Chopard at Basel World 2016 – L.U.C XPS 1860, the reintepretation of a great classic

Among the novelties for the most important event of the watch industry, Chopard created a wonderful men’s watch with a retro style, the L.U.C XPS 1860.

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In reality this model is a contemporary interpretation of the first watch of the L.U.C collection, launched 20 years ago. It  combines discreet elegance and sobriety with the first Chopard Manufacture movement: the L.U.C Calibrce 96.01-L.

The L.U.C XPS 1860 is a decidedly contemporary timepiece. It has a 40 mm diameter that makes it truly universal. Its short, ergonomic lugs ensure a perfect fit on even the smallest wrists. With a total thickness of just 7.2 mm, it is very much part of the ultra-thin category. Its elegance is enhanced by its distinctive dial on which the central part bears a sophisticated hand-guilloché motif radiating out from the logo at 12 o’clock. The L.U.C XPS 1860 comes in a version with an 18-carat rose gold case, produced in a 100-piece limited series featuring a gold dial.

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Its Calibre 96.01-L, the first movement created by Chopared Manufacture, is automatically wound via a 22-carat gold micro-rotor, a rare horological speciality that is practical as well as ensuring slimness. The micro-rotor winding system was a device developed and patented by the Buren Watch Co in 1954 and it is used by several high-end watch brands. 

The caliber is endowed with Twin® technology, ensuring a 65-hour power reserve well beyond the usual standards for ultra-thin watches.

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Moreover, the L.U.C XPS 1860s is one of the very rare ultra-thin watches to display the date.

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Like all L.U.C watches with a seconds indication, it is chronometer-certified by the COSC. It bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark that distinguishes the quality of its construction and its finishing as well as its resilience to the trials of daily life, as while also guaranteeing its exclusive nature. This refinement and these certifications betoken both the full maturity and the complete mastery achieved by Chopard Manufacture.

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Reference: 161946-5001 – 18 ct rose gold – 100-piece limited edition.

Suggested retail price: 22,790 USD 

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