L.U.C XP ESPRIT DE FLEURIER PEONY
A BLACK AND WHITE BOUQUET
True to the traditions of the land of its birth, Chopard pays homage to its Swiss roots by creating a bouquet of stylised black and white peonies and highlighting two regional arts, paper-cutting, inspired by such techniques as poya, and Fleurier engraving.
For the past few years, Chopard has placed its romantic soul on the dial of its watches, an intense feeling shown in an artistically interpreted bouquet of peony flowers. The limited edition L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony is no exception to this exclusive rule since each of the eight precious pieces combines two craft techniques from the tradition of Switzerland, the brand’s birthplace: paper-cutting, inspired by poya techniques, and Fleurier engraving.
“Poya“ is the word used for taking the cows up to the mountain pastures and, by extension, to any depiction linked to this pastoral event, particularly since the early 19th century. Paper-cutting has been a part of this artistic tradition since the 1980s, generally using black paper and leaving only shades and outlines of the figures. The technique inspired the artisans at Chopard to draw the silhouette of peony flowers, a motif providing a strong contrast once placed against the golden dial coated with white “Grand Feu” enamel on the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony. To leave the beauty of this floral composition undisturbed, only the hours and minutes are shown, with the help of a couple of golden hands in “dauphine-fusée” style.
The transparent 35mm-wide case back is made of rose gold and is covered in diamonds, revealing the Fleurier engraving style used on the calibre L.U.C 96.23-L. This art, born in the town of Fleurier, Switzerland, where Chopard is based, helps create interlacing peony flowers in relief on the gilded movement. The calibre features the Twin technology – two superimposed barrels helping to provide 65 hours of power reserve – and a micro-rotor.
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By Sharmila Bertin
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