Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Introducing the Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860

Chopard’s L.U.C collection is a tribute to watchmaker
Louis-Ulysse Chopard.

To celebrate the line’s 20th anniversary, Chopard has released the L.U.C XPS 1860 which includes two models, an unlimited edition in steel and a limited edition of 250 pieces in rose gold.


The rose gold version features a 40mm rose gold case which is made of Fairmined Gold. The dial is hand-guilloché with a radiating wave pattern. The case is only 7.2 mm thick and it features vertical satin-brushed sides, a polished bezel and case-back.

The watch might be thin, but there are a lot to admire with it see-through sapphire case back. The movement inside the watch is the Calibre 96.01-L, which is absolutely a stunner.

The movement features a 22k solid gold micro rotor. Its finishing is extremely well, with Geneva Stripes on all the plates, and beautifully polished bridges.
The circular graining and the swan-neck fine adjustment are also an eye candy. The movement bears the prestigious Geneve Seal and it is C.O.S.C certified. 
The movement provides 65 hours of power reserve with Chopard’s Twin technology (two barrels).
The stainless steel version has a different dial style. It features a silver tone dial with sunburst finish. Also, the movement bears no Geneve Seal and no swan-neck adjustment. However, the solid gold micro rotor remains and all the plates are well polished and adorned with Geneve Stripes.
So, the price. The rose gold version retails at around 160k HKD while the steel version retails at around 80k HKD.

Even though if you do not wear a dress watch a lot, this L.U.C XPS 1860 is offering you a lot in haute horology.

The finishing of the movement is just stunning with the 22k gold rotor. The dial has superb details and very legible. One small defect is the inclusion of the date window.
But that is also a practical move.
HK Snob
HKWF Group
Jason L



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