To celebrate Chopard's 150th anniversary as well as the decades of passion it has shared with the world of motor sports, the Geneva-based brand is introducing this new L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon model combining the finest elements of the two forms of mechanical expression. From its strong lines to the most subtle details, everything about this powerful timepiece honours the automobile spirit also admirably accentuated by a fine watch movement machined like an engine block.
This L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon model houses a proprietary mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement, L.U.C Calibre 1TRM. In much the same way as a car engine, this movement is mounted on silent blocks – that absorb shocks – and held by three lever arms inserted into the case middle. This L.U.C Calibre 1TRM designed, developed and produced by Chopard Manufacture beats at a cadence of 28,800 vibrations per hour and boasts a 60-hour power reserve. Chronometer-certified by the COSC, a sure token of reliability and precision, this tourbillon movement drives displays of the hours, minutes, seconds and the power reserve.
In keeping with automobile traditions, the reamed engine block bears the Chopard signature; while a circular segment directly fixed to the upper face of the movement carries the power-reserve display at 12 o'clock positioned opposite the tourbillon bridge at 6 o'clock featuring a design that is a first for Chopard.
Representing a magnificent mechanical feat of engineering, the L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon is distinguished not only by its high-end motorisation, but also by its bodywork that endows it with an inimitably sophisticated style. The titanium case is water-resistant to 50 metres and features alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes; it also carries slightly curved applied lugs that enhance the overall dynamic effect. Streamlined like car wings, these lugs ensure excellent wearer comfort and a perfect fit on the wrist for the opulent 35.4 x 44.4 mm case.
The dial is also inspired by the automobile world and plays on the theme of transparency. The new Arabic numerals characteristic of the L.U.C collection and the hour-markers are engraved and black-tinted beneath the glare-resistant sapphire crystal.
The hand-sewn black alligator leather strap setting the perfect finishing touch to this model is enhanced by four reinforced inserts evoking the seats of classic racing cars.
Vividly embodying the strong ties between the automobile world and that of fine watchmaking, the L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon in titanium is produced in a limited series of 150, in honour of Chopard's 150th anniversary.
· Brushed/polished titanium case
· Length 44.40 mm
· Width 35.40 mm
· Thickness 10.90 mm
· Water-resistant to 50 metres
· Titanium crown with L.U.C logo 7.00 mm
· Engraved glare-resistant sapphire crystal front and back
· Exhibition back secured with screws
· Hand-wound tourbillon movement L.U.C 1TRM
· Total diameter 34.00 X 25.90 mm
· Thickness 5.60 mm
· Number of jewels 29
· Frequency 28,800 vph
· 1 barrel
· Power reserve 60 hours
· Chronometer certified (COSC)
Dial and hands:
· Arabic numerals engraved and black tinted under the sapphire crystal
· Dauphine fusée-type hour and minute hands
· Counter-type small seconds hand
Functions and displays:
· Central hour and minute hands
· Small seconds at 6 o'clock
· Power-reserve display at 12 o'clock
Strap and buckle
· Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap with gadroons
· Titanium pin buckle
Ref. 168526-3001 Limited edition : 150