Chopard Day of the Dead Wristwatch

10/17/2018
Melvyn Teillol-Foo

L.U.C Perpetual T ‘Spirit of La Santa Muerte’

16-18th October 2018

The SIAR (Salon Internacional Alta Relojeria) watch exhibition in Mexico has grown in stature over the last few years as Latin America’s premier trade show. More haute horlogerie brands are making an appearance and Chopard was one of the early brands exhibiting.

Chopard Day of the Dead Wristwatch ref.161941-5005 sketch

Chopard and the Cycle of Life

Hand Engraved in Switzerland for Mexico

This year, Chopard’s artisans celebrate Santa Muerte (the patron saint of death) with a piece unique timepiece. We always associate the Day of the Dead with skulls, flowers, suns, and strangely…guitars. Santa Muerte is represented by several fascinating motifs.

Honouring the culture of Mexico, Chopard introduces an exceptional new timepiece called the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of ‘La Santa Muerte’.

This one-of-a-kind model is being presented to collectors at the SIAR 2018.

Mexican Guitars

The artisans of Chopard Manufacture hand-engraved the entire gold case and the dial is adorned with motifs typical of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is generally celebrated as the saint’s feast day.

L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte ref. 161941-5005 front

Under the death mask, beats a complicated movement: a perpetual calendar tourbillon with nine-day power reserve.

L.U.C 02.15-L tourbillon movement

 

L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte ref. 161941-5005 right oblique

 

L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte ref. 161941-5005 left profile

After the last such tribute to the cultural symbolism of the Chinese Zodiac [CLICK to READ] in 2016, Chopard turned to Mexico and the unique traditions around Santa Muerte.

2016 Piece Unique: L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac ref. 161941-5002

With origins from the Aztec civilisation infused with Spanish Catholicism, the Día de Los Muertos – Day of the Dead – is a joyful celebration of the cycle of life, an occasion for renewed awareness of the possibility of death, which in turn gives full meaning to life.

Hand Engraved in Switzerland for Mexico: Skeleton

A day of remembrance, the Día de Los Muertos also provides an opportunity for gifts, offerings and libations to the deceased, and to cultivate the ties that bind families on either side of the final frontier.

It is fascinating how much parody is expressed during this macabre fiesta celebrated with a wealth of ornamental elements with which Chopard adorns the generous 43mm diameter rose gold case of the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of ‘La Santa Muerte’.

From Sunny Eyes to Grimace and Moustache

The gold dial features the stylised Mexican Calavera skull, dotted with sun and floral-themed patterns. The tourbillon bridge appears as a moustache above a gentle grimace, and the perpetual calendar counters are sunny eyes. The very contours of the dial have been modified to trace the features of an emaciated yet inoffensive face.

Sapphire crystal case back showing power reserve indicator

This one-of-a-kind watch is Chronometer-certified (COSC) and bears the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ (Geneva Seal) quality hallmark as assurance of the highest standards of precision and craftsmanship.

AlphaLuxe Comment

L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte ref. 161941-5005

By presenting this piece unique, Chopard reinforces its legitimacy as a true Manufacture of in-house creations both complicated and aesthetically pleasing.

It also supports the credentials of SIAR as a horological exhibition serving a region with increasing collectors and sales potential.

Previous Day of the Dead Timepieces

Fiona Kruger VANITAS Clock

 


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 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).