The new Chopard L.U.C 1963 is a watch with a clear vocation: to provide the clearest and most accurate display of time.
Equipped with a pocket-watch movement occupying the entire 44 mm diameter of the timepiece, it is a direct descendant of the chronometers that Chopard was still producing in 1963, the year the Scheufele family acquired the Geneva-based company.
The sides of the rose gold case are cambered and brushed, while the slender rounded bezel is polished. Total thickness is 11.50 mm.
The porcelain-style white dial features a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and dauphine hands. The black Roman numerals and a rail track minute circle are direct references to the golden era of chronometers.
The mechanical hand-wound L.U.C 63.01-L movement is a smaller version of L.U.C Calibre 06.01-L that was developed in partnership with the Geneva Watchmaking School and presented in 2010 to mark Chopard’s 150th anniversary. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph, it offers a power reserve: 60 hours.
The bridges are made of nickel silver, a hard metal that it is difficult to work with but highly effective in technical terms. The ample curve of the swan’s-neck index-assembly enables fine and firm adjustment of the watch’s rating.
The L.U.C 1963 is COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute) certified and carries the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark.
This new Chopard timepiece will be available in two limited editions of 50 pieces each: reference 161963-5001 in rose gold and reference 161963-9001 in platinum.