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Baselworld 2015: Chopard 1963 L.U.C Tourbillon

by Nick Gould on March 23, 2015

1963 was the year when the Scheufele family became the owners of Chopard. A discreet tribute to the family tradition, L.U.C 1963 watches directly evoke the aesthetic of the pocket watches made by the company at that time. Introducing the Chopard 1963 L.U.C Tourbillon.

The watch is 40mm and has a 18ct rose gold case.  It features two noticeable features.  The first is the dial.    It is crafted in accordance with the traditional Grand Feu enamelling technique and composed of a plate dusted with enamel powder and then fired at high temperature (900°C), hence the French term Grand Feu (literally ‘great fire’). The manual, artisan-style operation is repeated several times and always implies the risk of damaging the dial.

The latter is then hand-polished to erase the micro-bubbles formed on its surface. Finally, a last firing of a transparent enamel coating called fondant or glazing gives a unique brilliance.

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The Chopard 1963 L.U.C Tourbillon with grand feu enamel dial

The second feature of the watch is the tourbillon. The tourbillon bridge features only two attachment points compared with the usual four. Delicately open worked and pared down to essentials, it is also meticulously chamfered and satin-brushed to set the crowning touch to the movement finishing.

The L.U.C Calibre 02.19-L1 is an evolved and 0.6 mm slimmer version of the 02.01-L movement. It is slimmer because of the enamel dial been slightly thicker than a normal dial. This exceptional calibre powers a tourbillon at 6 o’clock as well as a nine-day power reserve.

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The L.U.C Calibre 02.19-L1

The power-reserve display at 12 o’clock has an eight-day graduated scale, serving as a reminder that the L.U.C Calibre 02.19-L1 is endowed with the patented Quattro® technology supplying the movement with 216 hours of operating autonomy.

In accordance with the wish expressed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard and founder of Chopard Manufacture, the rating precision of the L.U.C 1963 Tourbillon is certified by the COSC, as  are all L.U.C watches with a seconds indication. This model also bears the Poinçon de Genève, guaranteeing the extremely high level of finishing on its components. They are chamfered, straight-grained, circular-grained and/or polished, depending on their position and function within the movement. This certification has recently been enriched and now encompasses the entire watch, its parts, its rating regularity, as well as its case.

We think this watch has been tastefully done, and we especially love the grand feu enamel dial.  Our man in Basel, had the watch on his wrist, while this release was being prepared.  Thanks to the quickness of technology, here is a live shot of the watch on the wrist.

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Live shot of the watch from Basel!

It is a limited edition of 100 pieces.

For more information visit Chopard.com/baselworld

Technical details

Case:

18ct rose gold

Total diameter                                                        40 mm

Thickness                                                              10.60 mm

Water resistance                                                     50 metres

18ct rose gold crown with L.U.C logo                        7.50 mm

Vertical satin-brushed case middle

Polished bezel and case-back

Exhibition back

Glareproofed sapphire crystal

Movement:

Hand-wound movement                                          L.U.C 02.19-L1

Total diameter                                                       29.70 mm

Thickness                                                               5.50 mm

Number of jewels                                                   33

Frequency                                                               28,800 vph (4 Hz)

Power reserve                                                        216 hours

Four barrels – Quattro® technology

Mainplate and bridges in rhodiumed brass

Côtes de Genève adorned bridges

“Chronometer” certified (COSC)

Poinçon de Genève

Dial and hands:

White Grand Feu enamel dial with black transfers

Gilt Dauphine hour and minute hands

Gilt small seconds hand and power-reserve pointer

Railtrack chapter ring

Functions and displays:

Tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Central display of the hours and minutes

Small seconds displayed at 6 o’clock on the tourbillon carriage and power-reserve

Strap and buckle:

Hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap with alligator lining

18ct rose gold pin buckle

Ref. 161970-5001 – in 18ct rose gold

Limited edition of 100 pieces

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