Not only did Chopard present a new limited edition of its most sought-after model, the L.U.C Lunar One, at Baselworld this year; it also updated its L.U.C collection with a head-turningly cool new ultra-thin version featuring a hand-guilloché dial and a hinged officer-type back cover.
The new 100-piece limited edition of the L.U.C Lunar One comes in a case made entirely from 950 platinum, with vertical textured satin-brushed sides and a polished bezel and lugs. Introduced in 2005, the L.U.C Lunar One, with a calibre 96.13-L at its heart, features three indications on its blue, sunray-patterned dial: a perpetual calendar, a large date and an astronomical moon-phase display. It is one of only a tiny number of perpetual self-winding calendar timepieces.
Also in a 100-piece limited edition, the new L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer features a case and dial of solid 18k white gold. The beautiful hand-guilloché dial comes with a satin-brushed outer section and a honeycomb motif in the centre. The same motif appears on the outside of the officer-type back cover, originally conceived as a way of protecting pocket watches and providing storage space, which opens to reveal the ultra-thin L.U.C 96.01-L movement.
The spirit of the seven seas is summoned up by the latest addition to Chopard’s much-loved Happy Diamonds collection, in which unset diamonds are free to dance between the watch’s two sapphire-crystal panels. Perfect for deep-sea adventurers, Happy Ocean, with five floating diamonds, is water-resistant to 30 bar, features a unidirectional rotating bezel in blue and either turquoise or raspberry, and is designed for easy handling underwater. Based on the entirely in-house self-winding movement 01.01-C, it also comes in a jewellery version, water-resistant to 10 bar, with an 18k-carat white-gold case, a navy mother-of-pearl dial and a fixed bezel set with diamonds, sapphires and rubies or topazes.