Elementary without being basic, devoid of artifice and yet brimming with contrasts, the L.U.C XP timepiece embodies the purity of design that characterises the L.U.C collection. Its natural, casual elegance lies in the details. The texture of its dial, the virgin wool of its strap, the brilliance of its hour-markers, along with its slender shape, all reflect the tradition of Savile Row tailors. For the contemporary gentleman, Chopard L.U.C XP is like a blue cashmere flannel suit, worn with a Sea Island cotton shirt and an Ancient Madder tie: a modern classic for men of taste.
Two hands, no seconds, no date, just the essentials. L.U.C XP is the quintessence of Chopard Haute Horlogerie. Attired in steel and enhanced by a satin blue dial with rose gold accents, this ultra-thin, ultra-chic timepiece is much more sophisticated than one might think at first glance.
L.U.C watchmaking is the sum of details, all of which must be perfectly thought out and executed, without the work involved being felt. This is how the natural elegance of the L.U.C XP is expressed, and this timepiece takes its place on the wrist as if it had been made to measure. An extension of the Savile Row spirit that underlies L.U.C creations, the search for perfect proportions and a perfect fit are conveyed through the lines of the L.U.C XP steel case. With its 40 mm frame, it suits all wrist sizes. At only 7.2 mm thick, it is an ideal match for every well-dressed man’s wardrobe: a cotton poplin or linen shirt, whether lightweight or 8-thread knit, as well as short or long-sleeved polo shirt.
The L.U.C XP also expresses itself through its assertive character. There is something nonchalant about this intense blue dial, whose depth is enhanced by the texture of its surface. Deeply satin-brushed, it adopts a modern matt finish, while the applied hour-markers, two hands and Arabic numerals shine with a delightfully warm glow. Thus, apparently stripped-down yet endowed with a wealth of substance, the L.U.C XP dial delights the eye, like a semi-plain fabric, a miniature houndstooth motif, a tone-on-tone Prince of Wales check.
The L.U.C XP comes fitted with a merino wool strap, made from a breed of sheep renowned for the finesse of the yarn it produces. In addition, a cognac alligator leather strap with brown alligator lining is included. Dyed in deep blue, the braided fabric is a natural follow-on from the blue cashmere strap launched in 2017 on a previous L.U.C XP model and the embossed leather one introduced in 2018 with the L.U.C Quattro.
With the L.U.C XP, Chopard has created a rare watch, without making it a limited edition. The necessarily modern quantities of L.U.C collections are dictated by the rhythm of their introduction, as well as the care lavished on crafting them. This natural exclusivity, free of any deliberate effects or artifice, is rooted in the philosophy of Chopard Haute Horlogerie and its artisan-driven approach.
L.U.C XP is equipped with an ultra-thin L.U.C Calibre 96.53-L, a movement finished in accordance with the high standards upheld by Chopard Manufacture. Its automatic winding is carried out by an engraved tungsten micro-rotor, the substantial weight of which optimises the winding power. It feeds two superposed barrels, based on Chopard‘s patented Twin architecture. Together, they guarantee the L.U.C XP a generous 58 hours of autonomy.
Chopard’s in-house approach to watch manufacturing
Chopard is a family Maison with a strongly ingrained philosophy of independence. The steps involved in making L.U.C watches are all performed at the Maison’s Geneva and Fleurier production sites. Movement development, finished product design, gold smelting, case stamping and machining, calibre components, traditional hand-crafted finishes, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, adjustments and quality controls: Chopard masters the full range of watch production operations and applies them to each and every L.U.C watch. These exceptional timepieces stemming from meticulous workmanship meet the aspirations of the modern-day gentleman. They speak to him without artifice or pretention, through a subtle blend of artisanal expertise, distinction and emotions
Chopard L.U.C XP Technical Specifications
Ref. 168592-3002 – in stainless steel
Functions and displays:
- Central display of the hours and minutes
- Self-winding movement L.U.C 96.53-L
- Number of components 172
- Total diameter 27.4 mm
- Thickness 3.30 mm
- Number of jewels 27
- Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve 58 hours
- Two barrels –Twin® technology
- Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
- Black engravings
Dial and hands:
- Navy blue dial, vertical satin-brushed finishes
- Applied rose gold-plated numerals and hour-markers
- Applied rose gold-plated Dauphine-fusée hands
Strap and buckle:
- Stainless steel pin buckle
- Blue merino wool strap with brown alligator leather lining, hand-sewn
- Second strap included, in cognac-coloured alligator leather with brown alligator leather lining, hand-sewn