2014 Basel New Chopard L.U.C 1963 Watch

Elegant, precise and pure, the L.U.C 1963 watch is in the same vein as the great ancient precision timepiece. This is where the watch returns to its origin: presenting the most precise time in the most beautiful and clear way. Equipped with a hand-wound movement engraved with the Geneva Seal, the dial occupies almost the entire large rose gold case. This model is limited to 50 pieces, and the numbers in the name correspond to the years when the Schaefer family became the owner of the Chopard brand. With a magnificent watch, it is timely to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the merger of the two. The classics are purely presented.

 Swiss ancient precision timepieces symbolize the watch industry’s unremitting pursuit of technological progress and precision performance. These large pocket watches are designed to ensure the regularity of the time, but at the same time they have shaped a simple and pure aesthetic design and have been passed down through the ages. The L.U.C 1963 watch follows this dual tradition. The pocket watch movement in the shape of a watch is in the same vein as the precision timepiece still in production in Chopin in 1963. It was during this year that the Schaefer family acquired the Chopard company in Geneva. Chopard’s co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele explained the creative philosophy: ‘Our original intention is very traditional, and traces back to the watch that my father made in the early stages of the acquisition of Chopard: the constant white dial, matching Black Roman numerals. This is a classic aesthetic design of that era created by my father. ‘
L.U.C 1963 is an emotional high-end timepiece. It pays tribute to the fine watchmaking tradition respected by Chopard’s aesthetics and technology, and also to the spirit of precision timekeeping that Chopard watchmaking inherits. Indeed, the Chopard timepiece is certified by the Swiss Official Observatory (COSC) and is also an important carrier of the distinguished Geneva Seal. The L.U.C 1963 watch combines these two certifications, each witnessing the superior craftsmanship of the Chopard Watchmaking Workshop.

 The case of the L.U.C 1963 watch combines elegance and size. The lugs protrude slightly from the 44mm diameter case and fit the curve of the wrist. The 18K rose gold curved bezel is matte and brushed, while the slim and round bezel is polished. The white dial is ceramic-like and has a translucent pure texture. Set at 9 o’clock, the small seconds hand, the crown prince hands, the black Roman numerals and the minute track, a series of elements directly draw on the precision timepieces of the brilliant era. But every component has been re-examined. The small second hand slightly extends out of the rails, indicating the bright but unobtrusive red Arabic numeral hour markers. The crown prince pointer is a unique element of the new L.U.C series. Roman numerals fit the arc curve of the dial, which is coarse and subdivided. As for the minute track, it consists of a continuous black track. The sleeper and the track do not intersect, which makes this L.U.C 1963 watch’s structural components more lightweight. However, the most striking detail of the dial is the dial size, which runs through almost the entire diameter of the case. This large 37.3 mm window is specially designed to match the L.U.C 63.01-L movement.

 The L.U.C 63.01-L manual winding mechanical movement is a derivative of the L.U.C 06.01-L movement. The L.U.C 06.01-L movement was developed in cooperation with the Geneva School of Clocks and Watches and was carried on the L.U.C. Louis-Ulysse Chopard-The Tribute Memorial Watch on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Chopard in 2010. The L.U.C 63.01-L movement has a diameter of 38 mm and a large size. However, because it is not equipped with complex functions, the movement architecture is relatively simple, because the L.U.C 1963 watch follows the concept of precision timepieces, indicating only hours, minutes and seconds. The movement is bi-colored and unforgettable. The golden and stainless steel hue is bright, which strengthens the contrast effect and the three-dimensional sense of the movement. At the same time, this two-tone design highlights the round pearl decoration on the gold splint on the lower half of the movement and the bridge under the sapphire crystal caseback. The splint and bridge are made of white copper, which is a more noble alloy than brass, and it is more difficult to machine: once scratched, it cannot be repaired. These design elements are not just for aesthetic reasons, they are also technical. Therefore, the full arc of the gooseneck trimmer is not in vain, but it can fine-tune the operation of the watch.

 Chopard manufactures all L.U.C movements in the tradition of great watchmaking. For this reason, the brand attaches equal importance to the movement finishing and its mechanical structure. Pearl circular patterns, chamfers, Geneva ripples and polished decorations are fully displayed on the movement and are hand-finished in the Chopard Watchmaking Workshop. The fine manufacturing of the L.U.C 1963 watch has a reputation for quality, as evidenced by the distinguished mark of Geneva. The Geneva Seal only awards watches that meet the highest quality standards in aesthetic design and mechanical performance. The L.U.C. 1963 watch is unique in the L.U.C. series with its characteristics and creative ideas. Nonetheless, this model is limited to 50 pieces and is dedicated to fans who love traditional fine watchmaking.

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