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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Continually Oxidizing And Getting Old Bronze Watch Can Give You The Uniqueness You Want

Speaking of wanting to write this bronze watch, it was a coincidence. When I watched the watches of this year’s auction in Hong Kong this year, I saw a few ‘special’ watches. Their dials have “discolored” after years of oxidation, adding a very distinctive personality to the watch. Discoloration due to oxidation? It’s really interesting. Such a phenomenon is very common in watches. It seems that everything will oxidize, which is a bit like rust in simple terms. Of a watch, the material that is most closely related to the wearer is of course the material of the case. Regarding the material of the watch, there are normal metal materials, and the more advanced ones are ceramics and carbon fiber. However, the watch has reached a certain level. These materials The watch does not make old iron watch friends interested. What they are pursuing is more a sense of interaction with the watch. For example, they create a unique watch by themselves. The one that can meet the requirements of this kind of senior watch fans is bronze. table.

Ancient Chinese Bronze

   Talking about bronze watches, of course, I have to start with bronze. When I knew nothing about bronze watchmaking, when it comes to bronze, all I can think of is ancient Chinese bronzes, like the four sheeps, the bronze statues of Fangding and the bronze Respecting the plate is an important symbol of human history and civilization. Bronze is an alloy of three elements: lead, red copper, and tin. Because of its gray color, it is called bronze. Its melting point is between 700-900 ° C, which is lower than that of red copper. The hardness of the bronze containing 10% tin is red copper. 4.7 times better performance. Because the hardness of the bronze alloy is more than twice that of pure copper or tin, and it is hard and corrosion-resistant, it is very suitable for use in marine or outdoor public facilities. Around 1845, bronze was widely used in railway construction, bridges and buildings. There was no stainless steel in the early maritime period. Bronze became the first choice for shipbuilding materials due to its excellent corrosion resistance, so many people think of bronze when it comes to the ocean.

   If it is said that bronze is only a material for making things, it is no different from other ordinary materials, and its magic is that it varies with different factors such as time, air, environment, temperature, and living habits. Easily oxidized, it will be stained with a light green during use, and the color will continue to deepen, so the watch made of bronze will become unique due to oxidation. Once this was a disadvantage, it was eventually Some thoughtful brands have become a selling point. But so far bronze materials have not been widely used in watches, only a few brands have introduced bronze watches. Such material characteristics cause watch players to show a polarized preference for bronze watches, which may be one of the reasons why bronze watches can only be summarized in the niche market.

   Bronze watches first appeared around 1870, because they are more affordable than watches made of gold, so the preferential price allows ordinary people to wear the watch. In recent years, the popularity of bronze watches can be seen. Regardless of brand size, bronze watches have been launched. Due to the oxidative and discoloring characteristics of bronze, each bronze watch can brew a unique vicissitudes of color, and each person’s wearing habits and environment are different, so what it will look like after many years is unknown. Some people may wear it for decades, and after careful maintenance, it is still as clean as new, but some people wear it for a year or two and they will no longer take care of it. To put it bluntly, what style the bronze watch will ultimately show depends on how the owner raises it. The charm of the bronze watch is that the wearer always sees it differently in different time periods. However, the bottom cover of a bronze watch is generally not made of copper, because it is necessary to directly contact the skin to prevent the oxide layer from causing an allergic reaction on the wearer’s skin, and it is easy to become dirty. Made of metal.

   The first brand to make bronze watches was Gerald Zunda. Master GeraldGenta introduced the first bronze-made Gefica watch in 1988. It became a topic, but it did not form a trend at that time. After the Bulgari brand, the GeficaSafari series, which was also reinterpreted in bronze, was launched in 2007. This particular material only started to receive a little more attention. Gefica’s design was inspired by the African hunting trips of Geoffroy, Fissore and Canali, and the name Gefica was formed by combining the first two letters of the last names of the three people.

   The GeficaSafari retains classic design elements such as the bronze case and the metal grains inlaid on the case and crown. The earthy color scheme shows the rich natural vitality of the African continent. Although the use of bronze materials in the watch industry is still not widespread, but the individual appearance changes due to metal characteristics, plus each brand has its own unique interpretation of this material, for those who love bronze materials For watch collectors, these are the most glamorous existences of bronze watches.

Panerai PAM382

Panerai PAM382

   Panerai’s bronze watches are more well-known than other brands, and the trend of bronze watches can be said to be brought by Panerai, which has led collectors to pay attention to bronze watches. When Bronze met Panerai, it was definitely a shock. In 2011, Panerai launched the first bronze watch. With the release of ‘Death Squad’, this PAM382 was worn by Stallone. At that time, the Panerai 382 was a hard-to-find watch, with a limit of 1,000 pieces worldwide. Few people had seen the real thing, and it was definitely a heavy-tasting poison.

Panerai PAM507

Panerai PAM507
   The 507 launched in 2013 is very similar to the 382. The only difference is that there is an additional power display window on the 507 dial. The color of the dial is green and looks younger. The old process gives a rough and retro feel. I have to say that the greenish dial is very interesting. There are not many opportunities for this color to be used on the dial. If you consider the inseparable relationship between bronze and patina, then the green dial is a correct match.

IWC ‘Darwin Adventure’ Special Edition IW379503 Bronze Watch

   IWC launched the bronze watch that many people did not expect. The first bronze watch launched in 2014-the special edition of the Darwin Adventure ‘Ocean Timepiece’, is made of high-tech bronze made of copper and aluminum alloy. , Ruggedness and hardness are higher than pure copper, and anti-wear, is the perfect material for manufacturing diving watches and adventure watches.

   The watch is mainly black and yellow. Many people think that the gold luster of this watch will be made of gold at the beginning. Only it is an exception. However, with the passage of time, after the continuous oxidation of copper, the color of the case It will still get deeper and darker, showing a warm bronze color, giving a quaint texture. This warm-toned bronze color also appears as a fluorescent color on the hands, hour markers, and scales of the rotating inner ring. With a black rubber strap, there is no retro feel of the bronze watch, but it has a stylish look. sense.

   The reason why this watch is called Darwin’s expedition is that in the Darwin era, bronze was commonly used in shipbuilding. Darwin collected a lot of valuable information during the Galapagos Islands expedition, which laid the foundation for his theory of the origin of species. And this marine timepiece is a tribute to this great natural scientist. The back cover of the watch is also engraved with Darwin’s head. Although this watch is also a commemorative model, there is no limited production. This is really good news for friends who like it.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze Bronze Watch

   Tudor’s vintage diving watches have always been very popular. At the Baselworld 2016, Tudor launched a bronze version. The bezel, belt and dial of this bronze diving watch are all reddish brown, warm yellow aluminum copper alloy. The case reproduces the aesthetics of bronze materials used in ancient ships and other diving equipment. The barbed rose pattern carved on the large crown dates back to 1958, making the nostalgia of this watch even more obvious. The bronze-made case of Tudor’s bronze watch is patina-colored. It is cast from a high-performance aluminum bronze alloy and has a matte finish. It looks like a special beauty, so it was also a very popular one at that time. Watch.

Oris Carl Brashear Limited Diver’s Watch

   Oris, who also has a set of diving watches, has also made copper watches. This CarlBrashear limited-edition diving watch is also the brand’s first bronze watch. It was born to commemorate the first African-American diver in the history of the US Navy. CarlBrashear’s legendary life, limited to 2000 pieces. The design of this watch was inspired by the copper deep diving helmet of the 1950s. In the CarlBrashear era, divers had to wear diving equipment such as copper helmets to dive into the deep sea. Therefore, the use of bronze to create this diving watch is very Monumental.

   Bronze is initially bright and shiny, and will gradually darken after reacting with oxygen and water vapor, which means that over time, these 2000 limited edition watches will produce different patinas, eventually becoming unique One. In order to be comfortable to wear and to avoid direct contact with the skin, sweat oxidation, the bottom cover is made of stainless steel, and the pattern of the early deep-sea diving helmet in the center once again emphasizes the object that this watch pays tribute to. On the inner side of the navy rope pattern surrounding the helmet pattern is CarlBrashear’s famous saying: ‘It’snotasintogetknockeddown, it’sasintostaydown.’ (It is not a sin to be knocked down, it is a sin to stop climbing.)

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special

   Above we mentioned that bronze is mostly used for diving watches, but Zenith designed a bronze pilot watch “unusually”. The Zenith Bronze Flying is also very popular. This year’s pilot series special edition chronograph presented by Zenith perfectly reflects the retro atmosphere. The rich onion crown is made absolutely impossible to ignore. It is also easy for pilots to make adjustments while wearing gloves.

   The 45mm large diameter and the large luminous display design ensure the best readability. The bronze case is coated with a layer of natural distressed finish through an oxidation operation, showing a unique retro style. The titanium case back is engraved with the Zenith aerospace instrument logo that echoes the characteristics of the pilot’s watch, the EXTRASPECIAL on the dial and the special oily frosted leather strap illustrate the distinctiveness of this bronze fly.


   Speaking of the most individual bronze watch, it is really Bellace. Many people may be scared by the visually striking skull on this BR01 dial at first glance. In order to faithfully reproduce the 1944 paratrooper spirit and its badge, the brand ingeniously used the bezel and screws to form a skull and crossbones mark that is very similar to the pirate flag of the past. The hour and minute hands also incorporate other traditional military elements- The dagger and saber reproduced the horrific ‘Deathfromabove’ emblem of the airborne troops from the sky.

  The surface of the watch case has also been specially added with a micro-blasting process to create a rough texture to increase the area of ​​bronze in contact with air and improve the oxidation effect of the watch case. At first, this copper-tin alloy showed a pink or red gold color, and patina appeared on it over time. It was paired with a specially made leather strap, which has a strong retro flavor.

Summary: After knowing that the bronze watch is such a special existence, I also joked with my friends that buying a bronze watch can also train patience. The new bronze watch is very beautiful, but it may look more flavored after oxidation in the future. I want to know How beautiful and special it will be in the future, so it has to withstand patience, etc … But at present, there are not many varieties of bronze watches, and the production is not large. What does your bronze look like? (Photo / text watch home Sun Fangfang)

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World Map And Time Zone Cities Three World Time Watch Recommendations

World Time is a highly practical complication in the watch industry. In the era of globalization, it has been sought after by more and more people. Various brands have also tried their best to borrow The meaning of ‘world’ is decorated with different styles of world maps in the center of the dial, and then with 24-hour time scales and 24 typical time zone cities on the outside of the dial. Good ‘feelings’ in one hand. Of course, due to the different brands, the price of World Time watches varies from high to low, ranging from hundreds of thousands to as low as tens of thousands. Therefore, there is always a style that can meet your desire and acceptance. degree. Today, our watch house will show you a few of these watches together.
Patek Philippe chronograph world watch

Product model: 5131R-001
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: 18k rose gold
Strap Material: Crocodile Leather
Dial size: 39.5 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Watch price: 496200 yuan
Watch details: HU automatic winding mechanical movement, precise and stable, power reserve of 48 hours, waterproof depth of 30 meters, and an interchangeable bottom cover.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysical Observatory Series World Time Watch

Product model: Q8108420
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: Stainless steel
Strap Material: Crocodile Leather
Dial size: 41.6 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Watch price: 114,000 Hong Kong dollars
Watch details: Spirit Orbis Terrarum

Product model: U0112308
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: Stainless steel
Strap Material: Crocodile Leather
Dial size: 41 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Watch price: 37900 yuan
Watch details: “Terrarum”, Chinese meaning “Earth, World”. The outer edge of the dial is marked with 24 city names and represents 24 time zones around the world. The outer edge is marked with a 24-hour scale. In this way, the local time of the cities in 24 time zones around the world can be displayed at the same time. Stainless steel round case with a diameter of 41 mm, the size is suitable; refined pattern decoration dial, polished toffee-type hands, easy to access; crocodile The watch is equipped with a triple folding buckle, which is comfortable to wear; the world time adjustment button at 8 o’clock; equipped with an MB 29.20 self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of about 42 hours and a water resistance of 30 meters.
Summary: Although the dial designs of these three World Time watches are similar, each difference is the highlight of this watch. The first rose gold material, filigree enamel design, the world map above the dial has the momentum of swallowing mountains and rivers, the atmosphere is elegant and stylish, and the price is the highest. The second and third models are relatively simple, with a stainless steel case, a black alligator strap, and an elegant dial design. The price is also much lower than the first one. As far as the dial design is concerned, the second dial The outer part is decorated with the time zone city and then with the time scale, while the third model is just the opposite. The first is decorated with the time scale and then the time zone city. Obsessive-compulsive patients should pay particular attention to this point and must choose a smooth one. In general, these three world time watches are decorated with world maps and time zone cities. The functions are absolutely practical and the ‘feelings’ are definitely ‘selling’.

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