For this year’s Only Watch charity auction, Chopard has prepared L.U.C Tourbillon model that features a rhodiumed 18-karat gold hand-engraved dial and movement. This one-of-a-kind Chopard tourbillon is housed in a large-sized titanium case with the diameter of 43mm, featuring contrasting polished and satin-brushed surfaces.
Its silver-toned dial is hand-decorated with a central motif that represents the coat-of-arms of the Principality of Monaco, and it is surrounded by DNA chromosomes. The pattern representing DNA chromosomes serves as a reminder that the charity auction supports research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The heart of the watch is the in-house manufactured L.U.C 02.17-L movement which is also encrusted with a DNA molecule on the bridge side, crafted by using the Fleurisanne or “filet” engraving technique. This technique is a historical specialty of the village of Fleurier in the Swiss Jura. It is an artistic craft that has almost disappeared despite a glorious past in which it contributed to the reputation of the watchmakers from Fleurier.
The Fleurisanne technique consists of relief-engraving decorative techniques on metal parts, usually gold movement bridges. It does not include engraving a motif as such, but rather sculpting it by hollowing out the material around it so as to make it stand out. This technique is characterized by a total mastery of the tool and a highly meticulous approach. The final result is a totally unique piece in every motif.
Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon for Only Watch 2013 with the referent number 161929-9001 provides a power reserve of at least 9 days, thanks to the company’s patented Quattro technology. The watch is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
A power reserve indicator which shows 8 days (but rest assured) is situated at the 12 o’clock position, while tourbillon carriage with a second’s hand is placed on the opposite side, at the 6 o’clock position. Roman numerals and hands are crafted from red gold. Hour and minute hands are filled with luminous material to provide the best legibility in low light conditions.
This unique Chopard timepiece is constructed to resist water pressure of up to 50 meters (about 165 feet). It comes with an elegant matt black hand-sewn alligator leather strap with a cognac-colored alligator lining.
The 5th edition of Only Watch charity auction will take place on September 28 in Monaco and will be conducted by the watch auctioneers, Antiquorum. The proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy in order to help the finance research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy that affects 250,000 children, adolescents, and young adults around the world.