Chopard Creates Urushi 'Year of the Horse' Special Edition Timepiece

By Paul Joseph

Swiss luxury jewellery house Chopard has released a stunning new addition to its Urushi range of timepieces to mark the 2014 Chinese Year of the Horse.

Called the L.U.C. XP, the ultra-thin watch boasts a dial lavishly decorated in Japanese lacquer, or maki-e (Japanese for "sprinkled picture", an intricate technique of decorative lacquer).

The dial features a distinctive horse motif created by hand using an array of exotic materials including sprinkled gold powder, gold foil and mother-of-pearl.

Measuring 39.5mm wide and 6.98mm high, the L.U.C. XP also houses the L.U.C Calibre 96.17-L, an ultra-thin movement with a micro-rotor.

The price of the watch, which is presented in a box decorated with urushi, has yet to be announced but is expected to be approximately $25,000.

Founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860, Chopard has grown to become one of the world’s most famous watch and jewellery brands.

By Paul Joseph