Watches: Chopard L.U.C Quattro 2015 (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 9, 2015
As journalists trying to report on the Watch Industry, we often struggle during the summer months when the manufactures are closed for the “vacances horlogères” to come up with something interesting to discuss. The busy weeks following SIHH or Baselworld represent a different kind of challenge: there are literally hundreds of new models to showcase and our main task is to prioritise!
Which watch should we discuss first and which models can wait before being put under the microscope? Faced with these difficult decisions, and very much like most of my colleagues, I am often tempted to write down my thoughts on the latest media coup, the so-called “talking pieces” of the exhibition. In a nutshell, the oddities that will spill a lot of ink but not necessarily generate a lot of sales…
Sometimes, though, it is nice to take a step back, gain some perspective, and discuss a pure piece of Fine Watchmaking. What I mean by that is a model providing the usual time and/or calendar-related indications that has been crafted with the utmost respect for traditional watchmaking. A watch that stands out by its exceptional chronometric performances and flawless craftsmanship: a watch just like the new “L.U.C Quattro” from Chopard!
This exceptional timepiece is of course not new and watch connoisseurs will undoubtedly remember that the L.U.C 98-01.L calibre at its heart represented a world’s first at the time of its launch in 2005 for its patented four-barrel system. It was back in 2012 that the most recent rose gold or white gold versions of the legendary “L.U.C Quattro” were presented. This year, though, Chopard entirely revamped this prestigious model to make it even more desirable and ready to stand the test of time as one of the most cherished timepieces in your collection.
The brand unveiled a fully redesigned rose gold interpretation and also introduced this model in platinum for the very first time. Aesthetically, both timekeepers share the same traits. Their perfectly proportioned 43 mm case, with a thickness of 8.87 mm, plays on alternating polished and satin-brushed zones to create subtle contrasts and light effects. The beauty of the mirror-polished slightly convex bezel is further enhanced by the gently brushed case bands and contemporary lugs.
On both versions, the multi-level dial showcases a stunning sunburst finish, a discreet minute track and gilt or rhodium applied Roman numerals together with facetted Dauphine hands filled with luminescent material in their centre. The rose gold model boasts a warm brown dial in perfect harmony with the colour of the gold and the dark brown of its hand-sewn alligator strap. As is often the case to enhance the unique hue of platinum, Chopard opted for a blue palette for the second model. The stunning blue-grey colour of the dial and navy blue shade of the alligator strap are nothing ordinary, though, and we have been told that these refined colours will now be those commonly associated with platinum for this brand.
The sapphire crystal on the back reveals the astonishing beauty of the L.U.C 98-01.L calibre. Equipped with four series-coupled barrels, not only does this manually-wound movement provide nine days of operating autonomy, but it also ensures a constant regularity of rate and meets all the requirements for certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Its bridges elegantly decorated with “Côtes de Genève” also bear the Hallmark of Geneva and aficionados of fine horological mechanisms will undoubtedly appreciate the flawless finishing.
Everything up to the layout of the different functions on the dial showcases refinement and harmony: the central hours and minutes are perfectly legible and the rest of the indications are symmetrically placed at 12 o’clock for the power reserve and 6 o’clock for the date and small seconds. In rose gold or platinum, the L.U.C Quattro is the ticking illustration of horology at its best: an innovative movement conceived with chronometric performances in mind that also showcases the uncompromising decorations housed in a classic and refined case with a timeless yet original dial design.
For more information please visit the Chopard web site.