L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono

Lightweight, versatile and precise: a very modern grand complication combining extremely accurate chronograph and perpetual calendar functions

 

The combination of perpetual calendar and hand-wound chronograph has long been regarded by connoisseurs as one of the highest expressions of the watchmaker’s craft, which Chopard mastered five years ago with the presentation of its first L.U.C Perpetual Chrono timepiece. The latter houses the L.U.C 03.10-L movement, a veritable horological marvel notable for its integration of the most prestigious chronograph and perpetual calendar achievements. Carrying both “Chronometer certification” and the esteemed Poinçon de Genève, this masterpiece is now transformed with a lightweight grade 5 titanium case corresponding to the lifestyle of the contemporary gentleman. Combined with an artfully pared-back aesthetic, the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono, produced as a limited edition of 20 pieces, offers a truly modern approach to classical Fine Watchmaking.

                                                                                     

A lightweight and versatile material – The L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono

One of very few titanium perpetual calendar chronographs on the market, the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono timepiece presents an innovative alternative for collectors seeking options besides gold or platinum, while retaining the sense of precious rarity found in watchmaking at its most prestigious.

L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono

 

Crucially, titanium’s lightweight nature ensures the 45-millimeter timepiece is an ergonomic and comfortable watch for everyday wear, while the short lugs make it a perfect fit for any wrist.

 

L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono – A high-precision perpetual calendar chronograph movement

The L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is powered by the L.U.C 03.10-L movement, testifying to exceptional craftsmanship. This beautiful and complex mechanism was entirely developed and produced in Chopard Manufacture’s workshops and gave rise to four invention patents.

The movement’s architecture is based on a construction reflecting the highest level of execution. At the heart of this mechanism, a column wheel precisely coordinates the functions of the chronograph, while a patented vertical coupling clutch ensures actuation that is light to the touch but utterly exact. The flyback function allows immediate reuse of the chronograph without the need to stop and reset. When the zero-reset pusher is pressed, however, the instantaneous movement of the counters and central sweep seconds hand is managed by patented progressive-contact hammers that guarantee optimal precision. Finally, a semi-instantaneous jumping minute counter ensures the precise display of chronograph minutes. All chronograph functions are highlighted on the dial by red details.

The patented perpetual calendar mechanism, crafted so that its displays integrate perfectly with the chronograph functions, is no less inventive. In particular, the high precision orbital moon phase, a showpiece of the dial design at 6 o’clock, is accurate to just a day’s deviation every 122 years.

L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono

The best guarantees of excellence

Testifying to its stature among the finest feats of Fine Watchmaking, the L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono timepiece is doubly certified as a “Chronometer” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) – denoting superior performance for accuracy and reliability under varied conditions – as well as by the Poinçon de Genève, synonymous with the highest levels of hand finishing and aesthetic quality throughout the wristwatch.

The movement, exhibiting a multitude of opulent hand finishes across its complex plates and bridges, is visible through the watch’s display case-back.

 

Traditional watchmaking, contemporary style

The elegant dial features a wide, twin-aperture instantaneous date display at 12 o’clock, with indications for the days of the week, the month, position in the leap year cycle and day/night display with a large orbital moon-phase at 6 o’clock.

This highly complex but perfectly legible dial is a work of art in itself. The slate grey surface, created via a galvanic treatment on an 18-carat gold base, is decorated with a sunburst guilloché pattern.

 

With its subtle decoration, pared-back hour-markers and palette of soft greys with sporty bursts of red for the chronograph indications, the L.U.C Perpetual Chrono in grade 5 titanium offers a contemporary take on Fine Watchmaking in keeping with its lightweight casing.

A grey strap in soft, nubuck calfskin further strengthens the sense of a Grand Complication watch that is understated and versatile, yet utterly distinct in its finesse and beauty.

 

25 years of excellence, innovation and tradition

In 2021, Chopard Manufacture is proud to mark the 25th anniversary of its creation in Fleurier. In 1996, when Swiss watchmaking was still emerging from the struggles of the quartz crisis, Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele committed to defending and restoring the crafts and techniques that had been passed down through generations of watchmakers. In the village of Fleurier, where watchmaking heritage goes back over 200 years, Chopard Manufacture would become a force for the finest techniques in traditional watchmaking, hand finishing and artistic crafts. At the same time, it has been able to innovate across the full range of modern watch production operations, from case-making to movement development, advanced metallurgy and component manufacture. In particular, it has put chronometry – the ultimate measure of horological excellence – at the heart of all its activities.

It is thanks to this thriving hub of unique skills, and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s vision of what a modern Fine Watchmaking Manufacture could be, that Chopard has been able to create timepieces that are truly valued by connoisseurs – gentlemen who recognise that passion and artistry will combine to create extraordinary masterpieces.

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Technical details

L.U.C Perpetual Chrono

Numbered 20-piece titanium limited edition

 

Case:

Grade 5 titanium

Total diameter                                                                      45 mm

Thickness                                                                             15.06 mm

Water resistance                                                                  30 metres

Titanium crown with L.U.C logo                                         8.50 mm

Titanium pushers

Vertical satin-brushed case middle

Polished bezel and case-back

Exhibition case-back

 

Movement:

Mechanical movement with manual winding                 L.U.C 03.10-L

Number of components                                                      452

Total diameter                                                                     33.00 mm

Thickness                                                                              8.32 mm

Number of jewels                                                                42

Frequency                                                                             28,800 vph (4 Hz)

Power reserve                                                                     approx. 60 hours

Perpetual calendar – patented mechanism

Integrated column-wheel chronograph

Patented return-to-zero device with pivoting hammers and elastic arm

Patented chronograph seconds hand return-to-zero system

Patented vertical clutch device

Nickel silver mainplate and bridges

Côtes de Genève motif adorning the bridges

Balance-spring with flat terminal curve

Chronometer-certified (COSC)

Poinçon de Genève

 

Dial and hands:

Black rhodium-toned and hand-guilloché solid gold dial, with beams radiating from the date – Snailed silver-toned inner bezel ring – Red and black transfers

Rhodium-plated hour-markers

Chronograph and perpetual calendar function counters obtained by black rhodium-based galvanic treatment and ruthenium-treated appliques

Snailed-finish day/night and leap-year counters obtained by black rhodium-based galvanic treatment

Rhodium-plated Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes

Rhodium-plated Dauphine-type hands for the small seconds as well as the day and month calendar indications

Rhodium-plated triangular-shaped hands for the day/night and leap-year calendar indications

Rhodium-plated red-tipped Dauphine-type hands for the chronograph hours and minutes counters

Baton-type red-tipped sweep-seconds hand

Minutes track with white and red details

 

Functions and displays:

Central display of the hours and minutes

Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Instantaneous large date at 12 o’clock

Days of the week displayed at 9 o’clock and months at 3 o’clock

Moon phases appearing in a rotating aperture at 6 o’clock

Off-centred day/night display at 10 o’clock and off-centred leap-year display at 2 o’clock

Vertical coupling-clutch chronograph with flyback function

12-hour counter at 9 o’clock

30-minute counter at 3 o’clock with semi-instantaneous minutes display

Stop-seconds function

 

Strap and clasp:

Hand-sewn grey nubuck calfskin strap with nubuck lining and tone-on-tone stitching

Folding clasp in grade 5 titanium

 

Ref. 168611-3001 – in grade 5 titanium fitted with a grey nubuck calfskin strap

Numbered 20-piece limited edition

 

 

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