At 6 o’clock, you may see the seconds sub-dial using a hand that is much like the hours and minutes hand since it’s also gilded, but it is not done in the exact same style. I appreciate Chopard’s own-designed and proprietary font and crimson color used to indicate the time increments at 15, 45, and 60 and even though I wasn’t certain about the markers in between the digits initially, it is something I quite like now. Additionally, a noteworthy detail is that these markers — both the numerals and the little points between them — are so modest, even with my great near-sight I could hardly take them out.Additionally, as is normal for so many L.U.C watches, there’s the date window placed at the base of the seconds sub-dial, blended into the second track to minimize its effect on the dial’s aesthetics. — that is always the question, but I can appreciate Chopard Titanium Watch Replica sticking to its idea of adding this extra bit of performance. Again, to be taken into account is, in addition, the fact that this is one of the smaller date dividers — think about that the sub-40mm size of the watch and the proportionally yet smaller date window, and also the distraction-factor really is minimized.The display case-back permits a view into the Geneva Seal accepted 97.01-L Calibre movement which, like the 97.03-L found in the L.U.C Tonneau watch, is a tonneau-shaped automatic motion. A 22ct gold micro-rotor compels the two piled barrels built utilizing Chopard’s Twin technology, providing a total of 65 hours of power book at a frequency of 4Hz. The motion steps at 28.15mm with 27.60mm in only 3.3mm thick and consists of 197 components, and has 29 jewels.Chopard calls the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru “the only tonneau shape watch wound with an automated motion” — though the Clé de Cartier, many Richard Mille pieces, and even some Franck Muller models spring to mind as additional watches which match this description.The Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Hebdomadaire is really a tonneau shaped watch with a tonneau shaped motion, but one that’s a manual wind, but also the RM 67-01 (hands-on here) is very much a tonneau-shaped motion at a tonneau watch.
Next year Chopard Watches Vancouver Replica will officially introduce the L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Goat” special edition featuring a maki-e dial to mark the Chinese Zodiac sign for 2015.
A striking but little known sub-collection within Chopard’s L.U.C line of timepiece is the Urushi collection, with dials decorated in maki-e, or Japanese lacquer. Each year Chopard brings out a special edition with the appropriate animal of the Chinese Zodiac, with the goat making its appearance in 2015 for the Year of the Wood Goat, which starts 19 February 2015 and ends on 7 February 2016. Just like this year’s special edition for the Year of the Horse, the maki-e (Japanese for “sprinkled picture”) dial is made by Yamada Heiando, a lacquerware maker established a century ago and supplied to the Japanese Imperial Household. Formed by gold and silver dust, mother of pearl and other metal pigments, the goat is hand-painted with natural lacquer from the Urushi tree and takes several weeks to complete.
Available in rose or white gold, the L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Goat” has the standard 39.5 mm case of the L.U.C XP, along with the automatic calibre L.U.C 96.17-L inside. The price is 30,970 Singapore dollars including 7% tax, or about US$24,800.