I do love a jumping hour watch, and Chopard have just launched their first, called the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25. The number in the name alludes to this new model celebrating twenty-five years of the Chopard Manufacture.
The 40mm case is made from ethically source 18 kt rose gold and features soft rounded curves. It frames a white Grand Feu enamel dial with a rose gold framed hour window at 6 o’clock, and the minutes circling the entire dial. Chopard’s rationale for placing the hour at 6 o’clock rather than 12 o’clock is that it means that the minutes hand will not obscure the window when there is a change of hours.
In case you’re wondering, no it’s not just he movement that is in-house. The enamel dial is as well. On an 18 kt rose gold base, it is repeatedly fired at 820°C before being polished into a subtle domed dial surface. The numerals, L.U.C. branding and railway track are all black enamel.
Visible through an open case back is the manually-wound L.U.C 98.06-L. With a thickness of 4.85mm, it has four stacked and coupled four barrels and eight days of power reserve. The movement bridges have Côtes de Genève finishing.
With its combination of rose gold and enamel this is a very classically styled piece, with a similarly classical jump hour complication. Coming in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the L.U.C Quattro 25 has an RRP of EUR 44,500.
[Photo credit: Chopard]