At the upcoming Baselword 2016, Chopard will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its L.U.C Collection of high-end timepieces by launching a limited edition watch named the L.U.C XPS 1860. This exceptional newcomer features superbly hand-finished and in-house manufactured movement, just like other members of this prestigious range of watches (for example, Chopard L.U.C Regulator and Chopard L.U.C XPS in Fairmined Gold).
Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Limited Edition is housed in an elegant, 18-karat rose gold case which measures 40mm in diameter and only 7.2mm in thickness. Its narrow case features a classical shape, but it has been modernized by using, among others, a vertical brushing on the case band.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a gorgeous hand-guilloché dial with a flinqué pattern in the middle. The uncultured dial comprises a small seconds counter and a date display which are situated at the 6 o’clock position. The hands are contemporary and bolder than before.
The anniversary L.U.C XPS 1860 watch houses an ultra-slim caliber LUC 96.01-L (formerly L.U.C 1.96) which is only 3.3mm thick. The automatic mechanical movement is capable to store no less than 65 hours when fully charged due to the double-barrel (Twin Technology). The ultra-thin mechanism has the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), and other details of the movement include a 22-karat gold micro-rotor, hand-chamfered and polished bridges, fine circular graining and polished screw-heads. This nice finish is attested by the presence of the Hallmark of Geneva and its accuracy will also be guaranteed, as COSC certified.
The 20th anniversary L.U.C XPS 1860 model is in fact a re-edition of the very first L.U.C timepiece from 1996 which was entirely produced and manufactured by the Chopard watchmaking brand. The year 1860 from the name refers to the date on which Louis-Ulysse Chopard created the company.
The new high-end watch by Chopard will be officially unveiled later this month during Baselword watch fair. The watch will be issued in the limited quantity of 250 pieces. The retail price will be €19,950 (approximately $22,350).