Not like different well-established watchmakers, Chopard doesn’t have an enormous library of historical past books to look via when it wants some inspiration for a brand new mannequin, at the least not for his or her L.U.C watches. L.U.C is Chopard’s high-end line of watches, going above and past the Alpine Eagle and Mille Miglia when it comes to complexity, metallic combos and price ticket. Regardless of L.U.C solely being round for 25 years now, they’ve an thrilling and intensely diversified catalogue of watches to look via.
For 2022, the main focus is most positively on putting watches. We’re beginning with this: the L.U.C Strike One. First launched to mark the tenth anniversary of the L.U.C division, the Strike One is an idiosyncratic-yet-charming repeating costume watch. It’s not a full-on minute repeater, however again at its launch, it was a touch of the minute repeaters to come back.
Inside it’s the calibre L.U.C 96-32-L. It’s routinely wound and in-house made (in fact), it has a 65-hour energy reserve and is barely 5.6mm thick but it incorporates two mainspring barrels and the repeating system. Similar to on their Full Strike, the Strike One incorporates a crystal gong that’s linked on to the crystal overlaying the dial, utilizing it as an amplifier for the repeater. We’ve but to see it in motion.
Chopard’s Strike One isn’t a standard minute repeater however moderately what’s known as a sonnerie au passage, a sonnerie that strikes the passage of time. On this case, it strikes on the hour, very like A.Lange & Söhne’s Zeitwerk Putting Time additionally chimes the hours (that watch additionally strikes the quarter-hours, however we’ll let Chopard off on this one).
The hammer for the putting mechanism is discovered on the dial moderately than the underside. It’s sat in a cutout of a strong gold dial which has been given a galvanic therapy to show it gray and a honeycomb guilloché sample. That is Chopard’s present theme for its costume watches and is more likely to stay so for the long run. The watch case is product of 18k Fairmined rose gold and measures 40mm x 9.86mm. It’s restricted in manufacturing to only 25 items and a value has but to be confirmed. Go to Chopard right here.