Along with time, complications comprise a perpetual calendar in addition to a 122 year accurate moon phase indicator. The overall layout of the dial is logical, and about as busy as you can get with no feeling excessively cluttered. My only issue with the dial is that while some of the sub-dial hands are easy to see, others aren’t. For example, two of those sub-dials possess a stubbier, lume-filled hand which is simple to spot. At the exact same time, those same dials also have a thinner, polished hand which does not benefit from having a contrasting shade. These thinner hands readily vanish given the lack of powerful contrast, and make it challenging to observe that the day of the week and the month if you want to read them at a glance.Legibility is not an issue with the most important hands, which are those for the minutes and hours. Beautifully perfect in size, the hour and minute hands further benefit from using luminous material, which contrasts nicely with the glossier tones of other dial elements.Over the wealthy, metallic blue face are employed 18k white gold Roman numeral hour markers. Chopard designed these components cleverly, as they’re rounded in only 1 direction. That means that they play with the mild, but not too much as to trigger reflective blur. I will, however, request that moving ahead Chopard opt to coat the sapphire crystal over the dial with AR-coating on either side (not just the underside as is done here).
Chopard gives its L.U.C Regulator a new look with a redesigned dial and case, while retaining the beautifully finished, eight day power reserve plus second time zone movement.
Modelled on regulator dial clocks, the Chopard Watches 2015 Replica L.U.C. Regulator has its minutes on the central axis, while the hours and seconds are on sub-dials. And it has the addition of a second time zone display at nine o’clock, along with the power reserve at noon. While the L.U.C. Regulator has been in Chopard’s line-up for nearly a decade, this is a facelifted version for Baselworld 2015, with a new dial and larger case. Regulator dials on clocks were meant to optimise legibility and improve the precision of time setting as such clocks were often used as reference clocks where high precision was imperative, like in watch factories or observatories. The new L.U.C. Regulator dial has been redesigned to that end, giving it a look reminiscent of a dashboard instrument, with large Arabic numerals for all the indications.
It’s equipped with the L.U.C 98.02-L calibre, a hand-wound movement with an eight day (or 216 hour) power reserve. The movement is both COSC and Geneva Seal certified, a somewhat redundant twosome since the Geneva Seal now demands both decorative finishing and functionality for the complete watch (while COSC tests the movement before it’s cased).
The dial is silvered with a radial brushed finish, while the case is rose gold with a recessed button to advance the second time zone hand. Dimensions are 43 mm wide and 9.78 mm high, making it flat relative to its diameter, a recipe for elegant proportions.
Pricing is not yet known but with the earlier generation of this model retailing for about US$40,000, expect this to be in the same ballpark.