Chopard honors traditional forms of craftsmanship by associating the charms of Urushi, an ancestral decorative technique, with the understated lines of its L.U.C XP: an extremely refined ultra-thin timepiece equipped with a mechanical self-winding movement, L.U.C Calibre 96.17-L.
The quintessence of the ancestral Japanese art of Urushi, combined with the ultimate degree of Swiss horological refinement: such in a nutshell is the nature of the new L.U.C XP 2014 “Year of the Horse” special edition. Its entirely hand-painted dial honours Asia by celebrating the year of the horse in the Chinese calendar using Japanese-inspired traditional artistic techniques. It depicts a noble prancing horse, adorned with lotus flowers – a plant symbolising personal fulfilment due to its ability to rise unsullied from the muddy waters where it is rooted, in order to blossom in the light. The horse, the seventh sign of the Chinese calendar composed of 12 animals, loves to travel towards new horizons. It is a free-spirited creature endowed with a nomadic spirit. Ancestral wisdom credits it with a strong attachment to defending family values and the cause of the weak. Tradition thus holds that people born in the year of the horse are generally characterised by their devotion, their energy and their creativity.
Maki-e, a technique derived from the art of Urushi, consists of sprinkling the lacquered coating with metal powder – in this case gold – in order to accentuate its outlines. The gold dust is applied using bamboo tubes and small natural-hair brushes in order to trace extremely fine lines. This art requires a degree of skill and meticulous care such as only a few experienced Urushi specialists still master.
The watchmakers of Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier have accomplished this feat thanks to the clever construction of the off-centred micro-rotor. Entirely hand decorated by the House artisans in accordance with the principles of traditional fine watchmaking, L.U.C Calibre 96.17-L may be admired through the exhibition back of the 18-carat rose gold case. Fitted with a black alligator leather strap, the L.U.C XP Urushi 2014 “Year of the Horse” special edition is delivered in a dedicated presentation box, also decorated using Urushi techniques. Black on the outside and Maki-e gold on the inside, it is shaped like an octagon – the oriental symbol of gaiety – complete with a silk fastening cord.
Ref. : 161902-5052 – in 18-carat rose gold with a special “Year of the Horse” dial
- 18-carat rose gold
- Total diameter: 39.50 mm
- Thickness: 6.80 mm
- Water resistance: 30 metres
- 18-carat rose gold crown with L.U.C logo: 4.00 mm
- Glareproofed sapphire crystal
- Mechanical self-winding: L.U.C 96.17-L
- Diameter: 27.40 mm
- Thickness: 3.30 mm
- Number of jewels: 29
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
- Power reserve: 65 hours
- Twin® Technology (two stacked barrels)
- Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève
Dial and hands:
- Dial adorned with a horse motif using the Urushi technique
- Gilt dauphine-type hour and minute hands
Functions and displays:
- Central display of the hours and minutes
Strap and buckle:
- Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap
- 18-carat rose gold pin buckle