L.U.C HERITAGE GRAND CRU
INTERPLAY OF CONTRASTS
Dressed in black and white, and adorned with a row of baguette diamonds, the “form” watch designed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, has everything to win over men – and women!
“Form” watches have an instant impact – and you either fall in love at once or you move on to a “democratic” timepiece. Whatever the case, they produce an instantaneous reaction. The L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru stands out in the Chopard collections through its shape, midway between the round and the rectangular. It owes its existence to one man, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the brand’s co-president. A lover of good wines, he designed the watch like a grand cru, “bottled” in a barrel-shaped case. The movement is certified as a chronometer by the COSC, and the Geneva Seal makes it even more precious.
While the pink-gold model from 2017 made a big impression, the version presented at Baselworld in March is truly breathtaking. The contrast between the deep black and the immaculate white, between the brilliance of the lacquer and the dazzling diamonds, is truly striking. It will be love at first sight!
The black-lacquered dial hosts an hour rim made up of white Roman numerals with their bases set on a chemin de fer minute scale. In the centre, two silvered dauphine-style “fusée” (rocket-shaped) hands display the hours and minutes. The seconds are offset in a blue sub-dial at 6 o’clock, just above the the date counter.
The curves of the white-gold case, measuring 38.5×38.8mm, are highlighted by a bezel set with 40 baguette diamonds with a total of 3.05 carats. While the angular shape of the gem has often been reserved for men’s wrists, the dimensions of the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru mean it can be worn by both men and women. The sapphire caseback on this bejewelled display reveals an automatic movement, the calibre L.U.C 97.01-L, running at 28,800 vibrations an hour and equipped with the Twin (double barrel) technology, providing a power reserve of 65 hours.
Price: 41,500 CHF chopard.com
By Sharmila Bertin
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