In celebration of the twenty fifth anniversary of the L.U.C assortment, Chopard is presenting a top-notch minute repeater. Restricted to 5 items, the grand complication is phenomenal in lots of respects and marks a lot of firsts on this planet of high-end watches.
Initially, the haute-horlogerie timepiece makes its look in a case made fully of sapphire crystal. Not solely the physique, but additionally the crown, the case again, the lugs, and the dial of the L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire are crafted from this very laborious, scratch-resistant and sturdy materials, which, as a result of its transparency, reveals off the fantastic thing about the underlying mechanism from all sides. Furthermore, the uniformity of the mineral positively impacts the sound high quality.
Moreover, the L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire is the primary wristwatch in a non-metallic case to be awarded the distinguished Geneva Seal. On high of that, the hand-wound L.U.C 08.01-L caliber, which mixes at least 533 parts and provides an influence reserve of 60 hours, additionally bears a COSC-chronometer certificates.
As within the L.U.C Full Strike offered in 2016 and awarded with the Aiguille d’Or of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève one yr later, the minute repeater makes use of stable sapphire gongs and a sapphire crystal as a resonance physique. This resonance construction is complemented within the L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire by additional improvements, of which 4 are patented. In a minute repeater mechanism, the vitality required by the strikework is supplied every time the winding lever is activated. Right here, the vitality comes from a separate, devoted barrel wound immediately by the crown.
It allows the L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire to chime essentially the most advanced and energy-intensive time of day (or evening) – specifically 12 hours and 59 minutes – as much as 12 instances. This distinctive autonomy is because of a number of components. It advantages from the contribution of a patented clutch-lever mechanism that ensures that the strikework going prepare is blocked to keep away from dropping energy reserve in the course of the info seize that controls the minute repeater.
This autonomy can also be the results of Chopard Manufacture’s expertise in using a number of barrels. The founding motion of the L.U.C assortment – L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L, launched 25 years in the past – already featured the Chopard Twin expertise, whose two superimposed barrels ship long-lasting and dependable power supply. For it has an autonomous vitality supply, the strikework systematically respects the outlined rhythm, regardless of the time that’s chimed and nevertheless many instances it chimes.
Eager to protect the user-friendliness of the minute repeater and to make its operation as safe as potential, the Chopard Manufacture has developped a lot of revolutionary methods. For instance, if the barrel not has adequate power to energy the minute repeater, a security mechanism blocks its launch. As well as, Chopard has filed a patent for a brand new strikework-activation system. As quickly as it’s activated, the pusher is disengaged, thereby making it not possible to disturb the operating of the minute repeater or to wreck it.
With the intention to excellent the sound high quality of the sapphire crystal mainspring, Chopard’s Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele labored along with the well-known French artist brothers Renaud Capuçon (violinist) and Gautier Capuçon (cellist), in addition to Professor Romain Boulandet, head of the Utilized Acoustics Laboratory at Geneva’s HEPIA engineering college. Their assessments, carried out in an anechoic chamber completely remoted from any exterior noise, proved that the sound of the minute repetition is pure, highly effective, harmonious and crystal clear.
Although the internal workings of the L.U.C Full Strike Sapphire are the star of the present, the dial additionally deserves consideration. Likewise crafted from sapphire, it highlights the top-notch ending high quality of the skeletonized motion. The peripheral railway-type minutes observe in black is complemented by a chapter ring with rhodium-plated utilized hour-markers. At 3 o’clock, Chopard built-in a concentric power-reserve indicator by which two arms point out the remaining vitality of the motion and the strikework respectively.
The 42.5mm diameter case is 11.55mm thick, with well-balanced proportions an identical to earlier variations of the L.U.C Full Strike. Pricing is marked at CHF 450,000, or about $482,000 when transformed to USD.
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