In order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of its Manufacture in Fleurier, Chopard is unveiling its first worldtime watch dubbed the L.U.C Time Traveler One. The Swiss manufacturer offers three variants of this novelty to satisfy different tastes of the potential customers.
Chopard L.U.C time Traveler One features a nicely structured and easy-to-read dial that allows its wearer to keep track of the time in almost every time zone on earth simultaneously.
A small arrow-tipped hand indicates the date on a 1-31 scale. A surrounding railway track circle serves for reading of the local time. Date and local time are set via the crown located at the 2 o’clock position bearing the L.U.C logo.
A large 24-hour graduated ring works in coordination with the disc bearing the names of 24 cities symbolizing the 24 main world time zones. The crown placed at the 4 o’clock position bearing a modern stylized globe motif serves for the synchronization of the world-time disk with the local time. Once they are synchronized, no more adjustment is required, so the future owner of the watch can read off the time around the globe with the same hand as local time.
This powerful wristwatch is available in three versions. The stainless steel model comes with a sunburst black dial with contrasting orange accents. The platinum L.U.C Time Traveler One features what Chopard calls a blue-gray dial with only the half-circle for the daytime hours in contrasting silver tone, while the 18-karat rose gold version boasts a fully silver-toned dial with a contrasting deep blue half-circle for the nighttime hours on the 24-hour scale. Each version is housed in mid-sized 42mm case, with the thickness of 12.09mm. Also, each case features alternating satin-brushed and polished finishes. The case construction guarantees water resistance up to 50 meters (165 feet).
From the rear, there is a see-through case back which offers a look into the movement inside, caliber 01.05-L. The self-winding movement has been entirely developed, produced and finished at Chopard Manufacture in the Swiss town of Fleurier. The impeccable mechanism is endowed with a 60-hour power reserve and operates at a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz). The self-winding caliber consists of 262 parts and it is built on 39 jewels. Its finishes meet the highest aesthetic norms including chamfering and Côtes de Genève. The L.U.C Time Traveler One is chronometer-certified by the COSC.
Each model comes with an elegant, alligator leather strap with the matching pin buckle. The steel version is priced at $12,800, the rose gold model can be purchased for $22,500, while the most expensive variant housed in a platinum case retails for $35,200.