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The ethical precious metal case houses a unique blue dial with a galvanic treatment and an original arrangement with an off-centred small seconds hand at 7 o’clock and an off-set crown at 4 o’clock – perfectly placed to highlight the applied red-gold Arabic “16” that singles this watch out as a unique piece. This is confirmed by a special engraving on the case back, which also has a sapphire crystal aperture revealing the L.U.C 96.09-L calibre that passed all those tests. Using Chopard’s trademarked Twin® technology, this self-winding movement with a 22-carat gold micro rotor offers a power reserve of 65 hours. But this high-performance movement is just 3.30mm thick and thus allows for an ultra-slim 7.20mm case to make this unique piece an extremely elegant watch.
Brice Lechevalier is the founder of GMT, the watch magazine of reference in Switzerland, founder of the Geneva Watch Tour and director of Europe’s leading watch news website, WorldTempus. Twelve major watchmakers have entrusted him with the task of designing a unique commemorative piece to mark the 16th anniversary of WorldTempus.
This watch has quite an interesting history. It all started with a conversation in the middle of Baselworld, at the legendary Hôtel des Trois Rois, between yours truly, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, and his wife Christine. The day before, I had fallen head over heels for the L.U.C XPS Twist, and Chopard’s proprietors were quickly convinced of the wisdom of creating a blue dial for this one-off piece (it’s usually anthracite), and making it stand out even further with a number 16 in gold (for the 16th anniversary of WorldTempus). The dial alone is worth a small fortune, and we’re offering it for the same price.