Baselworld, also referred to as the Basel Fair, is the largest jewelry-and-watch trade show in the world, and as expected, Chopard will make an appearance. While watch dealers, journalists, and enthusiasts are anticipating what various brands have to show, let us have a sneak peek of what Chopard has in store for us at this year’s show.
Inspired by the success of their L.U.C XP and XPS models, Chopard decided to pay homage to one of their more signature designs in the L.U.C collection, the L.U.C Quattro.
The L.U.C Quattro initially debuted in 2011 and is powered by an Haute Horlogerie movement. It is the four-barrel L.U.C 1.98, and the company is about to debut a newer version of this chronometer in a more classic and elegant package.
Chopard understands the business of movement manufacturing and the organization produces movements in a vast array of styles and finishes which was illustrated by the massive splash made by high-end L.U.C movements when they came out in 1996. Walt Odet of Timezone enunciated that the Michel Parmigiani-designed L.U.C 1.96 was an extraordinary development from a house that had been thought to favor jewelry watches over the horological craft and that the 1.96 was the most precise movement being manufactured in Switzerland at the time.
When the L.U.C 98.01-L was introduced in 2005, it featured a nine-day power reserve, which was among the longest of any conventionally designed and sized wristwatch. Another significant achievement of the movement maker was that despite the watch’s very long operating time, was (and still is) certified by the COSC as a chronometer. It carries the Geneva Hallmark or Geneva Seal, which is classically known as the Poinçon de Genève.
The earlier Quattro models seemed to have a more ornamental feel to them due to the range of finishes that were applied to the dials in addition to the highly polished Roman numeral markers. The new version seems more elegant perhaps because it is mostly unadorned. In place of the Roman numerals are diamond-shaped gilded markers that have Arabic numerals at 3 and 9. Additionally, the hands are also of blued steel although they still have the signature Art Deco profile that is characteristic of Quattro designs.
Also, the date and running seconds sub-dials in addition to the power reserves have been simplified to give the piece a more instrument-watch thus yielding a marine chronometer vibe. The new model is a limited edition with only 50 pieces designed. It will be a must-see watch at Baselworld.
Model: L.U.C Quattro
Thickness: 8.84 mm
Diameter: 43 mm Dial
Color: Vertical satin brushed silver tone
Case Material: 18k rose gold
Hands: Blued Minutes and hours hands; blued-baton hands for the date, seconds, and power reserve
Indexes: Gilded hour markets
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Blue calfskin leather plus an 18k gold pin buckle
Grade: L.U.C 98.01L
Functions: Seconds, minutes, hours, date, power reserve
Thickness: 3.70 mm
Diameter: 28.60 mm
Power Reserve: 216 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz
Caroline Scheufele’s sharp and creative vision has seen to the constant reinvention of the Happy Sport in a bid to reflect the successive evolutions and styles in the society. The Happy Sport has become synonymous with these changes. In fact, during its 25 years of existence, Happy Sport has sported up to 1000 versions. Thus it has grown into the first collectible watch for women, and it continues to win feminine hearts with its free-spirited and bold nature. This spirit is embodied and symbolized by the multiple variations such as oval, square, set with diamonds as well as emeralds, sapphires, or rubies which all accentuate the talisman spirit.
The extensive palette of colors is another characteristic feature of the Happy Sport. For Caroline Scheufele, nature has always been a powerful motivator with the timely variations of this brand reflecting the magic of the maritime world. This has led to the birth of iconic models such as Happy Snowflakes, Happy Ocean, and Happy Fish.
The 25th anniversary of Happy Sport will see yet another reinvention with its stylistic versatility becoming enriched with the power of a self-winding movement. The 09.01 caliber has been specially designed for 30 mm feminine cases. Equipped with this upgrade, Happy Sport is introducing new interpretations featuring a dial, which combines the charm of light pastel shades with textured mother-of-pearl; in addition to the Happy Sports Oval Automatic, which breathes new life to Happy Sport culminating in an incredibly contemporary and revamped version.
Happy Hearts Collection
Caroline Scheufele maintains that moving hearts and diamonds are key themes for Chopard. The heart is a universal token of love and consequently is a favorite within the fashion world. This has caused Happy Hearts to find a home within the Happy Diamonds collection and thereby becoming its own fully-fledged collection. Happy Hearts is expressed in bracelets, sautoir necklaces, and earrings.
These gently undulating jewelry creations almost appeal to a sense of lightness for a carefree spirit while still retaining infinite tenderness. The random arrangement of the motifs coupled with the mobile nature of the diamonds exudes an aura of exquisite and chic femininity.
The Happy Hearts collection is introducing a new bangle bracelet in which one end has a colorful heart while the other encloses a moving diamond. The way they face each other exemplifies the elegant “pas de deux”, which is every bit as airy, playful, and modern as the rest of the collection.