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Chopard – An Officer and a gentleman
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Chopard – An Officer and a gentleman

Monday, 08 May 2017
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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From the front, an exquisite, hand-guilloché dial with honeycomb pattern. From the back, an officer-type cover, also with guillochage, that opens to reveal the L.U.C 96.01-L ultra-thin movement. The L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer matches distinction with discretion.

The spirit of L.U.C XPS watches has always been imbued with a sense of discretion and refinement. With its guilloché dial, its hinged officer-type back cover, the new L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer remains entirely true to this chosen path. The honeycomb motif appearing on the outside of the back cover matches that of the dial, naturally catching the light and capturing the gaze. Only a closer look reveals the true nature of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer, when the wearer presses the crown to open the back cover concealing its sapphire crystal case-back. Its hinge enables it to open at a precise 90° angle and to hold that position. Refinement is a private matter, which is why the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer is intended for men of good taste.

Artistry and ritual

Officer-type back covers served to protect pocket watch glasses, as well as providing space for unique and personalised engravings. With the transition to the wrist, the watch industry no longer had any real need for these precious ‘bonnets’ concealing the ‘engine’, yet the sense of artistry and ritual remained.

The dial of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer is in solid gold. Its outer section is sunburst satin-brushed and the small seconds is finely grooved. A hand-guilloché honeycomb motif adorns the central part, a motif appearing in an enlarged version on the outside of the back cover. This design carved out of the material refers to two key landmarks in the history of Chopard.

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer
Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer
The horological excellence of Chopard Manufacture

A single press on the crown-integrated pusher of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer is enough to open the hinged back cover, as a pleasing prelude to a fascinating discovery. This slender ‘shield’ barely changes the volume of the watch which remains a mere 7.7 mm thick, nor its feel on the wrist. It merely serves to conceal – inside the 18-carat white gold case with its vertical satin-brushed flanks – the ultra-slim L.U.C 96.01-L calibre, finished according to the highest standards of Chopard Manufacture.

The L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer proudly bears the “Poinçon de Genève” quality hallmark. This aesthetic and technical certification is approved by an independent authority and governed by a law promulgated by the Canton of Geneva, dictating the conditions of peerless excellence. These criteria apply to the case and the movement, including structural elements, precision and the omnipresence of superlative surface finishing.

Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer
Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer

The automatic winding of L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L is handled by an engraved micro-rotor in 22-carat gold, whose high inertia optimises its efficiency. It supplies two barrels stacked in accordance with Chopard’s patented Twin® technology and guaranteeing a 65-hour power reserve. They enable the movement to beat with chronometer-certified precision.

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