Chopard

Mar 31, 2022,16:20 PM
 

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.

Thanks for reading,,


Regards



Antony


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Jealous

 
 By: Weems@8 : March 31st, 2022-17:04
Best Ant, they are jealous. For decades they are jealous, and called Chopard the clochards from Geneva. We know better and love the maison. The gong of the repeaters are sounding terrific. I watched WA who demonstrated the watches. A huge out of reach for... 

I agree with you

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:30
FB.... There might be something that is more to our taste in early autumn,,, nudge/nudge! ATB Antony

As KFS said

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:32
....'it is so much more difficult to make it almost counts as a complication. Regards Antony

Chopard is killing it lately...

 
 By: mdg : March 31st, 2022-18:25
...I've always loved the LUC line, but the new dials are really great.

+1

 
 By: Gwai : April 1st, 2022-07:11
Cheers Marc

Agreed

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:46
I think that a golden era has begun. ATB Antony

Amazing, gorgeous watches, thanks Ant....

 
 By: SALMANQ8 : March 31st, 2022-20:29
If you are a jeweler, you can't be a haute horologer, need to spin off LUC away from Chopard Happy Sport and Mille Miglia. S

KFS

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:49
Is proof that you can. I know that the brand snobs turn up their noses but with the new direction of much smaller batches... It is their loss. Regards Antony

Agree with this. There’s a lot of talk of value etc nowadays.

 
 By: ChetBaker : March 31st, 2022-21:01
I recently purchased a white gold LUC 1905 Quattro and I am just stunned by the workmanship on this piece. The word that best describes my feeling looking at it is “clarity”. The indices, dial and hands are razor sharp. Simply lovely. Held next to my Vach...  

That's sharp 👍

 
 By: TeutonicCarFan : March 31st, 2022-22:01

A really

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:52
Beautiful and lovely watch. Anyone with eyes can see that they are easily up to PP and VC. I'm pleases that you have such a great watch. ATB Antony

Here you go

 
 By: ant : April 4th, 2022-20:18
www.chrono24.co.uk

Germany

 
 By: ant : April 5th, 2022-23:07
www.chrono24.co.uk

No respect, Luc gets no respect.

 
 By: MSB : March 31st, 2022-22:06
no respect

Completely true

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:52

Have heard and seen nothing but good things from KFS

 
 By: takman : March 31st, 2022-22:17
I hope to meet him one day as well. What an honour and cherry on top of the cake while looking at those awesome watches!

He is an altogether

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:55
An exceptional human. Charming, down to earth, charismatic..... And super intelligent. Truly gifted! I hope that you do get to meet him. Regards Antony

KFS is indeed a gentleman!

 
 By: patrick_y : April 1st, 2022-01:57
The LUC pieces are definitely well appreciated here on WPS! Although, you're right! We do have even more to talk about!

We should be

 
 By: ant : April 2nd, 2022-11:56
Talking, appreciating and doing more to spread the word. ATB Antony

We used to be!

 
 By: patrick_y : April 2nd, 2022-12:51
We used to be. However, our former Chopard moderator, MTF, has unfortunately retired and nobody really took his place. I miss MTF and his great posts about Chopard very much!

It's sad

 
 By: ant : April 5th, 2022-16:29
that now Chopard is really getting into their stride that there isn't more on them. Sigh!! Kind regards Antony

Indeed!

 
 By: patrick_y : April 5th, 2022-16:32
Also, this year, is a hard year. With the COVID restrictions, it's difficult to get our usual moderator team into W&W. I myself usually attend in person. But this year I was only invited to attend virtually. It's not the same. And you don't see everything... 

What bothers me is that they replace the classic logo.

 
 By: Pour le Mérite : April 1st, 2022-04:55
The newer one looks so generic. Speaks nothing.

A wonderful

 
 By: ant : April 5th, 2022-16:34
classy and elegant design. If it were PP or VC there would be a waiting list. A crazy world. Kind regards Antony

The Saphire case is exceptional!

 
 By: rip9er : April 1st, 2022-10:51
That’s what I like about the smaller brands they are not afraid to take a risk and this one is a home run!

My observation

 
 By: ant : April 5th, 2022-16:36
is that KFS really likes a challenge and throwing down the gauntlet, so far many of his incredible masterpieces are unique in their concept and execution. Kind regards Antony

Chopard is HIGHLY underappreciated and undervalued Ant and this year's releases are no exception. I was with a small group of collectors at W&W and saw this pieces as well...

 
 By: holdemchamp1225 : April 15th, 2022-21:09
KFS was also with us and was gracious as usual. His parents were actually there as well so it was a cool moment since we took photos with them. I might have a little surprise in store so stay tuned 😉

Surprise? Is it Christmas?

 
 By: ant : April 18th, 2022-19:24
It wouldn't have the letters F and B in it perchance? Kind regards, Antony