CHOPARD : L.U.C. Time Traveler One

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In part as a celebration of two decades of its Manufacture, Chopard has just launched announced two new L.U.C. Travel-related watches, one a GMT/ dual time and the second, which is the subject of today’s post, called the L.U.C. Time Traveler One, the brand’s first L.U.C. world timer.

It is 42mm in size with a thickness of 12.09 and will come in in three versions :
1. Stainless steel with a black sunburst dial with slate grey/ silver 24-hour disc and orange accents.
2. 18 carat rose gold with a silvered dial with deep blue world time 24-hour disc
3. Platinum with a blue-tinged grey dial and silvered 24-hour disc.

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If we start at the centre, the first hand indicates the date, followed by the hours and minutes of the local time and then the 24-hour ring which operates with the disc with the cities for the standard twenty-four time zones.

There are two crowns at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock; the former adjusts the local time and date, and the latter is used to adjust the world time functionality to synchronise with the local time zone.

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Inside is an new in-house automatic Calibre 01.05-L, with a 60-hour power reserve and COSC-certified chronometer (as noted on the dial).

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Chopard’s L.U.C. Collection are my favourite of their lines for their focus on function and simple, clean and classic (but modern) looks. Of these three, it is to my surprise that the one with the orange accents speaks loudest for me. Surprising because orange is not a colour that I particularly like, but here it just seems to work really well in making this version look well, sportily cool. I am, however, visualising it on a black strap with orange contrast stitching…

Partner site #thewatchnerd attended the Time Traveler One’s launch in London, and had this to say about L.U.C’s first world timer :

“As part of Chopard’s 20th anniversary celebration of their L.U.C manufacture, the Fleurier-based brand has released two interesting takes on dual-time watches. The sportier compressor-style GMT One is relatively restrained, with a fairly sombre day-night indicator on its 24-hour rotating inner dial. While I wasn’t able to operate the watch myself – all models stayed firmly behind glass – I’ve been told that there’s a satisfying click to the operation, reminiscent of Peter Roberts’ “Roto-Click” for Bremont. The display back shows off a well-executed in-house calibre (the new 01.10-L) with 60 hour power reserve which appears to be up to L.U.C’s usual beautifully finished standards. The triangle-tipped GMT hand reminds me of a number of other models, but that doesn’t detract from the overall aesthetic. It’s a strong offering in an already crowded market, even without a true GMT complication.

There is a slightly smaller market for World Traveller watches of the nature of the Chopard L.U.C Time Traveller One, although it is one that is growing. Rather than use a projection of the globe on the dial, L.U.C’s designers have added an adjustable double ring around the dial, similar to the old worldtimer bezels. The inclusion of the second time zone and an inner date ring should have created a cacophony of noise, but somehow the whole piece hangs together in a rather pleasing manner, perhaps due to clever use of colour and slightly larger 42mm diameter. At its heart is another chamfered and striped new calibre – the 41 jewel L.U.C 01.05-L – which also has a 60 hour power reserve. With an entry price for the steel version of just over GBP10k, this is a very tempting offering.”

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If you’ve been looking for a world timer watch then 2016 has seen rich new offerings for this function. Click here for others that we have covered this year.

[Photos with thanks to our partner #thewatchnerd who attended a cocktail evening launch held at Phillips as their guest]



Categories: Chopard, GMT/ dual/ worldtimer, watches

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