Revolution, a long-established print and on-line journal focussed on watches and run by our buddy Wei Koh, is used to creating fairly spectacular collaborations, usually leading to extremely enticing watches. One of many long-time companions of Revo is Chopard, a collaboration that already resulted in two salmon-coloured fashions paying tribute to the first-ever L.U.C watch. In the present day, the Singapore-based journal launches its third devoted version with the Swiss manufacture. And it’s a pretty mixture of basic Forties design, modernity within the execution and mechanical refinement. Meet the Chopard L.U.C QF Revolution Version.
Briefly, what you’re is a “vintaged” tackle the basic costume watch à la Chopard, with barely enlarged case and a luminous sector dial to convey some casualness and inside one of the best of L.U.C with a Qualité Fleurier motion. On paper, this feels like a reasonably partaking recipe. And the outcome actually does make an impression.
After two watches taking part in on extremely basic codes, with 36.5mm case and stable gold guilloché dials handled in salmon color (both in a basic time-and-date model or with a tourbillon), Revolution and Chopard change fashion and makes classic and trendy mates once more. The brand new L.U.C QF Revolution Version is housed in a 39mm stainless-steel case, which retains a slender profile of 8.9mm. The case is generally noticeable due to its sharp, pointy soldered lugs. It’s solely polished, encompasses a skinny bezel and has sapphire crystals on each side. Elegant and discreet, it leaves the stage to the dial on one facet, and the motion on the opposite. To convey some coolness, it’s worn on a vintage-inspired mild brown calfskin strap.
The dial is definitely the piece de résistance of the habillage right here, with its round brushed black background on which has been printed a sector dial and Arabic numerals. The syringe fingers, rhodium-plated and polished, are classics of Chopard. What actually brings the watch to life is the truth that all components are coated in Tremendous-LumiNova, making the dial pop at evening. After all, skilled eyes will see that it’s one way or the other harking back to the Laurent Ferrier Boreal, additionally geared up with such a luminous sector black dial. And since I’ve at all times beloved this watch, it would defined why the Chopard L.U.C QF Revolution Version feels so enticing.
Beneath the hood is a crucial motion, the calibre 96.09-L, which structure is on the basis of the L.U.C vary. The skinny, but highly effective micro-rotor motion has been the cornerstone of the gathering since its creation in 1996. It’s right here executed in its higher-end model, bearing the Qualité Fleurier certification. Initially created in 2004 by Chopard L.U.C, Parmigiani Fleurier and Bovet, the QF certification is without doubt one of the most demanding requirements round. It consists of necessities relating to the provenance (in brief, 100% Swiss Made for the watch head/motion), the ornament of the motion, the supplies used. It’s additionally about precision since watches should obtain the COSC certification, but in addition the ultra-rigorous Chronofiable take a look at and the Fleuritest. Certification at its best. The motion, as you’d count on, is right here finely adorned and encompasses a 22k gold micro-rotor.
Availability & Value
The Chopard L.U.C QF Revolution Version is a restricted version of 25 items, accessible now from Revolution right here. It’s priced at USD 15,000. For extra particulars about Chopard and QF, go to www.chopard.com.