Chopard, “L.U.C” for Only Watch Chopard, “L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon”, movement No. 123508, Ref. 168526-3004. Extremely fine and unique, rectangular sculpted, water-resistant, titanium DLC chronometer wristwatch with visible one-minute tourbillon regulator, power reserve indication with a titanium DLC Chopard buckle. Accompanied by fitted box and Certificate.
Case: Three-body, polished, curved lugs, engraved case back, plate on the band engraved “Only Watch 2011”, crown with L.U.C logo, sapphire crystal.
Dial: Black and yellow, vertical stripes decoration, yellow Arabic numerals and dart indexes under the sapphire crystal, “Chopard” signature at 9, power reserve indication, aperture for the tourbillon and for the seconds at 6. Black and yellow dauphine hands.
Movement: Cal. L.U.C 1TRMB, rhodium-plated, 29 jewels, fausses cotes decoration, one-minute tourbillon regulator with three curved-arm cage, lateral lever escapement, monometallic balance, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, shock absorber. Dial, case and movement signed. Dimensions. 34 mm x 25.90 mm.
Estimated Price: 50,000 – 70,000
Realised Price: 35,000
Chopard is a Swiss based luxury watch, jewelry, and accessories company founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard at the age of 24. Chopard initially concentrated on developing precise pocket watches and chronometers based upon innovative ideas. Chopard is regarded as a manufacture, in other words that they make many of their watches and movements in-house rather than using the base movements (ebauches) of other manufacturers. Chopard, which also has production facilities in Fleurier, is one of four participating brands in the Fleurier Quality Foundation (together with Bovet, Parmigiani and Vaucher), which certifies a very high level of quality to manufactured watches (www.fleurier-quality.com). The “Qualité Fleurier” standard is meant to compete with the Geneva standards such as the exclusive Geneva Seal manufacturing standard.