At Baselworld 2014 watch show, Chopard presented the world’s first watch made of Fairmined gold from South America named the L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined. This newcomer is a fruit of the brand’s ongoing “Journey to sustainable luxury”, a project that was launched in 2013, as an effort to improve its standards related to social and environmental issues.
Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined is a classic tourbillon timepiece with a nine-day power reserve (216 hours). All the main parts of the watch, including its case-back, case and bezel, are completely crafted from Fairmined gold, thus guaranteeing that the gold was mined in a responsible manner and that the each miner received fair payment and an overall premium.
The rose gold case with alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces measures 43mm in diameter and it is constructed to resist water pressure of up to 50 meters (about 165 feet).
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a gorgeous gray dial with sunray motifs. The refined dial comprises the tourbillon and a small seconds counter, both located at the 6 o’clock position, and the nine-day power reserve indicator which is situated on the opposite side, at the 12 o’clock position, just above the Poinçon de Genève stamped on the dial. The newest member of Chopard’s L.U.C collection features the Dauphine hands which are inspired by the gilded 1930’s timepieces, as well as the chunky Roman numerals which are hand-applied.
The beating heart of the Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined is the L.U.C 02.13-L1 hand-wound tourbillon movement which is certified to Chronometer standard by COSC. The impeccable mechanism can be seen via the transparent case back of the watch. A sapphire crystal window at the back also displays the Au 750 Fairmined hallmark gold certification.
Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined with the referent number 161929-5004 is produced in the limited edition of only 25 exemplars. Each of them comes with a genuine hand-sewn (CITES certified) alligator leather strap. Furthermore, the newest Chopard watch has been submitted to the Fleurier Quality Foundation watchmaking tests, and Chopard is still the Manufacture that holds the record for the largest number of timepieces to have gained this accreditation.
Earlier, Chopard launched L.U.C 1963 50th Anniversary Chronometer that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Scheufele family’s ownership of the company, as well as the special edition timepiece that honors the Chinese Year of the Horse. At the Baselworld 2014 trade show, Chopard also presented the new Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono Watch.