One of the most exciting achievement in the watchmaking industry this year is Chopard’s first in-house hand-wound chronograph caliber L.U.C 03.07-L which boasts a flyback function, a column wheel and the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. This newcomer celebrates the Scheufele family’s 50 years at the helm of Chopard.
The newly developed mechanism is link between past and present and it perfectly reflects the most exacting watchmaking traditions. Although it is a simpler variant when compared with previous Chopard’s in-house movements, at the same time it is more complicated. For one, it is simplified because it lacks a self winding module, but it features some amazing functions such as already mentioned flyback chronograph and column wheel, as well as a vertical clutch mechanism, and a zero reset for the continuous second hand when the crown is pulled for ease of precise time setting.
Besides its amazing technical features, the new Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph looks really beautiful. The impeccable caliber L.U.C 03.07-L is housed in a rose gold case which measures 42mm in diameter and 11.5mm in thickness. The elegant case incorporates a rose gold crown with L.U.C logo and two chronograph pushers, which represents a perfect blend of brush and polished surfaces, with good proportions and curves.
The new Chopard comes with the exhibition case back where you can admire its exceptional movement. The movement is Geneva Seal certified, along with COSC certification and comes with a wonderfully executed decoration on all its parts. The layout is amazing, especially the shape of the mechanism plates and bridges, as well as finishing. Circular graining is used for the base, whilst straight graining is used on the chronograph parts. Bridges are encrusted with Côtes de Genève as the pattern. The movement has a power reserve of 60 hours, and oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz).
Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph watch features a gorgeous silvered dial with Roman numerals and dauphine hands. Its dial comprises two chronograph counters, a small seconds counter and a black-on-white date window between 4 and 5 o’clock position. The 30-minute chrono counter is at the 3 o’clock position, while the 12-hour chrono counter is placed on the opposite side, at the 9 o’clock position. A small seconds sub-dial is situated at the 6 o’clock position. Chronograph hands are colored in red, which together with pump-style chrono pushers gives the watch a slightly vintage look.
The new L.U.C 1963 Chronograph is produced in the limited edition of 50 pieces – one for each year since Scheufele family took over Chopard.