Connoisseur's Choice: The Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono – GRAY™ International
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Connoisseur's Choice: The Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono
March 14, 2016

 

The Louis-Ulysse Chopard (L.U.C.) movement from Chopard is one that sits firmly into the brand and its identity. Designed by none other than Michael Parmigiani, this esteemed movement has been labelled as the 'finest automatic movement being produced in Switzerland', and, back in 1996, helped to refocus the brand firmly into the fine watch-making industry, having spent a few years focusing on jewellery manufacturing.

This year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the L.U.C manufacture in Fleurier, Chopard will launch the first ever completely in-house perpetual calendar chronograph in a limited run of only 20 pieces. 
Built upon the foundations of the  Chopard L.U.C. 03.07-L movement, the Perpetual Chrono is expected to have a  60-hour power reserve, running 42 jewels and adjusted in five positions. Very significantly, the movement carries a moonphase display that allows for only one day's error every 122 years. Carrying the crest of Geneva and COSC certified, the  L.U.C. 03.07-L movement carries on the tradition of the L.U.C. family for providing only the best. 
The perpetual calendar itself fits into the main chronograph calibre like a charm. Fully integrated,it is recognisable by its twin-aperture date display, complemented by indications of the day, the month and leap year indicator of the year.
Additionally, all gold sourced from Chopard for this piece comes with the aid of  Fairmined, ensuring that the gold comes from ethically responsible sources. Slated to be released in Basel World 2016, this timepiece marks another significant milestone for Chopard. To quote Hodinkee, " The perpetual calendar chronograph, especially executed in house, and with high grade finish, is not just a complication; it's a statement of purpose and identity." Expected to cost $85,000, it also offers a reasonable price alternative over its competition.
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