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Baselworld 2015: L.U.C XPS Fairmined

 
 By: CaliforniaJed : March 18th, 2015-14:51

L.U.C XPS Fairmined

Timely, Elegant, Ethical Luxury

 

 

 

The new L.U.C XPS Fairmined watch combines watchmaking expertise with an ethical approach. The 250-piece limited edition crafted in Fairmined gold; illustrates the company’s continued commitment to The Journey to Sustainable Luxury and increasing the use of ethical gold in its creations.






 

The case-back, middle case and bezel of the new L.U.C XPS Fairmined are entirely made of Fairmined gold; a certification guaranteeing that the gold has been responsibly mined and the miners have received fair payment and an overall premium. The L.U.C XPS Fairmined is made in accordance with the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) ethical benchmarking.

 

The new L.U.C XPS Fairmined is a continuation of The Journey to Sustainable Luxury project that began in 2013 and follows the launch at Baselworld 2014, of the L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined, the world’s first watch made from gold bearing the Fairmined certification.

 

Technical sophistication and aesthetic refinement

Whilst perfectly encapsulating the profound ethical commitment embedded in the core values of Chopard, the new L.U.C XPS Fairmined also embodies authentic watchmaking expertise. It houses mechanical self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.12-L, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), a sure token of reliability and precision. Reliably driving the hour, minute and second functions, this movement, entirely designed, developed and produced in-house at Chopard, is just 3.3 mm thick – a technical feat achieved by an ingenious offset micro-rotor made of delicately engraved gold. Equipped with a double barrel (Twin® technology) ensuring more than 65-hour power reserve, the L.U.C 96.12-L movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.

 



With its meticulously chamfered bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève and visible through the open case-back, as well as its circular-grained and chamfered main plate, this exceptional mechanism reveals finishes that are the unmistakable signature of haute horlogerie watches.

 

 

 



The discreet elegance of a grand classic

The L.U.C XPS Fairmined with its pure, restrained design is distinguished by its inherent elegance. Presented in a Fairmined 18-carat rose gold case, its sleek modern lines feature a 39.5 mm diameter and a thickness of just 7.13 mm. The hours and minutes are marked off on a subtle sunburst satin-brushed slate-grey galvanic dial enhanced with gilt Dauphine hands sweeping over slender gilt hour-markers matching the polished rose gold of the case. The L.U.C XPS Fairmine

d model is worn on a hand-sewn black alligator vegetable tanned leather strap.

 

Ongoing ethical commitment

This watch highlights the long term partnership between Chopard and the South American NGO, The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), the organisation behind the Fairmined standard for gold extracted by small-scale and artisanal methods.

 

To ensure the traceability of the Fairmined gold now used by Chopard, the company has created a segregation process in its workshops in Geneva, ensuring that Fairmined gold is not mixed at any stage with other types of gold. Gold waste is

also dealt with separately.

 

 

 

 

Technical details

 

Case:

·      Case in 18ct Fairmined rose gold

·      Total diameter                                                   39.50 mm

·      Thickness                                                          7.13 mm

·      Water resistance                                                30 metres

·      Cro

wn in 18ct rose

gold with L.U.C logo              4.00 mm

·      Polished case middle, bezel and case-back

·      Glareproofed sapphire crystal

·      Exhibition back engraved with Fairmined logo

 

Movement:

·      Self-winding movement                                      L.U.C 96.12-L

·      Total diameter                                                   27.400 mm

·      Thickness                                                           3.30 mm

·      Number of jewels                                               29

·      Frequency                                                          28,800 A/h (4 Hz)

·      Power reserve       

                 

                            65 hours

·      Two barrels - Twin® technology

·      Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève

·      “Chronometer” certified (COSC)

 

Dial and hands:

·      Slate-grey galvanic dial

·      Gilt Dauphine hour and minute hands

·      Gilt small seconds hand

 

Functions and displays:

·      Central display of the hours and minutes

·      Small seconds display at 6 o’clock

 

Strap and buckle:

·      Hand-sewn matt black (CITES certified) alligator vegetable tanned leather

·      Pin buckle in 18ct rose gold

 

Ref. 16 1920-5006 – In Fairmined 18ct rose gold

Exclusive to Chopard Boutiques

Limited edition of 250 pieces

 

Link to Chopard website: chopard.com   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I Love that Chopard dial

 
 By: MTF : March 18th, 2015-15:07
What is that dial decoration?
It's going to be tough to the photos but I will try.

Regards
MTF

Chopard refer to it as "galvanic"

 
 By: CaliforniaJed : March 18th, 2015-15:10
...but I am not sure what that means in this context, MTF.  Please do try to capture some live shots if possible so we can get a better look.

Best,

CaliforniaJed

Electroplating

 
 By: MTF : March 18th, 2015-15:32
It means they dip the dials in chemical solutions whilst passing an electriv current through the dial.
The chemicals deposit a coating bonded by 'galvansation' to the dial base metal (brass, steel, gold or silver depending on your budget). The different chenical deposit different colours,

Galva was an Italian scientist who experimented with electricity....frogs came into "play" but lets not go there...


Regards,
MTF

+1

 
 By: kolosstt : March 20th, 2015-11:21
Fantastic dial!

Live pictures more than welcome. 

Nice idea, for an appealing outcome. The dimensions are top.

 
 By: amanico : March 20th, 2015-11:14

The case is refined, the movement is a pleasure to look at, and the dial is original, and good looking.

White metal planned?

Best,

Nicolas

I'm not aware of a wite metal, yet, Nicolas, but I'll ask. [nt]

 
 By: CaliforniaJed : March 20th, 2015-22:54
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Thanks in advance, Jed. [nt]

 
 By: amanico : March 21st, 2015-00:16
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Very nicely done. Beautiful hands and dial. [nt]

 
 By: bar2020 : March 21st, 2015-18:56
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