Pre-Basel 2010 : L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon

Feb 28, 2010,21:08 PM

It has distinctive character, undeniable power and represents a deliberate break with traditional watch design principles. This mechanical marvel is powered by an exceptional “motor”, proprietary L.U.C Calibre 1TRM.  Machined like an engine block and mounted on silent-blocks, this mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement was designed, developed and produced at Chopard Manufacture. Like the most coveted sports cars, the titanium L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon is naturally issued in a limited edition.

L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon

For lovers of beautiful engineering



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.




Technical Details




·         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





This message has been edited by Kong on 2010-02-28 21:09:09

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A big departure for Chopard!

 By: tony p : March 1st, 2010-07:27
This watch looks like a lot of fun. Some design cues are vaguely reminiscent of Richard Mille, although not to an extent where one might level any accusations of plagiarism. The dial design is one of the most overt references to automobile engineering I'v... 


 By: VMM : March 1st, 2010-08:51
Stunning watch. I really like it. Beautiful movement. Thanks for the info. Vte

Overall a very impressive watch

 By: Tegis : March 2nd, 2010-06:38
But the red 60 sec marker etched on the middle of the crystal doesnt look very good to me. But in evrey other aspect its an awesome piece.

Chopard must have been reading my mind....

 By: BluNotte : March 2nd, 2010-07:16
And saved the best for me! Now this piece is indeed tempting me VERY VERY much! And i hope to be able to see it in the metal, hopefully at the event in April, and then maybe pull on it! But alas the wallet.... Stephen

Initial ....

 By: Kong : March 2nd, 2010-10:16
price, after you heard it is irresistible! Wait till they finalised the price after Basel Kong

Woa, now my heart's beginning to thump!

 By: BluNotte : March 2nd, 2010-14:41
Even more! I shall wait for Basel! Thanks Kong! Stephen


 By: Stefan : March 2nd, 2010-07:41
glad to see LUC catching up great and modern design. stefan

Very different watch by Chopard.

 By: ling5hk : March 2nd, 2010-15:22
Kond, what is TRM? Luckily, it is not RTM. Regards Ling

It was subtly mentioned in the press release ...

 By: Kong : March 7th, 2010-09:05
" ...arries 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." T : Tourbillon R : Reserve M : Marche Kong

very nice

 By: Tony A.H : March 2nd, 2010-16:06
i like the Case Shape and the un-usual Dial. thanks for the report Tony