Chopard has just launched a new tonneau-shaped COSC-certified watch called the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru. This new watch with the unusual wine-related name has both a slim curved case and a curved automatic movement that fits snugly into the 18 carat rose gold case.
The latest member of the L.U.C tonneau family, the Grand Cru is a personal baby of Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.
The Grand Cru remains typical of the L.U.C line, which means that its design is sober and classic, with a lacquered white with broad Roman numerals and red accents. Along with the time there is a snailed small seconds sub dial at 6 o’clock into which is embedded a date window. All the hands are gilded Dauphine to match the case metal.
The case is, by current standards, in the ‘medium range’ of sizing, at 38.5mm x 38.8mm, with a thickness of 7.74mm. This is good news for those who prefer their dress watches not just slim but also moderately sized. It features a curved vertical satin-bushed middle section, polished bezel, and polished case back.
One of the reasons that the watch manages to be slim is that the L.U.C 97.01-L movement is 3.30mm thick. The in-house Calibre L.U.C 97.01-L beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of 65 hours. It features a 22 carat gold micro-rotor and Chopard’s patented Twin Technology (two barrels) system. Bridges are decorated with Côtes de Genève. Also, it bears the Geneva Seal (Poinçon de Genève).
The new Grand Cru comes on a hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap with alligator leather lining and a rose gold pin buckle.