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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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Chopard L.U.C. 8HF Power Control Black Ceramic

Chopard first unveiled their 8Hz ultra-high beat wristwatch, powered by in-house L.U.C caliber 01.06-L — at Baselworld 2012. This year they revealed a new version with the same case dimensions, but in matte black ceramic instead of titanium, and powered by all an new movement (caliber 01.09-L), which is based on the original but with a new power reserve function added.

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REVIEW: Chopard L.U.C. XPS 18K White Gold

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Introduction L.U.C. is the top of the line “haute horlogerie” collection within Chopard. L.U.C. watches are designed and manufactured in Geneva and Fleurier, separate from standard Chopard wristwatches, furthermore — all L.U.C. timepiece are made with in-house movements inside. L.U.C. is an acronym that represents the brand’s founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard (1836-1915).

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