The blend of titanium and ceramic infuses this reference, equipped for moving easily from one time zone to another, with a more up-to-the-minute yet forever refined personality.

chopard luc gmt one black lifestyleIn 2016, Chopard inaugurated a new chapter intended for travelers with its elegant L.U.C GMT One model, proposed back then in classical variations in steel and rose gold. This time round, the manufacture has innovated with a contemporary version center staging a host of gray nuances. Its dial as such comes into play with three different surfaces. The dark central, purely-decorative part features a vertical satin-brushed finish obtained using galvanic treatment. It’s encircled by a snailed hour chapter comprising indexes and three numerals. This element is, in turn, fringed by the light gray GMT function disc running from 6:30 to 18:30, which dresses in black in its other half. Three hands are highlighted in this graphical scenescape, the hour and minute duo complemented by the hand dedicated to the second time zone that’s easily-recognizable with its triangular white tip.

chopard luc gmt one black closeupThe L.U.C 01.10-L caliber, nestling inside the 42 mm-diameter ceramized titanium case delivers 60-hour autonomy to the watch. Just like all Chopard timepieces, this selfwinding movement’s timekeeping is COSC-certified. The semi-instantaneous date display and the time can be adjusted via the crown at 2 o’clock. The other crown at 4 o’clock is used to set the GMT function. The existence of a stop-seconds device ensures time is always set precisely.

chopard luc gmt one black casebackThe L.U.C GMT One Black, issued in just 250 pieces, is worn on a black rubber strap set off with a textile design, clasped by an ardillon buckle.

Price: CHF11,500 chopard.com

By Dan Diaconu