The L.U.C 8HF Power Control in ceramic and titanium boasts the chronometer-certified high-frequency L.U.C Calibre 01.09-L. Beating at 57,600 vibrations per hour (8 Hz), this means significant improvement in the calibre’s precision timekeeping properties, particularly in rate resumption and stability. For this Chopard Power Control version, the 42 mm-diameter case graced with curves similar to the titanium version of the L.U.C 8HF now comes in high-grade black machined ceramic with touches of red.
This model is water-resistant to 100 metres and presents a DLC-coated titanium case-band, allowing a broad bezel diameter, along with a ceramic crown at 4 o’clock bearing the L.U.C logo. This resolutely avant-garde model features monobloc matt black ceramic lugs and case-back, as well as a screw-down crown guard with the same finish. A sapphire crystal built into the half-closed case-back is positioned just above the high-frequency escapement, providing a chance to appreciate its finer details.
On the black sunburst satin-brushed black dial, entirely in harmony with the matt ceramic and semi-matt titanium of the case, the date is in a pointer-type display between 5 and 6 o’clock, while the red small seconds hand at 7 o’clock travels far more smoothly than on an ordinary watch thanks to the high-frequency escapement and its 57,600 vibrations per hour. The approximately 60-hour power reserve appears between 9 and 11 o’clock.
This 250-piece limited series is in a league all its own.