Launched in 2016, the L.U.C Full Strike was Chopard’s first foray into the world of minute repeaters and was a real reimagining of the complication: the watch featured a monobloc sapphire crystal and gong meeting and an impartial energy supply for the putting mechanism, together with a bunch of security options stopping the person from by accident damaging the motion. The Full Strike went on to win the highest honour on the 2017 GPHG, the Aiguille d’Or. Following the primary mannequin, which was crafted in Chopard’s moral Fairmined 18k rose gold, Chopard launched a model in 18k Fairmined white gold in 2018. And now it’s time for the sapphire gongs to be joined by a full sapphire crystal case.
To mark the 25th anniversary of its Haute Horlogerie L.U.C assortment, Chopard has simply unveiled a extremely restricted, five-piece run of the Full Strike, this time with a case product of sapphire. The case of the Full Strike Sapphire shares the identical dimensions as the sooner variations of the watch, which signifies that it measures 42.5mm in diameter and 11.55mm in thickness. What’s outstanding is that your entire case, together with the crown with its built-in minute repeater pusher, has been rendered in artificial corundum. This leads to a really putting (pun supposed, after all!) aesthetic with a full-on, unimpeded view of the motion; from the person bridge and twin barrels to the screws threading via the caseband to attach the caseback to the bezel.
The ethereal really feel of the case is enhanced by means of an openworked sapphire cut-out for the dial. All indications are first engraved into the sapphire crystal, then painted. Rhodium-plated herringbone-style indices for the hours are complemented with modified Dauphine fingers for the time-telling capabilities. An 18k white gold plaque at 3 o’clock bears the “L.U.CHOPARD” model marque.
Allotting with a standard dial has the good thing about providing an unimpeded view of the dial-side strike-works of the calibre L.U.C 08.01-L. The motion ending on show, each back and front, is really spectacular – linear brushing, black sharpening, anglage, Côtes de Genève – and is executed to the exacting requirements of the Poinçon de Genève. This seal of high quality additionally extends to the case of the Full Strike Sapphire, making it the primary non-metallic timepiece to bear the Geneva Seal.
The motion isn’t just an aesthetic deal with, but in addition stays a technical tour de drive that’s simply as spectacular as we speak because it was when it was first launched in 2016. Conventional minute repeaters use gongs (normally product of some hardened metal alloy) which can be a separate construction hooked up to the case of the watch. Within the L.U.C Full Strike, the gongs and the entrance sapphire crystal are mainly one and the identical monobloc construction, with the entrance sapphire crystal serving as a resonator. Additionally, in a similarity to grand sonneries, a separate barrel wound by the crown gives the autonomy for the putting complication, which is why the Full Strike doesn’t want a slide like different minute repeaters. For an in depth look into the technical improvements of the calibre L.U.C 08.01-L, try our article on the primary Full Strike in rose gold.
The L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire is introduced on a hand-sewn gray rectangular scale alligator leather-based strap with a folding clasp in polished and satin-brushed moral 18-carat white gold.
The Full Strike Sapphire is restricted to 5 individually numbered items. The worth remains to be to be confirmed. For extra info, please go to Chopard.com.