A passionate aesthete, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele is the man behind a watchmaking success story that has shaped the destiny of Chopard. In the 1990s, when traditional watchmaking was just recovering from the quartz crisis, he foresaw the historic take-off that the mechanical watch was about to experience.
He then set about creating a watchmaking workshop whose mission was to develop the first in-house calibre to honour the heritage of Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the founder of Chopard in 1860. Christened L.U.C 96.01-L, this automatic movement with automatic winding via a micro-rotor was both versatile and unequalled at the time, marking the birth of Chopard Manufacture and the L.U.C. collection.
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Then, after that, Chopard brings various kinds of L.U.C Collection with many updates on its movement, complication, and design. This year in 2021, Chopard introduced two new models to the L.U.C family, the first one is L.U.C Time Traveler One Black, and the second one is L.U.C GMT One Black.
Below, we will tell you more about those two new models and the other two L.U.C recommendations for you.
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L.U.C GMT One Black
For modern travelers and true citizens of the world, the new L.U.C GMT One Black offers a cool, monochrome take on the dual-time travel watch. Its lightweight, ultra-durable case in ceramic titanium with a grey-on-black tonality makes it the ideal timepiece to meet the fast-paced life of a new generation of gentleman traveler.
It is the world’s first travel watch to have a case crafted in this advanced material, bringing a highly contemporary edge to the in-house crafting of Chopard’s L.U.C watches. It features the renowned chronometer-certified Chopard caliber L.U.C 01.10-L.
The L.U.C 01.10-L caliber, a self-winding mechanical movement, is chronometer-certified by the COSC, and it beats to a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz). Featuring the GMT function, a 60-hour power reserve and a stop-seconds function, it has a central display for the hours, minutes, seconds and date of the destination city. It also presents the time in a second time zone with the precision and elegance that characterize Chopard.
L.U.C Time Traveler One Black
Chopard brought new aesthetics and lightweight wearability to its most prestigious watch for globetrotters: the L.U.C Time Traveler One. The new model, L.U.C Time Traveler One Black introduces a versatile, monochrome style ideal for the fast-paced lives of today’s global citizens featuring the renowned Chronometer certified Chopard caliber L.U.C 01.05-L.
Entirely developed, produced and assembled in the Chopard High Watchmaking workshops, the L.U.C 01.05-L caliber, a self-winding mechanical movement, is chronometer-certified by the COSC, and it beats to a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Featuring the worldtime function, a 60-hour power reserve and a stop-seconds function, it has a central display for the hours, minutes, seconds and date of the destination city. It also shows the time in each of the principal 24 time zones with the precision and elegance that characterize Chopard.
Like the new L.U.C. GMT One Black, it is the world’s first travel watch made of ceramic titanium, a material that is both ultra-light on the wrist and exceptionally hard-wearing. This stunning fusion of innovative technology and traditional hand-crafting is the ultimate timepiece for a new generation of gentleman travelers.
L.U.C Perpetual Twin Blue Dial
A perpetual calendar watch, with its union of the practical and the poetic, is the ultimate expression of elegance and sophistication for the modern gentleman. Chopard presents its celebrated perpetual calendar, the chronometer-certified L.U.C Perpetual Twin, in a stand-out version in stainless steel with a blue dial that offers gentleman connoisseurs a new expression of artful style and horological finesse.
This watch, powered by the L.U.C 96.22-L calibre, a self-winding mechanical movement, a COSC-certified chronometer possessing a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. With a 65-hour power reserve and a stop-second function, it displays hours, minutes, seconds, the date, and especially a perpetual calendar with the precision, distinction and elegance that characterise Chopard and the L.U.C. collection.
L.U.C Perpetual Twin
This L.U.C Perpetual Twin is endowed with the mechanical excellence of Chopard complications while housing its perpetual calendar movement within a stainless steel 43 mm case. It mechanically calculates and shows the duration of months variously lasting 28, 29, 30 and 31 days. Based on the micro-rotor technique coupled with two barrels, this watch is powered by L.U.C 96.22-L caliber with a comfortable 65-hour power reserve. Its chronometric rating precision is certified by the COSC.
Alternating matt and polished finishes create a delightful shimmering effect on this timepiece. Meanwhile, to wrap it around your wrist, there’s black alligator leather strap available with hand sewn matching tones and alligator brow lining.