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L.U.C. Lunar One and Perpetual Chrono Hands-On

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This year at the Baselworld fair in March, Chopard debuted two limited edition versions of their flagship L.U.C. Perpetual timepieces cased in platinum with deep blue sunray dials. L.U.C Lunar One Originally produced in 2005, the Lunar One comes in a 43 mm x 11.47 mm case finished with vertical satin-brushed sides along with a polished bezel and lugs. Large applied Roman numerals are mirror-polished give the watch an unmistakable look while enhancing legibility. The moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock is not simply disc rotating beneath the dial but a number of components indicating the exact appearance and position of the moon as it orbits, with 122-year accuracy. Underneath the dial is automatic caliber L.U.C 96.13-L which features a 22K microtor that winds the watch up to its maximum 65-hour power reserve. Each movement is hand finished with beveled

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Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Hands-On

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As a follow up to the redesigned Mille Miglia XL Race Edition Chronograph that was introduced in 2016, this year Chopard redesigned the smaller 39 mm and 42 mm models within the related Classic Chronograph collection. The men’s Classic Chronograph 42 mm edition has an all-new case with a new crown, new pushers, and new lugs. The font for the numbers has been updated along with an open caseback. The lady’s Classic Chronograph 39 mm has received similar changes. His and Hers Mille Miglia Classic Chronographs (42 mm and 39 mm) The cases for the men’s versions measure 42 mm x 12.67 mm, which is a bit thicker than the 12.31 mm height of outgoing models. The lady’s timepieces measure 39 mm x 11.83 mm. All of the watches are equipped with an automatic 4Hz chronometer movement that measures 28.60

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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono US Limited Edition

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The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Chrono, which wrote about last year, was first created in 2004 in honor of the famous Monaco Historic Grand Prix racing event which Chopard has sponsored as the official timekeeper since 2002. According to Chopard, like the original, the new US limited edition model is inspired by “the power of a V12 car engine,” and “embodies Chopard’s passion for racing as well as its demanding horological standards.” The United States limited edition Monaco Historique Chronos are available in the same case as currently offered (44.5 mm x 14.10 mm), and powered by the same COSC certified automatic chronograph movement that runs at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has 25 jewels, and a 46-hour power reserve. The crown is locking and water-resistance is 100 meters. There are 100 numbered pieces crafted in titanium/stainless steel and 25 in

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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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