The newest dial introduces applied Roman numerals, a trio of subdials at 3, 6, and 9 for the moon phase and calendar complications, together with the “big date” aperture, which carries through from earlier variants. But even in all that action, the heavy blue sunray dial is probably the best possible canvas to comparison all the polished indicators and elements delineating the information on each register. Note that the sunray texture ratdiates not in the middle, but by the Chopard Watches Serial Number Replica emblem. The Lunar One’s alternating brushed and polished platinum case measures a very full 43mm wide, and squeezing this opinion in a case any smaller will be nearly impossible. The fact that the watch is 11.47mm thick will likely keep it from appearing too big on the wrist for those who might be inclined towards a smaller case.The subdials do seem to me to be squeezing the numerals around them. It gives me the same sense like I am unfortunate enough to have the center seat on a plane, packed with two people too broad for their own chairs. The feeling of those subdials being somewhat “bloated” certainly leaves the idea of the opinion being even 1 millimeter thinner look as a balloon-popping proposition.The Calibre 96.13-L beating within is regarded as Chopard’s crown jewel, hardly a small accomplishment at a stable of pretty intriguing calibers at the ends of this complication spectrum. Requiring adjustment only once every 122 years (hypothetically speaking), the perpetual calendar well matches the moon phase indicator, but it’s not any normal moon phase indicator with a stationary aperture displaying the current form of the moon. This one is an “astronomical moon phase” complication that orbits the 6:00 enroll in view of its appropriate stage and astronomical positioning in the nighttime sky.
Chopard has given its ultra-high frequency movement a striking, modern look, with a black ceramic case and red accents, available as the 250-piece limited edition L.U.C 8HF Power Control.
Chopard was amongst the first brands to create a serially produced, ultra-high beat movement when it presented the L.U.C 8HF back in 2012. Running at 8 Hz or 57,600 beats per hour (bph), the L.U.C Calibre 01.09-L movement returns at Baselworld 2014, inside the L.U.C 8HF Power Control. The high frequency of the Calibre 01.09-L – double the 28,800 bph of most conventional movements – helps it keep better time by increasing the inertia of the balance, making it more stable and less prone to deviations caused by external factors like impacts and shock. Despite the high frequency of the movement, it still manages a respectable 60 hour power reserve.
Notably, the silicon parts used in the Calibre 01.09-L, namely the impulse pin, lever, escape wheel, are interchangeable with the same components in other Choprad L.U.C movements. That means these silicon components will surely make their way into other calibres in the not too distant future. The L.U.C 8HF Power Control has a 42 mm matte black ceramic case and crown. The bezel is also ceramic, with a black titanium ring in between the bezel and case. A sapphire porthole in the back exposes the balance wheel beating at a frenetic 57,600 bph.
Finished with a sunburst brushing, the dial is black with red accents. The date window is at six, and the power reserve at 10. Though Chopard’s track record in watch aesthetics is inconsistent, the Power Control is surprisingly attractive and coherently designed.
The L.U.C 8HF Power Control is limited to 250 pieces with a retail price of 26,530 Singapore dollars. That includes 7% tax and is equivalent to US$21,000.