Replica Suppliers Introducing The Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Red Carpet Edition Watch


By Harlan Chapman-Green

Chopard has a solid reputation in the world of luxury and has used some powerful connections to maximise its brand awareness. The chief among those being, of course, the Mille Miglia, but it is also connected to another famous event based in continental Europe: the Cannes Film Festival. This event, perhaps the most prestigious event in the cinema year, except the Oscars of course. Look around the Cannes Film Festival and you’ll see the Chopard logo in the backdrops of photos, it’s even got its own award, the Trophée Chopard, which recognises young actors and actresses and aims to kickstart their career.

When the lovely folks at Chopard aren’t busy crafting the Palme d’Or or designing another GPHG award-winning watch, they are instead focusing on how to extend their repertoire to cover as much of the watchmaking spectrum as possible. One exciting route they’ve gone down this time is special editions. Of course, it’s not like this is Chopard’s first-ever special edition watch, but they are more conservative than some of their rivals when it comes to it.

 

It was his thought and project to create Chopard to a vertically integrated and, hence, safely separate, watch manufacture — their very first movement they produced in 1996 and since then have been on a roll, using self-developed chronographs, insanely complicated perpetual calendar chronograph, “All In One” watches, and simply the best sounding minute repeater into date.All this, and yet the Scheufele family remains almost completely behind the scenes of Chopard — in fact, that “Grand Cru” designation is the only event I could think of when it is something personal to them which was inserted to some Chopard watch. It’s the most shy and timid way, as they are placing a reference to something that is their private hobby and fire on a Chopard watch.The connected story is that the Scheufele family have recently acquired a vineyard and chateau — after some 20 decades of study, to fulfill their passion for wine-making. In reality, I’ve gotten to know Karl-Friedrich Scheufele as a obsessive perfectionist for his passions, namely watches and wine, in addition to vintage cars. The motives which led him to pursue the vineyard essentially offer the same sort of drive that led to his invention and success of their Chopard L.U.C division.However, Chopard should ideally find a way to charge the Scheufele’s for what they have done to create Chopard to exactly what it is and turn this into a personal, relatable element — but, with the best will in the world, I seriously doubt that the above-mentioned narrative will be received and then forwarded onto the consumer by even the most inspired Chopard sales staff. Maybe if more people were educated about the Scheufele family as well as their role in creating Chopard exactly what it is now, there would be a stronger link between this watch and how its identity is equally presented and promoted.

This particular watch draws attention to the Cannes Film Festival, mainly, to the feature all famous movie stars get to experience: the red carpet. The dial of this watch is a deep and lustrous red, divided into sections by hand cut guilloché; the watch stands out among others. Reflecting the artistry of the Palme d’Or (which Chopard Co-President Caroline Scheufele redesigned in 1997) and the jewellery worn on the red carpet, this watch is crafted to the highest standards.

 

The movement, calibre 96.01 – L, has been awarded the Geneva Seal which demonstrates the construction and finishing prowess of the company. Let’s not also forget that this calibre is a personal favourite of some of horology’s elite independent craftsmen and has been described as “probably the finest automatic movement being produced in Switzerland today”. That movement has gorgeous Geneva waves engraved onto it as well as a luscious sunburst guilloché on the micro-rotor. It runs for 65 hours when it’s been set down thanks to Chopard’s Twin Barrel technology, and has an operating rate of 4Hz. One thing Chopard does which I’m not such a fan of is print writing on the sapphire caseback, while it almost works on the sports watches, it does look entirely out of place on this dress watch.

Engulfing that lovely movement is an 18K solid white gold case, measuring 40mm in diameter. It’s Chopard’s signature case which is flat and thin, but very comfy on the wrist. It’s matched to a black alligator strap (I appreciate that they didn’t go red there which would make it unwearable) which doesn’t use calfskin leather on the underside to preserve longevity; it also feels great on the wrist.

Perhaps my favourite feature of the new limited edition is the set of diamonds for hour markers. We’re used to seeing factory diamond dials from Rolex and even Patek Philippe, but it’s rare for Chopard to put so few diamonds on one of their watches. Despite there being only a few of them, they will surely increase the price dramatically when it’s announced. There’s only going to be 10 made, though. For more info, visit Chopard online.

Replica Watches Free Shipping A Fortnight Review: 2 Weeks On The Wrist With The Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru Watch


By Harlan Chapman-Green

A fine wristwatch bears a lot of similarities to a fine wine: each has a different impact on a person and they are often associated because of their levels of luxury, however I very much doubt you’ll be able to walk properly if you have two weeks to spend with a huge barrel of wine. Not that you’ll be lacking in antioxidants and other vitamins, far from it, but you might find a few grey matter cells have been misplaced. Although a lot of people compare watches to scotch, probably because of its value, Chopard doesn’t, but there is a reason for this.

In his brief explanation on this particular note, Mr. Scheufele said the connection he sees and enjoys involving watch- and wine-making is that the two require a very long time to perform well, require a lot of flexibility, in addition to the understanding and utilization of both traditional and contemporary know-how. A main distinction is the way that mother nature can at the last minute strongly affect the quality of the wine — not so much that of their opinion, he joked (at this moment I could sense how mother nature and his own lack of compromise in seeking caliber have put him through several struggles while attempting to receive their Bergerac vineyard up to his standards). The Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru is an attractive watch that officially introduces a exceptional offering in a classic style tonneau watch that achieves both a slim case and an automatic movement. It’s a shame to see a watch that gets all (or many of) the minor and major details right but just stumbles a bit in messaging due to the way subtly its identity is communicated.The L.U.C lineup has always flown under the radar, allowing the watches speak for themselves. The Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru is an appealing watch that legitimately presents a unique offering in a timeless style Tonneau watch that achieves both a slim case and a automatic motion. It is priced at 22,300 CHF. Inspired by watchmaker and heritage father Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the L.U.C collection bearing his initials was home to arguably a number of Chopard’s greatest contemporary work. Well, that collection only got a new flagship wth the Geneva Seal-certified L.U.C Lunar One — a dashing perpetual calendar watch with a moon phase indicator, cased in platinum. Introduced in 2005, the Lunar One gets a new dial layout and a platinum event this year. No surprise here, however, the watch looks amazing and is yet another object of lust for all but 100 people who will get to call one of these their own.

As you may well know Chopard is owned by the Scheufele family, a brother and sister team consisting of Caroline & Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. This dynamic duo in the world of luxury have many interests from movies and fashion to old motorsports and fine wines, it’s this connection that inspires the Heritage Grand Cru. The family even owns its own vineyard in the Dordogne region of France, Château Monestier La Tour, a producer of fine wines and currently my favourite white as well (I can’t help it, I lost track of how much we had when we visited Chopard back in March), alas I am digressing already.

Before this experience believe it or not but I’d never actually worn a tonneau-shaped watch before, sure I’ve written about them often enough, and I do like the looks of things such as the Vacheron Constantin Malte and Breguet’s Héritage collection, but this one is a bit different from those in a few ways. In fact, I’d go so far as to say this watch is an amalgamation of both, a combination if you will, a combination of the best parts of both watches. Admittedly, however, the Breguet’s influence on it is somewhat limited to the rounded tonneau shape as opposed to the more angular Malte, I know big deal right? Still, it’s something. The fact that it is this rounded shape is also somewhat coincidental given that the shape is that of a miniaturised wine barrel, given that a grand cru is a type of fine wine it all starts slipping into place.

The thing that greets you instantly when you see this watch is the dial and the depth and contrast of the markers on it. The dial itself is a pure white gloss, it isn’t actually ceramic but it could fool someone who doesn’t know what ceramic looks like under a loupe. Neither do I feel like it was meant to be ceramic but Chopard ran out of time or money for the project, it looks great as is. I couldn’t capture it with the camera but there is a depth to the Roman numerals on this, they bubble up almost in the centre and are also deeply shiny, Chopard could choose to do away with the ‘CHRONOMETER’ writing on the dial, but it’s in a lighter font and isn’t very intrusive even when scrutinising the dial through a loupe. The icing on this so far monochromatic cake are the rose gold hands which have Chopard’s unique and distinctive gilded dauphine hands, while some think they just don’t look right I’d argue these gilded dauphines are more pleasing to the eye than the traditional design, although both sides are polished on this which means they shine like two golden swords.

The running small seconds hand positioned at 6 O’clock is the traditional dauphine style, however, with black markers as well. This leads me onto discussing the first of the albeit few flaws I’ve found with this timepiece. At 15, 45 & 60 seconds there are enlarged markers with numbers surrounding them, I feel that with the overall simplicity of the design of the watch these numbers are redundant. Anyone who knows fine timepieces knows what it means when the seconds hand is pointing directly upwards, and in any case the sub-seconds dial is too small to see very well anyway, but I’m certainly glad they didn’t use a central seconds hand instead so bonus points for that. It’s also nice to have a quickset date window on this watch too, it’s perfectly positioned at 6 O’clock replacing the 30 counter on the subdial, there isn’t a lot of visible depth to the date window as it should be, and the numbers are printed in the same shiny font as the rest of the dial.

When you put the watch on the wrist you’ll notice how light it is, even for a gold watch. It’s because of the fact that there isn’t actually that much gold on it. Before you jump to any conclusions it’s definitely not plated or anything like that, even the notion. No, it’s because the watch is pretty conservative in its sizing, the dimensions of the case are 38.5mm x 38.8mm and the delicately curved case is slender at 7.74mm. It’s also using a trick Lange does quite often to make the watch seem even thinner still, by polishing the bezel on the front and the caseback but brushing the sides of the case it makes it seem more like two shiny parts are floating seamlessly, a little touch can go a long way after all. The crown is a little on the small side in terms of diameter, but there isn’t a lot you could do without it becoming offensively large, it is still easy to operate and the seconds do hack on this piece which is a bonus when it comes to photographing the watch as not only can we get some lovely looks at the balance wheel when it isn’t operating at 4Hz, but also means I can set the time backwards so it’s easier to keep the watch at 10:10.

This neatly brings us to the main event of this watch, as much as I love the look of the dial and the feel of that cool 18K gold on my wrist, the pièce de résistance of the timepiece is the movement on this watch. There have been quite a few articles posted in the last three to five years regarding how serious Chopard is about Haute Horlogerie so I won’t need to go into super detail about that. Just for your information though, this watch is COSC chronometer rated and has also received the Poinçon de Genève, I won’t bore you with the details but there are several requirements regarding the quality of assembly and decoration.  This watch is not QF (Qualité Fleurier) rated, though I do seem to recall that this could be a possibility if a customer so desired, for a fee of course.

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Replica Guide Trusted Dealers Baselworld 2017: Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition Watch (Live Pics)


By Harlan Chapman-Green

We are once again back to talk once more about Chopard which we have been doing quite a lot recently. Don’t worry, we shall reveal all once the mania that is Baselworld has subsided, until then here’s our look at one of the watches presented by Chopard at this year’s show in Basel, Switzerland. While yes, most of the releases seen were either for women or dress watches, Chopard has been working away on creating new sports watches. Let’s get straight down to business.

This latest at Chopard’s deservedly vaunted L.U.C branch is called after the differentiation given to the most outstanding levels of wine produced… Though, how these two different fields of fine living resonate we will try not only to explain, but also detect ourselves.Reminiscent and similar to the Chopard L.U.C XP Tonneau watch, the Heritage Grand Cru is an unusual bit from Chopard according to case shape alone — more on this in a bit. A glance at its spec sheet gives away an automatic, tonneau-shaped, 3.3mm thick motion wrapped inside an 18kt rose gold, tonneau-shaped case that steps only 38.5mm by 38.8mm, coming in at a slender 7.7millimeter thick.The curved middle section of this circumstance is vertical satin brushed while the bezel and place surrounding the exhibition case-back is glistening. At 6 o’clock is your small moments sub-dial, which can be snailed and has a gilded minutes hand. The minute and hour hands are dauphine design and will also be gilded.It is not unusual for gold palms on watches to be polished into a point where it’s not even worth asking about legibility in higher-light conditions. The gilded, i.e. plated gold palms here are vibrant but are quite legible from the sunlight and at different angles. Set against the glossy, trendy porcelain dial, the dauphine-fusée hour and second hands are properly angular and thoughtfully proportioned to get a tonneau-shaped case. Fusée means rocket in French and this particular sort of dauphine hands is Chopard’s own — something I continue to very much like regardless of the situation form and dial style they install it on. Their faceted sides and perfect length give them a lot of volume — and no watch can be taken seriously without appropriate palms.

The case is made of stainless steel. Heavy. Solid. Quality. We particularly liked how thick this watch is, it is definitely not sleek by any means. The sides of the case aren’t rounded, they’re flat and the bezel provides very little gain for a dress cuff. If you extended your cuffs a bit it could work quite well with a shirt and tie sans jacket.

The colour combinations aren’t in your face and the black strap absorbs some of the light. The 44mm case is nearly 14mm thick too, but it’s completely polished to a mirror finish, no brushing to be seen here. The bezel on this watch isn’t ceramic, some will be delighted to hear, instead, it’s good ol’ fashioned painted aluminium which has been fixed into place. The 8mm diameter crown of the watch has been given a cool little sports car steering wheel design, reminiscent of the cars that would’ve raced in the Mille Miglia and the pushers have their own distinct grippy texture. The steel case keeps the watch water resistant to 100m, not too shabby considering it’s a chrono.

The movement isn’t visible, however, it’s been hidden behind a decorated caseback inscribed with the Mille Miglia logo and chequered race flags to give it a sportier feel. The movement inside the watch is not an ETA based one you’ll be glad to hear, what would otherwise be a deal breaker for some. Yes, the rumours are true that Chopard is doing all it can to take all of its watches away from outsourced movements and this can only increase people’s opinion of the company. Each ‘engine’ has been tested by COSC to ensure a chronometer level of accuracy, without the chronograph running the movement will run for 48 hours. Being family run and independent, these sort of things matter more to Mr. and Mrs. Sheufele than big corporations like Swatch and Richemont.

Because there’s a face that potential partners can put to the company, it makes it a lot easier for collaborations such as this one to happen. The subtle racing inspired engine turned (perlage) dial glints in the light but not in a way that would be too distracting as it isn’t fully polished. You’d notice it standing out in the boutique window when compared to the other Mille Miglia watches. Not to say that they are poor watches as this couldn’t be further from the truth, but the 2017 Race Edition has a little extra occasion about it, like turning up to a classic car show in a Jaguar E-Type.

Red accents placed around the watch make it fit in even further with the aesthetic of the motor industry, not only is there the red Mille Miglia logo placed around the date window (a nice touch we rather like), there’s also a red band inside the bezel which adds a splash of colour more watches need. It’s good that this wasn’t placed with other colours, so often these days make watches featuring quite contrasting colours such as red and yellow on one watch. Remember, classic sports cars are designed to perform first and look pretty second although there are some exceptions to this (look up the Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic, pretty no?).

The chronograph on the dial has been given a 6, 9, 12 layout, which is rarer than the 3, 6, 9 that most manufactures use. What this means is that all the subdials are on the left-hand side of the watch, rather than being placed at the bottom like on an Omega Speedmaster. The chronograph subdials are painted with red to show that sports mode has been engaged, while the running seconds for the watch has been given a black paint treatment and then placed at 9 O’clock.

The best thing about old sports cars is that they perform while keeping their composure. If you look at modern cars of today, to get the highest performance variant of a model often means wings and splitters and alloys and laser guns and stuff need to be added to the car which can sometimes make it pretty ugly. Looking at older Alfa Romeos and Maseratis and such, these cars often won the Mille Miglia and other events with a lot of engine tuning inside and only a few racing stickers outside. This is why we think the Chopard Mille Miglia Race edition fits so well with the Mille Miglia, because it performs all the necessary functions of any chronograph watch while looking confident about itself. While the polished case sides and lugs might be prone to scratches if this is a daily wear, the pelage dial definitely balances it out. The red accents make it stand out during the day, and the lumed hands and indices make it stand out at night, it’s not only a cool watch but a petrolhead’s ideal timepiece. Shame it’s limited to 1000 pieces, but that just means you have to get in faster. For more info, please visit chopard.com