This is a preview of Chopard’s redesigned L.U.C Regulator timepiece which will be officially debuted at Baselworld in less than two weeks. It is a regulator, therefore, the indications of the watch, such as the hours, minutes and seconds, are displayed separately to ensure optimal readability. Historically, regulators were to precisely set or “regulate” other clocks and watches.
The L.U.C. Regulator is powered by a hand wound L.U.C. manufacture movement (caliber L.U.C 98.02-L). Uniquely, the movement features 4 mainspring power barrels (called Quattro®) for a total of 216 hours of power reserve, all in a 4.9 mm thick form factor.
The dial has a central minutes display, an hour display at 3 o’clock and a small seconds display at 6 o‘clock. At 9 o’clock is a GMT (24-hour function) which is set by a pusher recessed in the case at 4 o’clock. A small date window is located between 4 and 5 o’clock. The power reserve indication is at 12 o’clock.
(Editor’s note: The power reserve indicator shows 8-days but it’s actually 9-days.)
Interestingly, the watch has both a COSC certified movement and Poinçon de Genève on the entire timepiece, although it is somewhat redundant because the Poinçon de Genève is all inclusive in certifying both the aesthetics and the chronometry.
The case is rose gold and measures 9.78 mm thick by 43 mm in diameter. The case and bezel are fully polished with the exception of the sides of the case.
The dial features a sunburst satin-brushed silver-toned dial with black transfers, Gilt dauphine-type hours and minutes hands, and a black triangular hand for small seconds and the GMT and power-reserve indicator. (Ref. 161971-5001)
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