Horological prowess embodied in Calibre L.U.C 98.06-L1
The L.U.C. movement beating behind the scenes is an innovative jumping-hour calibre equipped with exclusive Chopard Quattro technology developed entirely within our workshops.
It brings a splendid tableau to life: while the 12 o’clock aperture displays the hours, the minutes tick gracefully past in the centre with the rotation of a fully engraved flower.
The L.U.C 98.06-L1 movement is one of the few jumping-hour watches – which are generally very energy-hungry – to offer up to eight days of power reserve. Chopard Quattro technology’s four stacked and coupled barrels endow this IMPERIALE watch with an over 190-hour power reserve despite the amount of energy consumed by the rotation of the hours disc.
This mechanical hand-wound movement is composed of 240 parts, with bridges and a mainplate in Ethical gold entirely engraved with motifs matching the dial, hand-crafted and painted by the Manufacture's movement-decorating Artisan.
It is highly complex, guaranteeing reliability and precision within a mere 5 mm thickness. The end of its balance-spring is endowed with a Phillips curve that precisely regulates the oscillations of the regulating organ – a feat of which only genuine Haute Horlogerie Manufactures are capable. Finally, the movement is also fitted with a swan’s neck regulator enabling fine adjustment.
Celebrating the union between glamour and poetry, Chopard has designed this precious watch which immediately reveals its full brilliance through a case in ethical 18-carat yellow gold entirely set with diamonds totalling over 8 carats.
The dial expresses the quintessence of the ancestral expertise of a Japanese master lacquer artist specialised in the Urushi technique: between the layers of lacquer, gold flakes illuminate the background, mingling with golden buds and sparrows and inlaid mother-of-pearl cherry blossoms.
The high-quality workmanship of this IMPERIALE timepiece has earned it the Poinçon de Genève.
In 2013, Chopard embarked on a Journey to Sustainable Luxury, a long-term commitment which aims to protect and preserve the Earth from which we source our raw materials as well as the people involved in our supply chain.
100% of the refined gold used for this watch comes from sources that are verified as having met international best practice environmental and social standards. Chopard also has an in-house foundry which is not only able to guarantee the origin of the gold used in the production but is above all able to directly resmelt gold scraps and production waste in order to recycle unused material.
The diamonds used for this timepiece follow the principles for transparency stipulated by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and the Responsible Jewellery Council system of warranties.