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Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition Hands-On

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This is a quick hands-on look at the recently introduced Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition. Limited to 100 pieces, the Porsche 919 Hybrid racecar inspired timepiece comes in a 45 mm x 15.15 mm blackened titanium case, with design elements taken directly from the 919 race car. The one shown, at Chopard’s Madison Avenue boutique in New York City, was already purchased by a customer, and considering there are only 100 worldwide it is safe to say they will not last long. This is a boutique exclusive timepiece with a retail price of $14,370. See the full details here.

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Chopard Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono

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Seen here on the wrist of the President of Chopard USA, is the Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono. The watch features a 44.50 mm x 14.10 mm case, constructed out of titanium for the case middle, pushers, and crown. With a stainless steel bezel and caseback. This timepiece was introduced in 2014 and pays homage to Chopard’s status as the official timekeeper on the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, dating back to 2002. Said to be inspired by the classic single-seaters sports cars from the 1970s, the Grand Prix Monaco Historique Chrono has a snailed gray dial and a yellow flange with graduations for the chronograph. Matching the ring are yellow chronograph hands for seconds (central hand), 30-minutes (12 o’clock), and 12-hours (6 o’clock). A small seconds subdial sits at 9 o’clock, and there is a date aperture at 3

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Introducing the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition

Geneva-based watch manufacturer, Chopard, has been the official timing partner of Porsche Motorsport since their return to the “24 Hours of Le Mans” in 2014. After winning a first and second place at last year – Porsche Motorsport is naturally one of the favorites for 2016. On the occasion of the 84th edition of the famous Le Mans endurance race (which started this morning at 9 am EST and tomorrow), Chopard has aptly unveiled a new timepiece inspired by the new 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid racecar. Introducing the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition. The 100 piece limited series is presented in a 45 mm x 15.15 mm blackened titanium case that features designed cues taken directly from the renowned Porsche Motorsport 919 Hybrid race car (pictured below), and a sporty red, white and black color scheme. Equipped with

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Chopard L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono Hands-On

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This year at Baselworld, Chopard introduced one of their most complicated timepieces ever. Produced in-house by their higher-end manufacture (L.U.C.), the L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono boasts a vertical coupling-clutch column-wheel flyback chronograph with a perpetual calendar, along with an impeccably finished haute horology dial, movement, and case. Intricate details of the dial include a gray ruthenium-toned sunburst satin-brushed and hand-guilloché gold dial, with beams radiating from the prominent twin-aperture date window at 12. White or rose gold rhodium plated Roman numerals (depending on the case material) are applied by hand to the dial, surrounded by a snailed silver-toned inner bezel ring – with red and black transfers. Rhodium plated Dauphine-shaped hands, in white or rose gold, are used to indicate hours, minutes, small seconds, day, month, chronograph (seconds, minutes, hours - designed with red tips), and phases of the moon. There

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Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed Black Hands-On

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Since 1988, Chopard has been the official timekeeper of the famous Mille Miglia endurance race – which features more than 400 classic cars competing on a thousand-mile course between Brescia and Rome. Referred to by Enzo Ferrari as the “world’s most beautiful race”, it inspired an eponymous watch collection created by Chopard, which as of last year are now equipped with manufacture movements. Following the launch of the Mille Miglia GTS collection in 2015, at Baselworld 2016 Chopard debuted the Mille Miglia GTS Automatic Speed Black. Presented in a 43 mm x 11.43 mm matte black DLC-treated steel case, the watch features bold red “Rossa Corsa” accents and oversized numerals recalling 1950’s dashboards. Additionally, it has engine-style finishing and a strap with a vintage 1960s Dunlop racing tire tread motif. The dial is matte black, with a red lacquered sweep

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Chopard L.U.C. XPS Fairmined Gold

Last year, Chopard introduced the first watch created with Fairmined gold, which consists of a certification that guarantees the gold was extracted in a responsible manner and that the miners receive fair payment. Similar to conflict-free diamonds, this certification adds a premium but ensures that these precious resources are extracted ethically. This year, Chopard unveiled their second watch with the Fairmined gold certification, the L.U.C XPS Fairmined Gold. Crafted from rose colored gold, the case measures 39.5 mm by 7.13 mm, which has exactly the same dimensions as the standard L.U.C. XPS we reviewed HERE. The new movement, caliber 96.12-L, is virtually the same as caliber 91.12-L. It runs at 4Hz, has 172 components (29 jewels), dual stacked barrels for 65-hour power reserve, Geneva stripes on the bridges, perlage on the mainplate. And it is only 3.30 mm thick. The

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Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx Edition

This year at the 24 Hour of Le Mans, Porsche won, in fact their three teams came in 1st, 2nd and 5th. With seventeen 1st place victories, the Stuttgart based automobile manufacturer has the most wins of any manufacturer. The Porsche teams drove LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid racecars (shown). The winning team includes drivers Nico Hülkenberg, Mark Webber and Romain Dumas. On the occasion of the victory, Chopard unveiled a new limited edition watch, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Jacky Ickx, dedicated the Mr. Ickx, who had an impressive six Le Mans wins during his career. Presented in a 45 mm by 15.08 mm stainless steel case, both the steel bezel and steel caseback are secured by eight blackened steel screws. The back is engraved with the inscriptions “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport” and “Jacky Ickx Limited Edition.” A screw-locked

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Hands-On with the Chopard L.U.C Regulator at Baselworld

We showed you a preview of the Chopard L.U.C Regulator earlier in the month, and this is how it looks in real life. Regulators were historically used to “regulate” other clocks and watches. By separating the hours, minutes and seconds, optimal readability is achieved. This is no ordinary regulator, though, it’s powered by quadruple mainsprings that offer an impressive 216 hours of power reserve, all in a mere 4.9 mm of thickness. In addition, there is a second 24-hour display that can be set by a simply pushing the semi-recessed pusher in the side of the case. There is also a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. The watch has both COSC certification and the Poinçon de Genève seal. The case measures 9.78 mm thick by 43 mm in diameter. (Ref. 161971-5001) For more, read our original post.

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Pre-Baselworld 2015: Chopard L.U.C Regulator

This is a preview of Chopard’s redesigned L.U.C Regulator timepiece which will be officially debuted at Baselworld in less than two weeks. It is a regulator, therefore, the indications of the watch, such as the hours, minutes and seconds, are displayed separately to ensure optimal readability. Historically, regulators were to precisely set or “regulate” other clocks and watches. The L.U.C. Regulator is powered by a hand wound L.U.C. manufacture movement (caliber L.U.C 98.02-L). Uniquely, the movement features 4 mainspring power barrels (called Quattro®) for a total of 216 hours of power reserve, all in a 4.9 mm thick form factor. The dial has a central minutes display, an hour display at 3 o’clock and a small seconds display at 6 o‘clock. At 9 o’clock is a GMT (24-hour function) which is set by a pusher recessed in the case at

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Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon Qualité Fleurier Fairmined

At Baselworld 2014, Chopard introduced what they call “The world’s first watch created with Fairmined gold.” They say, “this certification guarantees that the gold was extracted in a responsible manner and that the miners themselves receive fair payment and an overall premium, thereby demonstrating that gold can be sustainably mined.”

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