6 June 2016
It is one of those models that denote class, good taste and the culture of fine watchmaking: Chopard’s L.U.C XPS 1860 is a watch of timeless elegance. Created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the collection of the same name, it is inspired by the first watch in the series, brought out in 1996 (and which took its name from the year of the manufacture’s foundation and the initials of its founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard): the L.U.C 1860, now produced in an ultra-thin version. The case in rose gold—polished on the bezel and on the lugs, satin-brushed on the middle—has a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 7.2 mm. Its dial is in silver-toned gold, decorated at the center with a guilloché motif. The self-winding mechanical movement, constructed in-house, has an extremely slender structure (just 3.3 mm), made possible in part by the off-center gold micro-rotor, but it also has a power reserve of almost 3 days (65 hours to be precise, guaranteed by the exclusive double-barrel Twin technology), and displays the seconds and the date at 6 o’clock. The accuracy of the caliber is attested by the official chronometer certificate issued by the COSC, while the watch bears the Geneva Seal, an old and prestigious guarantee of handcrafted quality and finish, origin and durability. Produced in a series of 250 pieces, it is accompanied by an unlimited edition in steel: differing in a few small (but not substantial) technical details that reduce its costs, this version is accessible to a broader section of the public.