New to me Rare Chopard!

Aug 16, 2022,19:37 PM

Just picked this beauty up. One of 25. Info online is sparse, but what I do know is that this isn't a Chopard in-house movement, but rather a F. Piguet 1186. It's the split-second version of the 1185 used in the Royal Oak Chronograph. The movement is very nicely finished with obvious hand rounded anglage. Probably wouldn't meet Geneva Seal or QF standards due to many screws that are not polished and at the bottom of deep cutouts without significant chamfers. This is just the nature of such a complex mechanism. I'll try to get better shots of the front and movement when I can get my real camera out. For now, I'd like to know if anyone knows if this is a Metalem dial. It's from the same era as the original 1860, and certainly looks it.

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 By: duprey26 : August 16th, 2022-19:51
From what I could find online it seems early 2000's. I didn't get papers with it unfortunately. The above link suggests late 90's, but I've seen others state early 00's. It does have an LUC signed crown.

Any photo of the movement?

 By: amanico : August 16th, 2022-19:52

PS: Welcome here!

 By: amanico : August 16th, 2022-19:52

 By: duprey26 : August 16th, 2022-19:56
I'll try to get a movement pic tonight. My phone camera won't do it justice.

 By: duprey26 : August 17th, 2022-15:51
Still phone pics, but something to wet your appetite for more. ...  

Yes, outsourced movement.

 By: duprey26 : August 17th, 2022-17:58
See above, it's no slouch of a movement. It's the kissing cousin of the movement still used to this day in the 38mm Royal Oak Chronograph, and still holds the record for the thinnest automatic, split-second chronograph.

Piguet 1186!

 By: p.boxster : August 19th, 2022-17:30
Nice iteration and nice watch! Congrats!!! 🎉

Thanks, Paul.

 By: amanico : August 19th, 2022-17:54


 By: mdg : August 16th, 2022-20:03
...but somebody went crazy with all the text on the dial...

 By: duprey26 : August 16th, 2022-21:38
LOL. The added text doesn't really bother me. Lots of chronographs have a scale that adds a lot of text as well, though not in the subdials. Also, I have some German watches and some of them go crazy on the text too.

Absolutely yes, welcome to our forum here and…

 By: Mike H : August 16th, 2022-21:25
…thanks for sharing such a nice and original piece. Unfortunately I cannot be of any help for giving any additional info but you do it the right way for digging and searching more info about your nice rattrapante chronograph. Enjoy it and wear it in the b... 

Ahh so you're the one would bought it

 By: openworked : August 22nd, 2022-14:02
I was tracking this for a while on Ebay. It would have to be a Metelem dial as the octagon box surrounding the logo is their signature design for Chopard (and Phillipe Dufour). Love the Breguet numerals.

Yes, I'm the Ebay buyer

 By: duprey26 : August 22nd, 2022-14:36
Thanks for the input on the dial. I felt it must be Metalem as well, but couldn't find anything definitive. Now that I have it, I'm even more convinced because you can see the tool marks around the logo under magnification. No way this is a stamped dial. ... 

Glad you'll enjoy it

 By: openworked : August 22nd, 2022-16:27
The dial is definitely not stamped otherwise it would have a "shallow" look to them. The movement definitely has hand anglage as you previously mentioned and I love the fact that the serial, model, LE # are all hand-engraved like other L.U.C. pieces from ...