HANDS-ON : Chopard L.U.C Chrono One Flyback

Named for founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the LUC collection has been where the eponymous brand have focused on exhibiting fine watchmaking since its launch. They celebrated 10 years of L.U.C. with a limited edition 10 CF Chrono One in 2006, and in 2007, introduced a new in-house integrated chronograph movement into the 11CF, now known as the Calibre L.U.C 03.03-L. This year, they have launched the new L.U.C. Chrono One Flyback in two versions – 250 in stainless steel and another 100 in a new material called Titalyt®. Today’s post is about the second of these, one of the finalists in the GPHG 2019 awards.

Containing the same movement as their predecessors, these two new versions also mark the first use of non precious materials for the model, as well as some design modifications such a stepped bezel, new arrow-shaped applied markers, and a new L.U.Chopard signature at 12 o’clock.

Both of these two versions of the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback have a case that is 42mm and 13.42mm thick with 100m water resistance.

The first of these two new versions of the L.U.C Chrono One Flyback is in stainless steel, with vertical satin-brushed sides and polished bezel and lugs. The dial accompanying this 250-piece limited model is grey with a fine vertical satin-brushed motif.

The second new Chrono One Flyback which is the subject of today’s post is limited to 100 pieces, and more casual and sporty. Unlike the steel model, the use of Titalyt® makes this one dark, matte, lighter, and more tactile. Titalyt® is a patented procedure in which Titanium is subjected to electro-plasma oxidation to increase hardness and abrasion resistance. It was previously used for their L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon. The pushers and crown are also in Titalyt®.

Chopard say that the dial is ‘military green’ but in the metal under artificial lighting, which are the conditions under which I saw it, I found it less ‘green’ and leaning more towards almost a brown-ish colour. Whatever you wish to call it, the colour does work with the case, and it is also used for the date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. The 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock all have rhodium-plated stainless steel rims. The hour markers/ ’12’, and hands are also plated stainless steel, and the hands containing Super-LumiNova.

Beneath the open case back you can see the COSC-certified Calibre L.U.C 03.03-L flyback chronograph movement with a stop seconds. Beating at 28,800VPH, it has a power reserve of 60 hours.

Strapwise it’s brown calfskin with brown calfskin leather lining, and a polished Titalyt® folding clasp. To wear it’s light and comfortable, and I like the look and feel of Titalyt®. This is probably one for L.U.C. fans who are looking for a sporty chrono that they won’t have to worry much about scratching, and who like knowing that there’s a tried and tested movement inside.

The RRP is CHF 28,200 including tax.

 

[My thanks to The Hour Glass Australia, at which I took these photos during the GPHG 2019 travelling exhibition]



Categories: Baselworld 2019, Chopard, chronograph, Limited Editions, Sydney, Watch exhibition, Watch Profile, watches

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