L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

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L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

The L.U.C Haute Horlogerie collection has been enriched with a new technical prodigy, as this L.U.C Full Strike model adds a tourbillon with a sapphire bridge to the monobloc sapphire minute repeater inherent to the L.U.C Full Strike series. This 42.5 mm timepiece in ethical 18-carat rose gold is equipped with the new chronometer-certified L.U.C 08.02-L movement. The extremely accomplished level of finishing, both on the movement and the case, has earned it the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. Its dial, in ruthenium grey-coloured hand-guilloché rose gold, opens to reveal the two complications that make this 20-piece limited edition so sophisticated. Endorsed by virtuoso brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, its acoustic richness achieves an exceptional level of quality, while perfect homogeneity makes it an unparalleled timepiece combining a stunning conceptual challenge with supremely accomplished execution.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its creation, the L.U.C collection is welcoming a new flagship. The L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon model takes its place among the most sophisticated and most innovative Grand Complication watches ever created to date. It follows in the footsteps of Chopard‘s L.U.C Full Strike minute repeater timepieces, of which the first ethical rose gold edition was awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” best-in-show award at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. These timepieces feature a unique Chopard-patented system in which the gongs and sapphire crystal form a single entity, which resonates in its entirety to produce the chime.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

At 42.5 mm in diameter and 12.58 mm thick, the L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon is distinguished by well-balanced proportions contributing to the characteristic elegance of the L.U.C collection. With its interplay of grey and gold colours between the case and strap, dial and hands, as well as between the movement’s steel and nickel silver components, this watch flaunts its aesthetic perfection at every level.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

Fascinating dial openings

For the first time in the history of the Full Strike, the L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon model has an almost entirely solid dial. Instead of broadly revealing the watch’s internal mechanisms, it reserves its openings for the two horological complications that make this piece so special. The first cut-out between 9 and 11 o’clock, highlights the two mirror-polished steel hammers whose striking generates the chime. The other, at 6 o’clock, reveals the tourbillon of the L.U.C 08.02-L calibre. Thanks to a cross-through sapphire crystal tourbillon bridge, nothing obscures the view of the spiral-shaped carriage bridge. The final touch, made possible by the use of sapphire with its multiple properties, lies in the four rounded notches. This L.U.C signature tourbillon bridge is derived from a design by the founder of the Maison, Louis-Ulysse Chopard.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

The dial is made from a base plate in solid gold and this material remains visible along the openings, featuring mirror-polished edges. It also features a hand-guilloché radiating floral pattern belonging to the collection’s aesthetic repertoire that is then ruthenium grey-coloured by means of a galvanic treatment. It is complemented by applied Roman numeral hour-markers and hands, all of which are gilded in a rose gold matching the case. The latter, like all Chopard‘s watch and jewellery creations since 2018, is crafted from ethical gold.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

Two majestic complications

Chopard Manufacture watchmakers have placed the tourbillon of the L.U.C 08.02-L calibre at 6 o’clock, beneath the seconds hand. Its high-quality steel carriage picks up the distinctive spiral design – a signature of L.U.C tourbillons. This regulator further enhances the precision of the movement, a subject to which Chopard’s Co-President, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, takes a resolutely uncompromising approach. It combats the adverse effects of gravity on the balance-spring and escapement by placing them in a variety of spatial positions. The tourbillon placed on the Chopard Manufacture minute repeater mechanism thereby contributes to the extreme precision of L.U.C Calibre 08.02-L as well as to the obtention of chronometer certification from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

The L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon is not a mere modification of the L.U.C Full Strike. Moving from a calibre comprising 533 components to one with 568 is not an addition, but a revolution. The decision to include a tourbillon regulator required a complete development process that involved rethinking interactions and layouts. With such a delicate complication subject to as many parameters as the minute repeater, the Chopard Manufacture workshops had to ensure that this tourbillon would not in any way modify the acoustic qualities of the chime. This equilibrium is preserved by the sapphire gongs that are all-of-a-piece with the watch glass, which acts as a resonator. Moreover, the fact that the minute repeater has its own barrel naturally eliminates any energy-related interference, while the presence of the tourbillon does not alter the striking reserve.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

L.U.C Calibre 08.02-L inherits the unprecedented advances featured in the L.U.C 08.01-L: the first minute repeater movement introduced by Chopard Manufacture in 2016. In addition to its resonant structure, whose role is taken on by the sapphire crystal, several innovative technical systems have been added. It also benefits from the innovations introduced in L.U.C Calibre 02.01-L in 2003. A total of seven are the subject of patents. In a minute repeater mechanism, the energy used by the strikework is provided each time the arming lever is activated. Here, the energy comes from a separate, dedicated barrel wound directly by the crown. It enables the L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon to chime a maximum of 12 times the most complex and energy-intensive time: namely 12 hours and 59 minutes. This exceptional power reserve is due to several factors. Benefiting from a patented clutch-lever device, it ensures that the strikework gear train is blocked to avoid losing power reserve during the information capture that controls the minute repeater.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

Keen to preserve the user-friendliness of the minute repeater and to make its operation as secure as possible, Chopard Manufacture has introduced a number of innovative systems. Thus, if the barrel no longer has sufficient force to power the minute repeater, a safety mechanism blocks its release. In addition, Chopard has filed a patent for a new strikework-activation device. As soon as it is activated, the pusher is disengaged, thereby making it impossible to disturb the running of the minute repeater or to damage it.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

Orchestrated talents

So as to optimise and perpetuate the acoustic richness of the monobloc sapphire crystal/gong system derived from the L.U.C Full Strike, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has initiated a new approach. In 2018, while attending a concert given by violinist Renaud Capuçon, he realised that a minute repeater watch should be designed as a musical instrument and should deliver something more – namely emotion.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

Renaud Capuçon is a virtuoso of his time as well as a specialist in acoustics and sound – just like his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon. Both play instruments that are several hundred years old and which embody a perfection and uniqueness that have stood the test of time. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele decided to call upon the two soloists to join forces with Professor Romain Boulandet – head of the Applied Acoustics Laboratory at Geneva’s HEPIA engineering school – whose work in an anechoic chamber perfectly isolated from noise pollution has demonstrated that the sound of Chopard‘s minute repeater is powerful, harmonious and crystal clear.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

Together, these experts have combined their skill and knowledge to conduct an analysis that goes beyond the purely measurable criteria of acoustics to enter another dimension: that of sound as perceived by the listener. The L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon timepiece benefits from their analysis and their contribution, both scientific and emotional. Thanks to Chopard‘s unalterable sapphire gongs, the sound of the L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon is unchanging, stemming from the orchestration of complementary talents: Karl-Friedrich Scheufele for watchmaking precision; Renaud and Gautier Capuçon for artistic and emotional endorsement; and Romain Boulandet for scientific expertise.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

A blend of heritage and modernity: 25 years of the L.U.C collection

Since 1996, Chopard Manufacture has been reflecting the inspired vision of the Maison’s Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Twenty-five years after presenting its first movement, the Manufacture has acquired a degree of maturity enabling it to provide a range encompassing the entire spectrum of horological complications – all in-house crafted through an alliance of tradition and innovation.

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

From movement development to adjustment and quality control, along with finished product design, gold casting, the stamping and machining of cases as well as movement components, engraving and traditional hand-crafted finishes, gemsetting, surface treatments, polishing and assembly: its workshops in Geneva and Fleurier enable Chopard to master the entire production process involved in each creation composing the L.U.C collection. The work of experienced artisans, these timepieces with their simple and pure design express a high degree of mechanical sophistication. 

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  • L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon
  • L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon

L.U.C Full Strike Tourbillon Technical Specifications

Ref. 161987-5001in ethical 18-carat rose gold with a grey alligator leather strap / Numbered 20-piece limited edition


  • Ethical 18-carat rose gold
  • Total diameter: 42.5 mm
  • Thickness: 12.58 mm
  • Crown with integrated strikework pusher
  • in ethical 18-carat rose gold with L.U.C logo: 8.80 mm
  • Vertical satin-brushed caseband
  • Polished bezel and case-back, hand-engraved case-back
  • Exhibition back with sapphire crystal


  • Mechanical hand-wound L.U.C 08.02-L
  • Number of components: 568
  • Total diameter: 37.20 mm
  • Thickness: 8.90 mm
  • Number of jewels: 61
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 50 hours
  • Mainplate and bridges in untreated nickel silver
  • Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
  • Chopard-patented one-minute tourbillon regulator equipped with a Chopard-patented monobloc pallet-lever
  • Minute repeater
  • Chopard-patented monobloc sapphire crystal and gongs
  • Chopard-patented variable-inertia balance
  • Chopard-patented clutch-lever device serving to block the strikework so as to avoid losing power reserve during information capture
  • Chopard-patented dedicated ratchet-driving mechanism serving to avoid pauses during chiming
  • Strikework-activation device serving to act on the pusher whether while it is chiming or not, in normal, low, continuous or fast mode (Patent pending)
  • Balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve
  • Chronometer-certified by the COSC
  • Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark

Dial and hands:

  • Dial in ruthenium grey hand-guilloché 18-carat rose gold
  • Chapter ring with snailed concentric circle pattern
  • Applied gilded Roman numerals
  • White transferred power-reserve graduations
  • Gilded Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands
  • Gilded baton-type small seconds hand
  • Gilded baton-type power-reserve and strikework power-reserve hands
  • Railway-type minutes track engraved on the sapphire crystal
  • Tourbillon bridge in glare-proofed sapphire crystal


  • Minute repeater striking sapphire gongs (Chopard-patented system)
  • Tourbillon with small seconds display at 6 o’clock
  • Central display of the hours and minutes
  • Concentric display of the watch and strikework power reserves at 2 o’clock
  • Stop-seconds function

Strap and clasp:

  • Strap in hand-sewn grey alligator leather with grey alligator lining
  • Folding clasp in polished and satin-brushed ethical 18-carat rose gold

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