Some of you may remember Chopard’s launch, a year ago, of their first watch using ‘fair mined’ gold. At this year’s Baselworld they have launched a second model. The new L.U.C XPS Fairmined® watch is also a limited edition, but with a considerably larger 250-piece limitation (versus last year’s twenty-five).
Since 2013 Chopard has supported the development of the Coodmilla co-operative in the Nariño region of Colombia and intend to increase their use of Fairmined® gold from co-ops as well as supporting other co-ops to attain certification.
The case-back, middle case and bezel of the new 39.5mm sized L.U.C XPS Fairmined® are 18 carat RG using Fairmined gold; a certification guaranteeing that the gold has been responsibly mined and the miners have received fair payment and an overall premium, and made in accordance with the Green Carpet Challenge (GCC) ethical benchmarking.
Inside is the automatic Chopard Calibre 96.12-L which has, for the micro-rotor connoisseurs amongst you, an engraved one, along with chamfered bridges and a circular-grained and chamfered mainplate, all visible through an open caseback. Power reserve is 65-hours.
The dial is a sunburst satin-brushed grey galvanised dial with classic gilt dauphine hands and matching gilt markers. It comes on a hand-sewn black alligator vegetable tanned leather strap.
This watch highlights the long term partnership between Chopard and the South American NGO, The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), the organisation behind the Fairmined® standard for gold extracted by small-scale and artisanal methods.
For those who may be wondering about whether these fair mined pieces are made separatey to the other watches, Chopard have ensured that its use is about to be traced along the production line, segregating its production from the watches that do not use Fairmined gold. The gold waste is also dealt with seaprately.
The XPS is available only through Chopard boutiques. For further details on this program, go to my earlier post here.