A compendium of progressive horological options, Chopard’s award-winning minute repeater returns in 2021 in a gleaming platinum case with a grey-blue dial. First offered in Fairmined rose gold in 2016, the L.U.C Full Strike has additionally appeared in white gold, in carburised metal, in addition to the not too long ago launched Día de Los Muertos mannequin with a cranium on the dial. Endowed with the revolutionary sapphire crystal gongs that give this minute repeater its distinctive crystalline sound, the most recent platinum version of simply 20 watches perpetuates the legend with a good bolder and colder aura.
The L.U.C Full Strike, A crystal-clear sound
The apogee of the 20th-anniversary celebrations of Chopard’s Manufacture in 2016 was the revealing of the L.U.C Full Strike. Marking Chopard’s first foray into the elite area of minute repeaters, it wanted to make a putting impression – acoustically and visually. To satisfy the problem, Chopard revisited the minute repeater from head to toe. After 15,000 hours of R&D and lots of patents later, Chopard was able to unveil its L.U.C calibre 08.01-L. The consequence was an progressive crown-operated putting watch with a crystal-clear sound. Visually, the watch additionally made an affect with its daring, openworked dial exposing the motion and hammers. Chopard’s wager was a convincing success and received the highest “Aiguille d’Or” prize on the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève awards of 2017.
Not like any minute repeater available on the market, the gongs of the L.U.C Full Strike are manufactured from sapphire crystal. Typical gongs are typically manufactured from hardened metal and fine-tuned to realize the suitable observe. Within the L.U.C Full Strike, the gongs and protecting prime glass are machined from a single block of sapphire crystal with none welding, screws or glue. Tuned to notes C# and F, the clear sapphire crystal gongs produce a clearer, purer and extra crystalline tone than steel, much like somebody tapping a wine glass with a knife.
Bypassing the constraints of Platinum
The most recent L.U.C Full Strike is housed in a platinum case with the identical dimensions as the unique (42.5mm diameter x 11.5mm top) with a vertical satin brush on the caseband and a elegant bezel and caseback. Given its density and softness, platinum isn’t the most effective materials to supply sound or musicality and is never used for minute repeaters. Nonetheless, for the reason that sapphire crystal and the gongs type a single entity, they create an ideal loudspeaker. And since the crystalline sound produced by the sapphire crystal gongs is emitted by the highest of the watch, it bypasses the constraints of platinum in order that it doesn’t have an effect on the standard of the sound or its energy.
One of many security options of the L.U.C Full Strike resides within the crown, which is used to wind the motion in a single path and the repeater in one other. Reactivating a putting mechanism (strikework) whereas a sequence is in progress can result in irreversible injury. To counter the danger, the calibre is supplied with a patented disengagement system for the strikework pusher within the crown.
One other characteristic to make sure the best high quality and emission of sound is the incorporation of a second barrel devoted to the strikework. If the barrel doesn’t have enough vitality, the strikework can’t be activated. The impartial barrel can retailer vitality for 12 full soundings of the longest time sequence that happens at 12:59 (with 12 chimes for the hours, 3 chimes for the three quarters and 14 chimes for the minutes). The vitality gathered or depleted within the strikework barrel is indicated by the longer hand on the facility reserve gauge at 2 o’clock on the dial.
Minute repeaters carry out because of the presence of a strike governor, the part chargeable for synchronising the putting mechanism, which you’ll see on the dial at 8 o’clock. To reinforce the auditory pleasure, Chopard has managed to silence the attribute buzzing sound of the strike governor and has eradicated the awkward and infrequently unpredictably lengthy silence that happens between the final chime of the hours and the primary of the quarters. Not like conventional minute repeaters, the hours, quarters and minutes gear trains of the L.U.C Full Strike are superimposed and when one has completed, it triggers the subsequent, sustaining a relentless cadence and routinely skipping the silences.
Just like the rose and white gold fashions, the openworked dial reveals a superb a part of the mechanics in addition to the mirror-polished hammers at 10 o’clock. The chapter ring, which spans the dial from 12 to 7 o’clock, is manufactured from stable gold and has a grey-blue color obtained with a galvanic therapy. The background of the chapter ring is snailed and options signature L.U.C utilized rhodium-plated Roman numerals. The facility reserve indicator with two arched tracks and two fingers (brief hand for motion, longer hand for strikework) and the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock have white printed transfers. In distinction, the peripheral railway minutes observe has black printed transfers.
Seen on each the dial and reverse aspect of the watch, the manual-winding motion of the L.U.C Full Strike is meticulously completed and bears the celebrated Hallmark of Geneva high quality seal. The mainplate and bridges, hand bevelled, polished and adorned with Geneva stripes, are constructed from non-treated nickel silver (aka German silver) and gleam with a greyish-golden sheen.
The motion is chronometer-certified by COSC and oscillates at 28,800vph – a uncommon characteristic in a minute repeater – and might ship an influence reserve of 60 hours. To guard the motion from any dealing with errors or injury, Chopard has geared up the watch with seven security gadgets. There may be additionally a stop-seconds operate for correct time settings.
The watch comes with a CITES-certified hand-stitched blue alligator strap with a cognac-coloured lining dyed with plant pigments and a platinum folding clasp.
Availability & Value
The Chopard L.U.C Full Strike in platinum is a restricted version of 20 items. The retail worth isn’t confirmed but however needs to be in extra of CHF 250,000. For extra info, please go to Chopard’s web site.