The allegorical portrayal of death and time flying by unveils a novel, mischievous face which adorns this one-of-a-kind, expressive edition.

The calavera, iconic to the Day of the Dead in Mexican culture, is a symbol which has become extremely hype and decorates a host of timepieces. The latest creation to date is a Chopard-signed watch, L.U.C. Skull One. This 100-piece limited series center stages a highly-graphical depiction of an impish skull on a black-lacquered dial. The rather more classical dauphine-style hour and minute hands as well as the indexes and Arabic numerals, 3, 6, 9, 12, which are all gilded, exalt this festive finery. The ensemble nestles in a 40 mm-diameter microbead-blasted DLC steel case which delights with its slimline 7.20 mm thickness.

chopard luc skull one dial closeupThe case retains contained dimensions thanks to the use of the L.U.C 96.53L caliber boasting 172 components. This movement stands out with its compact design: 27.4 mm diameter and 3.30 mm high. This self-winding movement’s small volume doesn’t prevent it from being a high performer and offering a power reserve of some 58 hours. This comfortable autonomy is possible thanks to two barrels and a micro-rotor fashioned in tungsten alloy. The presence of a darkened sapphire-crystal on the caseback moreover invites to admire the Côtes de Genève-decorated bridges.

chopard luc skull one craftmanTo wear it on any occasion, including during the Dia de los Muertos, this L.U.C Skull One wraps around the wrist with an elegant brown calfskin strap clasped by an ardillon buckle.

Price: CHF9,780 chopard.com

By Dan Diaconu