News Baselworld 2012

L.U.C. XP Skeletec

Ultra-thin transparency

The Watch Quote™ - August 21st, 2012



The latest addition to the XP line is the sophisticated and elegant L.U.C XP Skeletec epitomising the philosophy of essentials. Its mechanical self-winding movement, L.U.C Calibre 96.17-S, takes the art of meticulous workmanship to extreme lengths. This ultra-thin movement equipped with two barrels is the first skeletonised calibre produced by Chopard Manufacture.



After launching several Tech models with openworked dials, Chopard is moving a step further in the art of meticulous craftsmanship with the L.U.C XP Skeletec model, revealing one of the most demanding accomplishments in the field of Haute Horlogerie: an ultra-thin skeletonised movement.




An ultra-thin skeletonised movement

Ultra-thin L.U.C Calibre 96.17-S, the first skeletonised movement ever made by Chopard Manufacture, features a blend of technical sophistication and refined elegance. This self-winding calibre beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz), boasts a 65-hour power reserve thanks to the Twin® technology, a Chopard-patented system combining two coaxial barrels and representing a truly remarkable technical feat in light of the extreme slenderness of the 3.3 mm-thick movement. Its mainplate adorned with Côtes de Genève on the dial side, as well as its bridges, are meticulously openworked to reveal its inner workings. The latter are rhodium-plated black and create a contrast that cleverly highlights the gilded gear wheels visible both on the dial side and through the back.




Distinctive design

The nickel-plated sunburst satin-brushed dial forming a ring between the case and the heart of the watch enables clear readability of the time. The unexpected two-tone effect it creates with the 18-carat rose gold case adds considerable strength of character to this model that derives unique elegance from this distinctive design feature. Two gilded Dauphine-type hands and the inscription L.U.Chopard on the glareproofed sapphire crystal further enhance the refined appearance of this 39.5 mm-diameter ultra-thin watch.



The L.U.C XP Skeletec watch comes on an alligator leather strap with an 18-carat rose gold pin buckle. It is issued in a 288-piece limited series.

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Chopard L.U.C XP Skeletec

Technical characteristics


Case:18-carat rose gold
Total diameter:39.50 mm
Thickness:7.13 mm
Water resistance:30 metres
Crown:18-carat rose gold with L.U.C logo: 4.00 mm
Crystal:Glareproofed sapphire crystal with L.U.Chopard inscription
Exhibition back:with glareproofed sapphire crystal
Movement:Mechanical self-winding skeletonised movement
L.U.C 96.17-S
Total diameter:27.40 mm
Thickness:3.30 mm
Number of jewels:29
Frequency:28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve:65 hours
Bridges:adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Two barrels:Twin® technology
Dial:Nickel-plated sunburst satin-brushed dial
Hour-markers:Gilded
Hands:Gilded Dauphine hour and minute hands
Functions:Central hour and minute display
Strap:Hand-sewn matt brown alligator leather
Buckle:18-carat rose gold pin buckle
Ref.:161936-5001 – In 18-carat rose gold
Limited edition:288-piece

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