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Introducing: The Chopard L.U.C Quattro -

Introducing: The Chopard L.U.C Quattro –

Quick Take

In 2011, Chopard introduced the L.U.C Quattro, which is controlled by one of haute horlogerie’s most fascinating developments. This is the four-barrel L.U.C 1.98. Today, Chopard’s debuting another form of the watch, in an all the more classically elegant package.

Why This Watch Matters

Chopard can, at its best, stand head to head with anybody in the business with regards to development manufacturing. The company produces developments in a wide scope of completions and styles, but the very good quality L.U.C developments made a huge splash when they previously came out in 1996. Timezone’s Walt Odets composed, of the Michel Parmigiani-planned L.U.C 1.96, that it was “…an unprecedented development, particularly from a house frequently thought of, in recent years, more for jewelry watches than for significant horological craft. From the angle of both plan and execution, the caliber 1.96 is probably the best automatic development being produced in Switzerland today.”

Initial Thoughts

This is the longest force hold model in the L.U.C collection. The Quattro debuted in 2005, and offered, through the caliber L.U.C 98.01-L, a multi day power save – one of the longest in any conventionally estimated and conventionally planned wristwatch. A significant achievement for Chopard was that regardless of the exceptionally long running time, the watch was (and is) certified by the COSC as a chronometer, and carried the Poinçon de Genève too (referred to variously in English as the Geneva Seal or the Geneva Hallmark, the Poinçon de Genève was most recently updated in 2012 and is managed by the autonomous agency, Timela b).

Earlier forms of the Quattro were preferably more ornamental over not, with dials wearing a scope of completions, and highly polished Roman numeral markers. The new form is relatively unadorned, but maybe considerably more elegant. The Roman numerals have been replaced by jewel formed, gilded markers, with Arabic numerals at three and nine, and the hands are presently blued steel also (though they hold the distinctive, vaguely Art Deco profile of the original Quattro plans). The subdials for the running seconds and date, and the force save, have also been simplified and the watch presently has a smidgen a greater amount of an instrument-watch feel – it has a pronounced marine chronometer vibe in this emphasis, which is directly in line with the all-encompassing force hold. It’s a limited release in this form, of 50 pieces. This will be a fascinating watch to see with regards to the metal, in a couple of days, at Baselworld.

The Basics

Brand: Chopard
Model: L.U.C Quattro
Reference: 161926-5004

Diameter: 43mm
Thickness: 8.84mm
Case Material: 18k rose gold
Dial Color: Vertical glossy silk brushed silver tone
Indexes: Gilded hour markers
Hands: Blued hours and minutes hands; blued twirly doo hands for the small seconds, date, and force reserve
Lume: None
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue calfskin leather; polished 18k gold pin buckle

The Movement

Caliber: L.U.C 98.01-L
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve
Diameter: 28.60mm
Thickness: 3.70mm
Power Reserve: 216 hours (9 days)
Winding: Manual
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Jewels: 39
Chronometer Certified

Pricing & Availability

Price: $24,400
Availability: Coming Soon
Limited Edition: 50 pieces worldwide

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