Along with time, complications include a perpetual calendar as well as a 122 year true moon phase indicator. The calendar system indicates that the date (via large date display window), month, day of the week, leap year, and 24 hour (day/night) indicator. The general layout of this dial is logical, and about as busy as you can get without it feeling excessively cluttered. My only issue with the dial is that while a number of the sub-dial hands are easy to view, others aren’t. For example, two of those sub-dials possess a stubbier, lume-filled hands that’s simple to see. At precisely the exact same time, those same dials also have a thinner, polished hand which does not benefit from using a contrasting shade. These thinner hands readily disappear given the absence of effective contrast, and make it challenging to see that the day of this week and the month if you would like to read them in a glance.Legibility isn’t an issue with the most important hands, which are such for your minutes and hours. Beautifully perfect in size, the minute and hour hands farther benefit from having luminous material, which contrasts nicely with the glossier tones of additional dial elements.Over the wealthy, metallic blue face are employed 18k white gold Roman numeral hour markers. Chopard designed these elements cleverly, as they’re rounded in only one direction. That means they play with the mild, but not too much as to trigger blur blur. I will, however, ask that moving forward Chopard opt to coat the sapphire crystal over the dial with AR-coating on either side (not only the bottom as is done here).
Shaped like a tonneau, or barrel, the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru is an unusual watch, having a form case matched with an exactly shaped form movement, and one that is beautifully constructed and finished at that.
Based on the cal. 96.01, the first L.U.C movement developed by Chopard and still one of the most refined self-winding movements on the market, the tonneau-shaped L.U.C 97.01-L is a thin movement that’s just 3.3mm high.
It’s wound via a 22k gold micro-rotor linked to a rocker, and has twin barrels for a 65-hour power reserve. Like most of Chopard’s top of the line movements, the L.U.C 97.01-L bears the Poinçon de Genève, or Geneva Seal, hallmark and is recognisably well finished.
But the Grand Cru remains typical of the L.U.C line, which means it possesses an exceptionally sedate design. The dial is lacquered white with broad Roman numerals and tiny red accents for a wee bit of excitement.
The case is 18k rose gold and moderately sized at 38.5mm wide and 38.8m long, though it is a slim 7.74mm high.
Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele
Price and availability
The L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru (ref. 162296-5001) is priced at US$25,090 or S$31,980.