Watches: Chopard L.U.C 1963 Chronograph
By Thierry Ané on September 22, 2014
The year 1963 is an important milestone in Chopard’s history: it is indeed the time when Paul-André Chopard, the grandson of the founder, sold the brand to the Scheufele family who has strived ever since to place the brand at the forefront of High Jewellery and Haute Horlogerie.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this event, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, in charge of the watchmaking part of this renowned Maison, has recently introduced the L.U.C 1963 Anniversary Chronometer, a magnificent 44 mm chronometer-certified model limited to 50 pieces bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.
To accompany the release of this time-only wristwatch with a small seconds indication on its white lacquered dial, Chopard is proud to unveil the L.U.C 1963 Chronograph, yet another outstanding expression of Fine Watchmaking with the classic elegance and technical sophistication that define the brand’s creations.
The new watch features a perfectly versatile 42 mm case is rose gold with cambered sides and a brushed finish that perfectly complement the polished and slender rounded bezel and the elongated lugs with alternating finish. Retro-looking chronograph push-pieces and a ribbed crown bearing the founder’s initials (L.U.C for Louis-Ulysse Chopard) are the refined finishing touches to this delightfully vintage looking case.
The silver dial with sunburst motif is faithful to the brand’s classic and refined style: curved Roman numerals follow the railway-style minute track, rose gold dauphine hands are used for the hours, minutes and small seconds indications while sportier red are used on the two chronograph registers and for the central seconds. The date window is traditionally placed at 4 o’clock. This elegant timekeeper is mounted on a hand-sewn brown alligator strap lined with cognac-toned alligator leather. This precious strap is secured by a rose gold pin buckle.
The real show, however, is on the back of the watch. There, a sapphire crystal allows you to admire the manually-wound L.U.C 03.07-L calibre and its superlative finish. The view, I must say, is quite breathtaking. I really love the contrast that this two-tone treatment gives to the movement: steel-coloured bridges, yokes, levers, and column wheel stand out clearly against the gold-toned background. I also love that the perfectly bevelled and polished edges of the bridges are also gold-coloured. The variety of surface treatments is quite impressive: circular graining for the base, straight graining on the chronograph parts, along with Côtes de Genève decorations on the bridges fashioned in nickel silver.
The L.U.C 1963 Chronograph truly deserves to bear the Poinçoin de Genève and the fact that it is also COSC-certified proves that the brand excels on both aesthetic and technical grounds. Just like the L.U.C 1963 Anniversary Chronometer, this beautiful model will only be produced in a limited run of just 50 watches. These two watches are a truly impressive way of celebrating the good work that this family has done with the Chopard brand over the past half century.
For more information please visit the Chopard web site.