Baselworld 2019 – Chopard L.U.C XP Navy Blue

Chopard updates the wardrobe of the L.U.C XP with an on-trend blue dial and a blue Merino wool strap. Though it’s the easiest, most Spartan member of the L.U.C watch household, indicating simply the hours and minutes, the watch is teeming with delicate particulars. Exploring the route of informal class on the dial, the specs are equivalent to the 2017 mannequin and the watch is fitted with the ultra-thin in-house L.U.C automated calibre with its patented Twin structure.

Background

Launched in 2006, the L.U.C XP was the primary ultra-thin watch within the high-end L.U.C assortment and gained the 2006 GPHG prize within the ultra-thin watch class. Revisited together with the L.U.C XPS mannequin by designer Man Bove (former artistic director of Ferdinand Berthoud), the 2017 mannequin signalled a brand new course for the L.U.C ultra-thin fashions. The target was to refresh the appears to be like of the dial and supply a extra modern, extra informal product that will enchantment to a wider viewers. The L.U.C XP was offered in a stainless-steel case with a matte silver-toned satin-brushed dial with vibrant blue numerals and a blue woven cashmere strap. The 2019 L.U.C XP pursues an analogous vein and is dressed with a good-looking navy blue dial and contrasting rose-gold color indications.

The Components of Fashion

Though the 40mm stainless-steel case may not be a purist’s preferrred costume watch dimension, and a case thickness of seven.20mm is not thought-about the epitome of ultra-thin, the case diameter is intentionally modern and the peak remains to be very slim. One other consideration is the selection of a stell case: not solely does it go a good distance in containing the worth, it’s eminently sensible every day. The polished bezel and floor of the lugs contrasts to the elegant vertical satin-brushed casebands for a glossy, city really feel. To reinforce the consolation of the watch on the wrist, the realm of the lugs that comes into contact with the wrist has a tender, rounded edge.

The dial respects the minimalist, much less is extra enchantment of the 2017 L.U.C XP however comes with a extra modern navy blue color offset with rose gold-plated indications. Which may not sound like an earth-shattering change, however the blue dial will increase the ‘casual-chic’ issue of the watch noticeably. With its deep vertical satin-brushed end that echoes the end on the flanks of the case, the blue dial provides a superbly matte background for the utilized rose gold-plated tapered hour markers and Arabic numerals at 12, three, 6 and 9 o’clock. The eye to element of L.U.C’s watchmakers extends all the way in which to the end of Arabic numerals, polished and barely curved for added quantity. The arms are completed in the identical rose gold-plated materials as the opposite indications and are Dauphine-fusée fashion, which means that they taper in direction of the tip.

Computerized Calibre 96.53-L

The Calibre 96.53-L is an in-house automated motion with a tungsten micro-rotor. An ultra-thin motion with a peak of simply three.30mm, the benefit of it being powered by a micro-rotor means that you would be able to see much more of the mechanics, together with components of the gear practice, the stability and the totally different ranges and bridges that compose its structure. Working at a frequency of 28,800vph, the motion is provided with model’s patented Twin® expertise within the type of two stacked mainspring barrels for 58 hours of autonomy. The bridges are embellished with Côtes de Genève and show properly bevelled edges and there are black engraved texts on the rotor and bridges.

Asserting the casual-elegant, dapper, fashion-forward spirit of the watch is the blue Merino wool strap with a brown leather-based lining. The watch additionally comes with a Cognac-coloured alligator strap, each choices fitted with a metal pin buckle. The worth of the L.U.C XP is EUR eight,100. Extra particulars at www.chopard.com.

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