By Harlan Chapman-Green
If you remember last year, we revealed to you a hands-on with the Chopard L.U.C. XP last year, which took on a new almost hipster-ish vibe with its blue colouring and exciting materials. For Baselworld in 2018, Chopard unveils a continuation of this blue theme. However, it’s in the guise of a different watch in the L.U.C. collection, the Quattro.
What is the Quattro, and where did the name come from? Chopard has been tied in with Porsche for some time now, so it couldn’t be anything to do with the venerable Audi Quattro. I’ll tell you, it comes from the number of barrels the watch has: four. These four barrels in the watch give it exceptional power, meaning a long power reserve of 9 days. It’s also got a smoother delivery of all this power, as the barrels act as brakes to each other, meaning that this watch also has a COSC chronometer rating. Add to that a beautiful movement with Geneva Seal approved finishing and you can start to appreciate why we here at WristReview consider some of these L.U.C. watches equal to if not superior to Patek Philippe pieces.
But even in all that activity, the heavy blue sunray dial up is possibly the very best possible canvas to comparison all the polished indicators and elements delineating the info on every register. Be aware that the sunray texture ratdiates not in the center, but from the Chopard logo. The Lunar One’s alternating polished and brushed platinum case measures an extremely full 43mm wide, and squeezing this opinion in a case any smaller would be just about impossible. The fact that the watch is 11.47mm thick will probably keep it from appearing too large on the wrist for those who may be prone to a smaller case.The subdials do appear to me to be squeezing the numerals around them. It gives me the exact same sense like I’m unlucky enough to have the center seat on a plane, packed with two individuals too wide for their own seats. The feeling of those subdials being somewhat “bloated” definitely makes the notion of this opinion being even one millimeter thinner look as a balloon-popping proposition.The Calibre 96.13-L beating within is regarded as Chopard’s crown jewel, hardly a small accomplishment at a stable of pretty interesting calibers at both ends of this complication spectrum. Requiring modification just once every 122 years (hypothetically speaking), the perpetual calendar nicely matches the moon phase indicator, but it is no typical moon phase indicator using a static aperture displaying the present shape of the moon. This one is an “astronomical moon phase” complication which orbits the 6:00 register in accordance with its proper stage and astronomical positioning at the nighttime sky.
The movement, however, hasn’t changed much for this new variant. It’s the dial that’s been given the most attention. The most striking change to it is the inclusion of blued steel hands and indices, these contrast the 18K polished rose gold of the case but match the blue strap. You’ll also see that the dial has changed a little as well, instead of classy Roman numerals the more relaxed numbers and pointed markers take place. I’m glad to see, however, that the Chopard signature Dauphine hands are kept and left to sparkle in all their glory. Joining them is the power reserve at the top of the dial highlighting the full nine days, and at the bottom is a subdial which combines both running seconds and a classy rotary date indicator.
Unfortunately, there will only be fifty examples of this particular watch made, but I’m hoping there are more similar versions to come. Perhaps, we could even see this Quattro technology twinned with more complications in the future. The retail price is €23,300. For more info, visit Chopard online.