Chopard Celebrates 2018 Lunar New Year of the Dog with Japanese Lacquer Dial
Each year since 2013, Chopard issues a new ultra-thin L.U.C XP Urushi watch. The Japanese urushi lacquer zodiac series is an established “cult” collection with elegance, refinement, technique and aesthetic supreme. Collaborating with the Japanese imperial purveyors of lacquerware – ‘Yamada Heian-do’ – they draw inspiration from the repertoire of Oriental astrology to offer a fresh interpretation of its Urushi dial.
Chopard worked with Grand Master Kiichiro Masumaro to oversee the creation of the L.U.C XP Urushi dials. He is recognised as a master of his art and has been raised to the status of “national human treasure” in Japan. East meets West as Chopard places creativity at the heart of cultural ties and of its commitment to perpetuating traditions; Japanese traditional lacquer art meets Swiss watchmaking precision.
The dials were handmade by the Urushi Master Minori Koizumi.
2018 marks the celebration of the Year of the Dog. Its iconography, its universal symbolism and its mythological strength are showcased in an 88-piece limited series: L.U.C XP Urushi –Year of the Dog, the 11th sign of the Oriental zodiac, for a year dedicated to generosity and loyalty.
Generosity meets Loyalty
In the Oriental zodiac, each sign is the expression of a distinctive nature. The range of qualities associated with the dog is thus reflected in the L.U.C XP Urushi – Year of the Dog watch.
Eager for justice, sensitive and faithful by nature, dogs devote all their strength to serving others, without ever impinging on others’ freedom. Their devotion withstands every trial and when they love, it is for life. They also cultivate an attitude to work based on commitment, personal involvement and a serious-minded attitude that implies making the most of individual skills, giving true meaning to their existence, and basically leading a useful, honest and consistent life. Dogs are builders and protectors demonstrating unfailing loyalty.
Chopard decided to embody this canine through a representative of the beautiful ‘Akita’ breed, depicted in a lush natural setting dotted with wild orchids and enhanced by the fluttering presence of a dragonfly, regarded as a lucky charm and a good omen.
Previous L.U.C XP Urushi watches
L.U.C XP Urushi 2017 Year of the Rooster watch
L.U.C XP Urushi 2016 Year of the Monkey watch
L.U.C XP Urushi 2015 Year of the Goat watch
L.U.C XP Urushi 2014 Year of the Horse watch
L.U.C XP Urushi 2013 Year of the Snake watch
Until you own and see an urushi lacquer dial watch, you cannot imagine the subtle beauty and depth of the lacquer work. It is exquisite and intoxicating in more ways than one.
Urushi is an ancient lacquer technique using toxic tree resin patiently harvested, once a year, in very small quantities. The poisonous resin has to be matured for three to five years to become a highly resistant lacquer, applied in a number of extremely fine layers. Within the layers, the urushi master traps tiny iridescent particles of gold, silver or mother-of-pearl, that endow it with distinctive depth, luminosity, and exquisitely fine nuances.
CHF 21,590 or US$21,590
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).