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Travelers by Night: Chopard L.U.C GMT One and Time Traveler One Black Editions

by Mark Bernardo

Whether or not or not you’ll be needing a “vaccine passport” on your subsequent abroad journey, there’s one accent you’ll undoubtedly not wish to board your flight with out: a very good-looking luxurious timepiece to maintain monitor of time at your vacation spot and again dwelling. Thankfully, Chopard has a minimum of two new fashions that can match the invoice, each combining a up to date “stealth” look with user-friendly performance. Listed below are the L.U.C GMT One Black and L.U.C Time Traveler One Black, representing the vanguard of the watch-and-jewelry home’s 2021 gents’ assortment unveiled at Watches & Wonders.

Each timepieces hail from Chopard’s L.U.C household, named for founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard and positioned because the maison’s “epitome of tremendous watchmaking.” Initially launched in 2016 in metal and precious-metal case variations, each vacationers’ fashions are actually provided in circumstances fabricated from ceramised grade 5 titanium, a cloth utilized in industries akin to aerospace, automotive, and medical part manufacturing. It achieves its distinctive hardness (700 Vickers), friction and corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility by way of electroplasma expertise, which oxidizes floor layers of titanium at excessive temperatures. Paired with gray-and-black-toned dials and straps, the circumstances improve the timepieces’ avant-garde monochromatic look.

The galvanic grey dial of the L.U.C GMT One (above) is rimmed by a snailed railway-track minute scale and a round satin-brushed 24-hour ring divided into two sectors: light-gray daytime for hours and black for nighttime hours. The case, at 42 mm in diameter and 11.71 mm in peak, options two crowns — one positioned at 2 o’clock to regulate the date and the native time, the opposite at four o’clock to manage the second-time-zone setting, indicated by a baton-style, arrow-tipped hand on the 24-hour scale. The Dauphine hour and minute fingers, hallmarks of Chopard’s L.U.C watches, are in metallic black; Tremendous-LumiNova coats the hour markers, and the date seems in a window at 6 o’clock.

Chopard’s in-house Caliber L.U.C 01.10-L, beating behind the watch’s sapphire exhibition caseback and geared up with an built-in GMT operate, it options computerized winding, 31 jewels, a 28,200-vph frequency, and a 60-hour energy reserve. Like all L.U.C actions that point out operating seconds, it’s a COSC-certified chronometer. Its typical ornamental finishes embrace chamfering on all parts and côtes de Genève on the bridges. The hand-crafted black-and-gray strap, fabricated from rubber that has been processed like a material, is extremely sturdy, water-and-sweat-resistant, and carries a REACH certification for its environmentally pleasant manufacturing steps.

For these whose enterprise (or leisure) requires them to trace occasions in a number of time zones concurrently, there’s the L.U.C time Traveler One Black, whose a number of indications are on a collection of concentrically organized disks. Studying outward from the satin-brushed dial’s heart, we begin with a small, center-mounted, arrow-tipped hand, tucked behind the Dauphine hour and minute fingers, which signifies the date on a 1-31 scale; proceed with the native time, indicated on a railway-track circle; and proceed to the graduated 24-hour ring that works in live performance with the outermost disk bearing the names of 24 cities representing the 24 most important world time zones.

The crown at 2 o’clock regulate the native time on the hour and minute fingers, whereas the crown at four o’clock synchronizes the world-time disk with the native time, enabling a fast studying of the time in any of the 24 zones at a look. A stylized globe motif seems on the four o’clock crown, whereas the l.U.C emblem adorns the one at 2 o’clock. Barely thicker in profile than the GMT One mannequin, at 12.09 mm, the Time Traveler One matches its 42-mm diameter. Like its sibling, the Time Traveler One’s case has a sandblasted end on its center, bezel, and caseback, the latter fitted with a sapphire exhibition window.

Behind that show caseback is Caliber 01.05-L, one other computerized motion solely developed, produced and completed at Chopard Manufacture within the Swiss city of Fleurier. Just like the GMT One motion it shops a 60-hour energy reserve and beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph. Composed of 262 parts, together with 39 jewels, it boasts a COSC chronometer certification and a bunch of haute horlogerie finishes, together with chamfering and côtes de Genève. The Time Traveler’s black strap is constructed of absolutely vegan rubber with a fabric-motif sample. It has additionally earned REACH certification by way of a collection of stringent environmental checks, symbolizing Chopard’s ongoing dedication to “sustainable luxurious.”

The Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black, a restricted version of 250 items, is priced at $11,500. The L.U.C Time Traveler One Black can also be restricted to 250 items and priced at $15,500. Each watches commemorate the 25th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture, based in 1996, and are more likely to be joined by different particular editions because the 12 months rolls on.

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