For the upcoming Baselworld 2015 watch show, Chopard prepares its new L.U.C Regulator Watch. The Swiss manufacturer originally brought out its L.U.C Regulator back in 2006 and this redesigned version perfectly combines precision with some modern aesthetic details.
For those who maybe do not know, the regulator is a timepiece in which hours, minutes and seconds are all displayed on separate displays – the look which is inspired by high-precision clocks traditionally used as reference points in watch and clock factories from the end of the 19th century, and now pretty much amounting to a complication in its own right.
The new Chopard L.U.C Regulator Watch is housed in an 18-karat red gold case with the diameter of 43mm and the thickness of 9.78mm. The red gold case and bezel are fully polished with the exception of the sides of the case.
The beating heart of the watch is caliber L.U.C 98.02-L hand wound movement which comes with COSC certification and the Geneva Hallmark. The precise and reliable mechanism features 4 mainspring power barrels (called Quattro®) despite the fact that it measures only 4.9mm in thickness. Furthermore, these modest dimensions make it possible to have a fairly slim case. The watch oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and provides 216 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a sunburst satin-brushed silver-toned dial with black transfers and four cardinal points each occupied by an indication. Instead of traditional 12-hour position for hours, the hour counter is relocated at the 3 o’clock position. The power-reserve counter shows the autonomy of L.U.C Caliber on a graduated scale at the 12 o’clock position, whilst on the opposite side, at the 6 o’clock position, there is a small seconds sub-dial. A second time zone register is located at the 9 o’clock position. This GMT function is operated by a push-button on the side of the L.U.C Regulator case placed at the 7 o’clock position.
The only asymmetric detail on the dial is a small date aperture which is positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock position. The dial also comprises gilt dauphine-type hours and minutes hands, as well as a black triangular hand for small seconds, dual-time zone (GMT) and the power-reserve indicator.
The watch is teamed with a hand-stitched alligator leather strap, fitted with an 18-karat red-gold buckle.
Chopard L.U.C Regulator with the referent number 161971-5001 will be officially debuted in less than a week at Baselworld 2015.