A few years ago we looked at the simple and classically dressy L.U.C. XP. Yes it has been a bit of a gap between XPs, so to speak, but today we have the equally beautiful variant also in 18 carat white gold but with a sub-seconds, for those who prefer to have a seconds indicator on their watches.
With thanks to Chopard Australia I got to handle this watch. The L.U.C XPS is one of Chopard’s ultra-thin models, with a thickness of 7.13mm for the 39.50mm diamtre case. As a point of comparison, the XP is 6.98mm thick.
The dauphine hands and Arabic numbers (also white gold) are beautifully proportioned and the black dial has a slight sheen to it which makes it less visually ‘flat’ than some other black dials. Some black-dialled watches, even some released this year, seem to have more depth to the blackness in photos than they do ‘in the metal’, so if you see a stark black dial in a photo that appeals to you, be sure to see the actual piece as well if you are interested in getting the watch.
Inside is the automatic L.U.C. Cablire 96.12-L with a 65-hour power reserve and 22-carat gold oscillating weight, all visible through the sapphire crystal open case back. The movement is COSC-certified, with 28,800 VPH.
The XPS comes on a black alligator strap with matching 18 carat white gold buckle, and its Australian RRP is $19,970.
Even now, in thinking a bit about the XPS versus the XP, I am undecided as to which variant I prefer. I suspect it may depend on something as trivial as whether I am in the mood to see the seconds ticking, but they are both very attractive, and definitely watches worth considering for those who are looking for an elegant dark-dialled dress watch.