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Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike

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Following the 2006 launch of the L.U.C. Strike One model which chimes the hour, Chopard Manufacture has unveiled an in-house minute repeater that chimes the minutes, quarter hours, and hours. Technically speaking, the all-new L.U.C. Full Strike features one of the most innovative minute repeater designs on the market. A design that took 6 years to develop and produce, and is the subject of 3 pending patents. The most notable feature of this unprecedented minute repeater wristwatch is the specially manufactured monoblock sapphire crystal which acts both as a traditional crystal that protects the dial side of the watch and as the gongs. The use of transparent gongs that are an integral part of the front sapphire crystal, allowed Chopard to craft a case that is small relative to other minute repeaters (42.5 mm x 11.55 mm). Moreover, according to

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Introducing the Chopard L.U.C. Time Traveler One

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This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Chopard Manufacture – and to celebrate they have created their first worldtime watch: the L.U.C. Time Traveler One. To power the new timepiece, the Fleurier-based L.U.C. division of Chopard designed and manufactured an all new automatic worldtime movement, caliber L.U.C 01.05-L. The movement beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), measures 35.30 mm x 6.52 mm, has 262 components, 39 jewels, a 60-hour power reserve, and is COSC chronometer certified. The bridges are decorated with Geneva stripes and chamfered edges, with circular graining on the mainplate. The Time Traveler One case measures 42 mm x 12.09 mm, and is available in a choice of either stainless steel, rose gold, or platinum. Like the L.U.C. GMT One we showed you earlier this week, there are two crowns – one at 2 o’clock embossed with the

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Introducing the Chopard L.U.C. GMT One

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The Chopard Manufacture, which is based in Fleurier, Switzerland, marks its 20th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Chopard has launched its first L.U.C. watch with a dual-time function: the L.U.C. GMT One. The GMT One simultaneously displays the local and home time – controlled by separate crowns – as well as a 24-hour time (day/night) via a rotating ring. The crown at 2 o’clock controls the local time and date, and the crown at 4 o’clock controls the second time zone (which is designated orange arrow-tipped hour hand) as well as the rotating 24-hour outer chapter ring. The 24-hour ring displays nighttime hours on the half that is black with orange transferred numbers, and daytime hours on the half with that is slate gray with white transferred numbers. The case of the watch measures 42 mm x 11.71 mm and

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Interview with Ralph Simons, CEO of Chopard USA

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Since your move from the President of Frederique Constant/Alpina USA to CEO of Chopard USA Ltd. in 2015 what have you done to improve the business at your new company? Well, we’ve done a lot. It has been a very interesting period since then. The main point of focus has been to simplify the assortment of products along with its communication to the market. When I arrived at Chopard we utilized a large selection of different advertising visuals, and one level up from that, in terms of product, at the time we also offered a broad range of references. This made it harder for our final clients and our authorized retailers to capture a consistent and recognizable brand message. The Chopard Core Collection for North America launched at Baselworld 2015 now serves as a foundation. This assortment, which is based

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REVIEW: Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition Chronograph

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Overview Chopard has a long history of associating with automobiles and racing, dating back to 1988, which is when the company became the official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia race in Italy. The ties with the automotive world began before 1988, though, as the owners of Chopard, Karl-Friedrich, and Karl Scheufele – who own collectible vintage and classic cars – were already participating in the Mille Miglia in the 1980s. Interestingly, according to Ralph Simons, the CEO of Chopard USA, the initial intention was not to create a commercially successful timepiece collection – it was instead developed with the idea of making a watch for the Mille Miglia participants. It did become of commercial success, of course, and Chopard has been the official timekeeper of the Mille Miglia ever since. The strong automobile and racing association continues to this day.

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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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