Chopard Showcases L.U.C. Collection at Salon QP

By Paul Joseph

Swiss jewellery house Chopard were one of the star attractions at the Salon QP watch show in London last week, with the world-renowned brand showcasing a dazzling array of pieces from its L.U.C. range of timepieces.

One of the stand-out pieces on display was the Perpetual T, which boasts what many believe is one of the most prestigious combinations in watchmaking: a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon, along with an impressive nine days of power reserve.

The Perpetual T brings the date to the foreground via a large twin-aperture date display. At 9 o’clock, the day of the week shares space with a day/night indication, while the months share the 3 o’clock subdial with the leap-year indicator.

Underpinning it all is a silver-plated solid gold dial adorned with a hand-cut guilloché motif in a radiant pattern. The slate grey counters of the perpetual calendar are also guilloché-worked in order to distinguish between the functions and accentuate the contrasts.

To avoid overloading the dial, the power-reserve indicator appears on the reverse side of the watch and can be read through a transparent sapphire crystal case-back.

Also on show at the Chopard stand was the brand’s latest incarnation of its L.U.C XPS model, which this year takes the form of three models framing three distinctively coloured dials with matching straps presented as a special box set.

The watches house a self-winding movement equipped with two barrels ensuring a 65-hour power reserve inside an ultra-thin 7.13 mm case.

First launched in 2009, and taking place across three days at the Saatchi Gallery in west London, Salon QP has grown to become one of the world’s most prestigious watch events.

By Paul Joseph