In 2014, the Swiss watchmaker Chopard unveiled the very first timepiece created with Fairmined gold. The eco-friendly certification “Fairmined” guarantees that the gold was extracted ethically in a responsible manner and also guarantees fair working conditions for mining communities.
Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined Gold is housed in 18-karat rose Fairmined gold case which measures 39.5mm in diameter and 7.13mm in thickness. The watch is ultra-slim thanks to its ultra-slim movement which measures only 3.65mm in thickness.
The new movement which is incorporated in Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined Gold is the COSC-certified caliber 96.12-L which oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz). The mechanism is built on 29 jewels and it consists of 172 individual parts. Its dual stacked barrels provide a 65-hour power reserve. The movement’s finish is of the highest quality, with Côtes de Genève stripes on the bridges, perlage on the mainplate and micro-rotor made from Fairmined gold.
Underneath the front glare-proofed sapphire crystal glass lies a quite unique dial with a slate-gray galvanic surface featuring a sunburst motif that mimics the look of the gold when it was first extracted from the earth. That was achieved by using magnetic shavings. From the rear, there is a see-through sapphire crystal case back that shows the inner beauty of the watch.
The galvanised dial comprises 12 slender rose gold indices and gold dauphine-shape hour and minute hands. There is also a gold baton-shape small seconds hand which is located in the counter at the 6 o’clock position.
The case of the new Chopard L.U.C XPS is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (approximately 100 feet).
The Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined gold timepiece (ref. 161920-5006) is paired with a black alligator leather strap with hand sewn matching tones, ending with 18-karat rose gold pin buckle. The exceptional timepiece is produced in the limited series of only 250 pieces available exclusively at Chopard boutiques worldwide. The retail price is $18,900.