full Strike, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its manufacture. The celebration became even more festive when the Full Strike won the coveted best-in-show award at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). The success of the watch instigated the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Chopard.
The newest addition to Chopard’s growing catalog is the L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon. The new release is an ethical pink gold edition limited to just 20 pieces. Beyond its use of a unique material, the model stands out by combining a minute repeater with a tourbillon.
Chopard opts for sapphire to craft both the bridge over the tourbillon as well as the gongs in this piece. The result is a surprisingly clear and loud sound as the repeating mechanism is activated. For this reason, the gold case is all the more special, as gold doesn’t transmit sound as well as, for example, titanium or stainless steel would.
The design of the new L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon is a feat for Chopard, particularly because quite a few watch connoisseurs still prefer to have their repeating watches cased in precious metal. The sapphire monobloc gongs, which are very challenging to craft, solve this problem elegantly and innovatively.
The caliber L.U.C 08.02-L powering the hands is a well-loved movement from Chopard. It beats at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 50 hours. The mechanism has refined finishing, earning it the prestigious Poinçin de Genève, or Geneva Seal quality hallmark.
The outward-facing side of the watch is equally as enamoring as its mechanics, with a grey dial that complements the warm-toned pink gold. Cutouts at 10 and 6 o’clock entice onlookers with a view of the tourbillon and the hammers of the minute repeater. Two additional hands indicate the power reserve of both the movement as well as the striking mechanism. The finishing touch is the grey alligator strap, matching the color of the dial and further adding to the good looks of what is a striking example of excellence.
The new Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon is limited to 20 pieces and is available at select retailers with the price available upon request.
To learn more, visit Chopard, here.