You know? I am biffledinked why there isn't more on Chopard LUC. Their designs are really interesting whilst their quality is equal to the highest available. Considering that their relative pricing is very reasonable.
I rocked up to their stand and almost immediately bumped into KFS (Aiyah!! What a charmer!), we had a pleasant chat. He has that extraordinary gift of making you feel that you are the most important person in the room (which I am most definately not!). He seemed pumped about the latest designs and said that he would join my viewing later. I didn't think he'd actually come because the stand was buzzing with important people, but it had been an honour to talk to him anyway.
Top honours must go to the incredible Full Strike sapphire.
The whole thing is machined from sapphire: the case (!!!!), winder, plates, chiming gongs, etc. A technical tour-du-force. A demonstration of their depth of design and manufacturing skill. At the very bleeding cutting edge
of watch making.
Then, my personal favourite, the Jumping Hour, Grand Feu enamel dial, flawless execution. Perfect on my wrist.
Their interesting new design direction: restraint, class and elegance. Although my crappy pics don't show it, the chapter rings 'float' above the dial. A mesmerizing effect.
It was at roughly this point that KFS joined us. I said that I adored the whole new range and the subtle detailing. We were looking at the new Strike1.
The gongs are now of sapphire and have a beautiful resonant sound, even an old geezer like me could appreciate it.
He got quite enamoured talking about the on button pusher in the crown. Looking at it you can see why, a lovely piece of design and engineering.
Then we moved on to the 1860 series with flying tourbillon and ultra-slim movements. The subtle olive green, mediterranean blue and deep brown. What elegant beautiful watches they are.
Then we chatted for about ten minutes and, of course, he went to speak to sales prospects.
I came out of their stand feeling delighted at what I had see,,, but completely bewildered by the lack of love that they receive from world of watch aficianados at large.
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