Talking about collection that just got its new flagship with Geneva seal we have to mention the L.U.C. Louise Ulysse Chopard. This brand recently added one more member in the group with exceptional perpetual calendar and a cracking design. Firstly introduced in 2005, this time piece got more than a few new improvements to build up the quality in comparison with the previous in the line.
Three exquisite chronographs showing moon phases , day of the week and months are symmetrically placed on the dial mostly coloured in blue, which in comparison with the platinum case leaves an impression of a luxurious watch with lots of elegance and simplicity. The moon phase chronograph is sat at 6 o’clock and seems like it’s very simple to read the phases just by following the platinum hand displaying the current shape of the moon, as well as the other two. On the top, in a symmetrical vertical line with the moon sub-dial there is a date indicator with the same shape carried in the earlier variants. If you have a rough look on the dial you might find to many indicate elements all squeezed in a big platinum case, the hours are marked with Roman numerals and some of them are partly hiding behind the sub-dials as a result of the size of the same, additionally the minute ring at the edge makes this piece a bit wider and a bit difficult to notes that is hire. But yet the blue radiate dial in combination with the white (indicator elements) and shiny polished platinum elements is classy set of colours and shades living an imprint of a wrist watch made of great materials with lots of finesse.
43mm diameter is quite a bid dimension, but putting all this elements in a smaller case would probably make the look of the dial even more buzzy then it already is, with thickness of 11,47mm this watch probably won’t be the favourite wrist piece for those ones inclined towards smaller case.
The movement is considered to be Chopard’s top calibre and the reference number is 96.13-L .Turn the case around and you can clearly through out the sapphire crystal case-back can see the movement with its straps and a 22c gold micro rotor a real rarity among the modern complications , this unique super interesting self-winding mechanical movement balanced with 32 jewels has two stacked barrels (twin technology) and it is sealed with a special technic providing a 50 meter water resistance. The movement provides 28,800 vibrations per hour under frequency of 4Hz and needs adjustment only once in 122 years, in the same time works perfectly and has a 65 hour power reserve.
Another blue matching segment is the blue strap made of alligator leather with hand sewn matching tones and alligator brown lining.
Sticker price CHF 67,900 and it is a limited edition of 100 pieces only. The price is very reasonable knowing that costumer are baying a wrist watch with certified chronometer and is wearing the Hallmark of Geneva, meaning it’s a assembled and hand finished from the best craftsmen and brought to perfection.