To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Chopard launches LUC Full Strike Sapphire
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the LUC collection, replica Chopard watches presents a premium minute repeater watch. Limited to five pieces, this timepiece excels in many ways and creates several firsts in the high-end watch world.
First, this Haute Horlogerie watch comes in a case made entirely of sapphire crystal. The case, crown, caseback, lugs and dial of the LUC Full Strike Sapphire are made of this very hard, scratch-resistant and durable material. The beauty of the underlying mechanics from all sides. In addition, the uniformity of the minerals has a positive effect on the sound quality.
In addition, the LUC Full Strike Sapphire is the first non-metal case watch to receive the prestigious Geneva Seal. Most importantly, the hand-wound LUC 08.01-L movement, composed of no less than 533 components, provides a 60-hour power reserve and is also certified by the COSC Observatory.
Like the LUC Full Strike watch launched in 2016, which won the Grand Prix de la Horlogerie de Genève a year later, the minute repeater uses a solid sapphire gong and sapphire crystal as a resonant body. LUC Full Strike Sapphire complements this resonant structure with further innovations, four of which have been patented. In a minute repeater, the energy required by the striking mechanism is supplied each time the winding lever is actuated. Here, energy comes from a separate dedicated barrel wound directly by the crown.Chopard ALPINE EAGLE XL CHRONO 298609-3003
It enables the LUC Full Strike Sapphire to fire up to 12 times during the most complex and energy-intensive hours of the day (or night) (i.e. 12 hours and 59 minutes). This particular autonomy is due to several factors. It benefits from the contribution of a patented clutch lever mechanism, which ensures that the striking mechanism is prevented from running during the collection of information that controls the minute repeater, in order to avoid loss of power reserve.
This autonomy is also the result of the Chopard Manufacture's experience in using multiple barrels. The inaugural movement of the LUC collection – the LUC Calibre 96.01-L, launched 25 years ago – has adopted the Chopard Twin technology, whose two overlapping barrels provide a durable and reliable power transmission. Because it has an autonomous energy source, the percussion system systematically respects a defined rhythm, regardless of the timing and number of strokes.fashion replica watches
To keep the minute repeater as user-friendly as possible and to make its operation as safe as possible, the Chopard Manufacture has developed a number of innovative systems. For example, if the barrel no longer has enough force to power the minute repeater, a safety mechanism prevents its release. In addition, Chopard has patented a new percussion activation mechanism. Once activated, the button disengages so as not to interfere with the operation of the minute repeater or damage it.
To complete the sound quality of the sapphire crystal mainspring, Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele collaborated with the famous French artist brothers Renaud Capuçon (violinist) and Gautier Capuçon (cellist) and principal cellist Professor Romain Boulandet. Laboratory of Applied Acoustics, HEPIA Faculty of Engineering, Geneva. Their tests in an anechoic chamber completely cut off from any external noise have proven that the repeats per minute are pure, powerful, harmonious and clear.wholesale replica watches
While the inner workings of the LUC Full Strike Sapphire were the highlight of the show, the dial is also worth paying attention to. Also made of sapphire, it highlights the first-class processing quality of the skeletonized movement. The black peripheral orbital minute track complements the chapter ring with rhodium-plated applied hour-markers. At 3 o'clock, Chopard has integrated a concentric power-reserve indicator, two hands indicating the remaining energy of the movement and the striking time.