Chopard 2017: L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined extra flat watch

03/23/2017
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

Fine watch with alluring aesthetic and moral standards

 

Chopard joined ‘The Journey to Sustainable Luxury’ [CLICK TO READ]  project when it began and followed up with the 2014 launch of the L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined watch — the world’s first watch made from gold bearing the Fairmined certification. The second Fairmined certified watch was the 2015 L.U.C XPS Fairmined that captivated everyone with its unique sunburst, satin-brushed, slate-grey galvanic dial.

For 2017, Chopard reveals a new limited-series L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined in support of sustainable luxury.
This extra flat watch expresses the aesthetic, technical and ethical qualities at Chopard.

L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined ref.161945-5001

The on-trend design with-a-twist satisfies the avant garde client with its chic and edgy appearance while the technophile can appreciate it passing the watch industry’s most demanding certification: Foundation Qualite Fleurier (FQF) label  CLICK TO READ .

These attributes set it apart from other watches while improving living conditions of the miners who extract the gold.

 

Miner showing amalgam in gold pan ©ARM

 

New L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined

 

L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined ref.161945-5001

The L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined allows connoisseurs who either missed out on its conventional dial predecessor or wish to collect a watch unlike any other to finally do so. Fairmined gold is exclusive to Chopard, to date, because the Manufacture agreed to buy the entire global production, to date.

The distinctive and coveted slate grey dial with a stamped sunburst texture was inspired by the raw appearance of gold nuggets extracted from mines. The crown and the small seconds sub-dial give the watch a unique look, being respectively off-centred at 4 and 7 o’clock. It is ‘twisted’ only a few degrees but that is sufficient to excite aficionados of dials with quirky, asymmetric appeal and exceptional personality.

L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined ref. 161945-5001

The 7.20 mm high case makes for an exceptionally slender watch with L.U.C signature satin-brushed finishes on the sides, complemented by a mirror-polished case-back and bezel. The thin elongated profile gives a comfortable fit on the wrist.

The alligator leather strap of the L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmind is hand-sewn and dyed with eco-friendly plant-based pigments – in matt black mostly but also cognac-coloured for the lining.

 

Chopard continues its ethical commitment

Smelting Fairmined gold

Chopard is a pioneer in the use of Fairmined gold for Haute Horlogerie watches within its long-term project “The Journey to Sustainable Luxury”.

FAIRMINED logo

Chopard set up a standard operating procedure at its Geneva workshops, where “Fairmined” gold is never mixed with other gold alloys and even the waste is managed separately, to guarantee the traceability of the “Fairmined” gold used in-house.

 

Read about this project in a previous PuristSPro article: CHOPARD Technique & Aesthetic: Fairmined Gold

Certified Fine Watchmaking

Although the Foundation Qualite Fleurier (FQF) certification is open to all Swiss watches, very few are successful and the vast majority are from L.U.Chopard.

Read a previous PuristSPro article: L.U.Chopard Qualité Fleurier 2014 – Ten Testing Years

Each L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined watch in the 250-piece limited edition has gained FQF certification – the most demanding in the watch industry. The FQF label means that an independent certification of precision of the movement, reliability, durability and the quality of its finishes.

Before any tests are even done, the FQF regulations require that the entire watch – including movement and external components – must be produced in Switzerland.

 

L.U.C 96.09-L movement

The L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined is driven by the self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.09-L movement, equipped with two barrels (Twin® technology), wound by a 22-carat gold micro-rotor ensuring a minimum 65-hour power reserve.

Its precision is tested by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) for its chronometer title.

Its reliability is verified by the Chronofiable “torture test” – three weeks of “ageing tests” during which the watch is subjected to heat, cold and damp, repeated pull and push forces on the winding-stem, magnetic fields and repeated physical shocks.

The operation of the finished watch is then tested on the Fleuritest machine. Specially developed for the FQF, it simulates the positions of human usage on-the-wrist during a 24-hour cycle.

 

Conclusion

Despite its extra flat appearance, the L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined is an exceptional example of watchmaking with a bold twisted design, technical execution, ethical approach and evocative allure.

The new owners will be 250 very lucky people…..

Ref. 161945-5001- in “Fairmined” 18-carat rose gold
250-piece limited edition

 

 

Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).