New Watch Collection at Cannes Film Festival
2017 marks the 20th year of Chopard’s participation as Official Partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and celebrated with two platinum, limited-edition, Haute Horlogerie L.U.C watches.
The L.U.C Lunar One Black Tie (8-piece edition) and the L.U.C XPS 1860 Black Tie (20-piece edition) reinforce the brand’s passion for film-making.
These watches bear the Poinçon de Genève (Geneva Seal) quality hallmark and chronometer certification by the COSC attesting to the craftsmanship and precision of exclusive timepieces honouring male celebrities on ‘La Croisette’ in Cannes.
They complement the exceptional Red Carpet collection for ladies.
20 years of passion and dazzle
Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele was the matchmaker for Chopard becoming Official Partner of the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.
Chopard has crafted all the Palme d’Or trophies since and started the appearance of artistes on the red carpet for the legendary ‘climbing the steps’ ritual bedecked in dazzling creations from Chopard.
In 2017, for the 70th Cannes Festival, the Red Carpet collection comprises 70 one-of-a-kind creations, glorifying the beauty of actresses.
Each year, Chopard accepts the incredible technical, artisanal and creative challenge to develop a new jewellery collection of the exact number of jewellery models as the Festival edition number.
Gentlemen Not Forgotten
Chopard also celebrates two decades of passion and glamour with two limited-edition platinum L.U.C timepieces.
The L.U.C Black Tie watches are adorned with an intense black dial and baguette-cut diamonds. These elegant men’s watches are designed for the male celebrities on the red carpet too.
L.U.C Lunar One Black Tie – Prestige and technical sophistication
Only available to eight refined gentlemen worldwide, this limited edition perpetual calendar timepiece with moon phases, orbital moon and large date is a flagship model in the top flight L.U.C collection by Chopard.
Revel in the sophisticated mechanism, timeless elegance, harmoniously balanced proportions, perfect legibility, along with alternating polished and satin-brushed case finishing.
Set with baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel, this gem of artisanship clearly displays its multiple functions on a sunburst satin-brushed galvanic black dial. This sunburst finish, centred around the twin-aperture date display, is lit up by baguette-cut diamonds as the hour-markers.
The L.U.Chopard logo takes on a golden glow, a nod to the Palme d’Or that Chopard crafted for the past 20 years, and echoes the emblem of the Cannes Festival engraved on the transparent case-back.
This dial is very legible and animated by Dauphine-type hands, pristine white perpetual calendar indicators, a railway track minute circle and an orbital moon shining against a midnight blue star-studded sky.
The 355-part mechanical self-winding Calibre 96.13-L is a stellar movement from Chopard Manufacture, equipped with a 22-carat gold micro-rotor and double barrel mainsprings (Twin® technology), ensuring a 65-hour power reserve.
L.U.C XPS 1860 Black Tie – Understated refinement
Oozing with elegant simplicity, the L.U.C XPS 1860 Black Tie timepiece is attired in platinum for this 20-piece limited edition. The extra flat, 40 mm-diameter case surrounds a blackened gold dial with hand-guilloché centre and radiating motif.
The sunburst dial is lit up by baguette-cut hour-markers and swept over by Dauphine-type hands.
Endowed with L.U.C collection aesthetic codes and perfect proportion lines, the slim case houses an in-house manufactured ultra-thin (3.3 mm) mechanical self-winding movement with a 22-carat micro-rotor and a double barrel mainsprings (Twin® technology) ensuring 65 hours power reserve. The L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and its artisanal finishing achieved the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ (Geneva Seal) quality hallmark.
The Gentleman’s Cost of Luxury
L.U.C Lunar One Black Tie – Ref. 171927-9002 – 99 670 CHF / £82,060 GBP / $112,130 USD
L.U.C XPS 1860 Black Tie – Ref. 161946-9002 – 43,910 CHF / £36,160 GBP / $49,400 USD
These two exclusive models imbued with prestigious aura from the Cannes red carpet, celebrates the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival as well as Chopard’s 20th participation as Official Partner.
Exclusively different from Chopard’s usual blue dial for platinum L.U.C watches, the black dials add a richness to the ensemble.
Amongst the Ladies’ Red Carpet collection, the Black Tie watches allow for The Gentleman’s Way.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was also CEO of 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 travelogue ‘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).