Recently, I had the great opportunity to go to Bordeaux, France, with Chopard for the Baselworld preview of some of the finest timepieces it is unveiling this year. While we also went wine tasting and truffle hunting, we had the chance to go hands on with the watches. One of my favorites is the sophisticated and elegant L.U.C Quattro with an incredible nine days of power reserve.
Boasting a stunning green/gray dial, the L.U.C Quattro is one of Chopard’s top-flight calibers. The distinguished mechanical hand-wound movement, L.U.C 98.01-L consists of 223 components, including four barrels as part of the brand’s Quattro technology. Made entirely in house, the movement measures 3.7mm in thickness and is beautifully finished and carries the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. It is also COSC-certified chronometer. As mentioned, it offers nine days (216 hours) of power reserve.
This timepiece is an extension of the ultra-slim L.U.C Quattro that was unveiled last year. Now, it boasts a new dial and is created in 18-k art the gold. The gray/green dial features a vertical satin-brushed finish and rhodium-plated hour markers. There is a date indication at 6 o’clock, and a power reserve indication at 12 o’clock in a graduated arc. The 43mm watch is finished with a chic matt brown double-sided alligator leather strap. Just 50 pieces will be made.
Technical details L.U.C Quattro
50-piece limited edition in 18-carat white gold
Case: 18-carat white gold, 43 mm diameter, 8.84mm thick, 50 meters water resistant, 18-karat white gold crown with L.U.C logo, vertical satin-brushed case middle, glare-proofed sapphire crystal, Polished bezel and case-back, hand-engraved case-back, Exhibition back fitted with glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Movement: Mechanical hand-wound movement L.U.C 98.01-L, 223 components, Diameter 28.60 mm, thickness 3.70mm, 39 jewels, 28,800 vph (4 Hz). 216 hours power reserve, Four barrels – Quattro technology, Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif, Swan’s-neck index assembly, Balance-spring with Phillips terminal curve, Chronometer-certified by the COSC, Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark
Dial and hands: Grey-green dial with hand-crafted vertical satin-brushed finishing, Applied rhodium-plated hour-markers and numerals, Opaline power reserve and snailed small seconds, Dauphine fusée-type hours and minutes hands enhanced with Super-LumiNovaTM, Rhodium-plated baton-type small seconds, date and power-reserve hands
Functions: Hours, minutes, Concentric small seconds and date at 6 o’clock, Power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Strap and buckle: Brown alligator leather strap with brown alligator leather lining, Polished 18-carat white gold pin buckle
Ref.161926-1002 – in 18-carat white gold with grey-green dial
50-piece limited edition