Pursuing its longstanding involvement in celebrating life’s finest milestones as well as honouring traditional Chinese arts, Chopard is taking things to a new level with an extraordinary new one-off creation: L.U.C Perpetual T – Spirit of the Chinese zodiac. Chopard artisans have created an entirely hand-engraved 18-carat rose gold case depicting the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac using the champlevé engraving technique.
This case houses one of the most prestigious horological complication – a perpetual calendar, a tourbillon and an over one-week power reserve ensured by the four barrels of the Quattro system – raising this timepiece to the ranks of the noblest in its category. The perpetual calendar carries technical as well as ergonomic significance. Indicating the complete date while taking account of the variable durations of the months, including leap years, is a challenge ably met by L.U.C Calibre 02.15-L. The tourbillon of the L.U.C Perpetual T – Spirit of the Chinese zodiac sits enthroned at 6 o’clock on the dial, topped by a meticulously polished and blackened steel bridge.
By constantly spinning on its axis, it releases the rate of the watch from the influence of gravity.
The solid gold dial of the L.U.C Perpetual T is adorned with a hand-engraved motif inspired by traditional Chinese iconography and also featured on the bezel and the rose gold buckle. Moreover, the entire L.U.C Calibre 02.15-L has been hand-decorated in keeping with the traditions of Haute Horlogerie. The quality of these surfaced treatments, combined with the construction choices, entitles the L.U.C Perpetual T – Spirit of the Chinese zodiac to bear the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, one of the most prestigious certifications in the Swiss watch industry.
A hand-sewn black alligator leather strap with alligator lining lends an ultimate touch of elegance to this finely crafted watch. This comprehensive work of artistic craftsmanship, paying tribute to a millenary-old culture, is intended for the most discerning collector. This special piece will be presented to Asian collectors at a private exhibition in Beijing, while its price is US$264,380.