This month, at Baselworld 2013, Chopard will launch a new model of the L.U.C. Engine One watch. The prototype of this newcomer was presented three years ago under the name L.U.C. Engine One. This novelty is called the L.U.C. Engine One H, and the letter “H” stands for horizontally configured structure of the new watch.
The new Engine One H is much more attractive and original than its ancestor. Inside the case is actually the same movement that powers the original Engine One, but with a few cosmetic improvements. The in-house manufactured Caliber L.U.C 04.02-L has been designed to look roughly engine-like. It is styled with the groves on the bridges and base plate inspired by cylinder heads. The overall impression is more than satisfying.
The manually wound movement provides the usual set of functions, as well as a power reserve indication and a tourbillon. The impeccable mechanism is built on 29 jewels and has a balance frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
Much More Striking Version than the Engine One
Engine One H is housed in a horizontally elongated case with the diameter of 44.5mm. Its masculine case is made of partly polished and matt titanium. The crown screwed into the case is set at the 12 o’clock position. The watch is shielded with double-sided anti-reflective sapphire crystals.
The most interesting about this newcomer, besides the horizontal position of its caliber, is the design of its dial. The gorgeously styled dial with two plates is decorated with horizontal grooves at the top and bottom of it, with central hour and minute hands.
The power reserve display is situated at the 9 o’clock position and, with markings “Full” and “Empty”, it makes the automobile theme even more authentic. On the opposite side, at the 3 o’clock position, there is a tourbillon carriage together with small seconds. The second’s hand is painted in eye-catching red.
The new Chopard L.U.C. Engine One H features a see-through case back where you can see the inner beauty of the watch.
The watch comes with a thick leather strap colored in black. This newcomer is issued in a limited quantity of 100 specimens. It looks that the new L.U.C. Engine One H has improved when compared to its predecessor in a number of ways, without really changing its core elements.