Since 2014, Chopard has launched an L.U.C XP watch every year, which is specially designed for ladies who love masterpieces of craftsmanship. This timepiece is the flagship model of the L.U.C series independently developed by Chopard Fleurier. The 35 mm generous table diameter allows delicate and delicate flower carvings to bloom in various ways. Peaking fleurisanne engraving craftsmanship not only blooms on the dial of this year’s watch, but also exudes tenderness on the movement of this new masterpiece. The Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch is limited to 8 pieces, praising the gorgeous and rich peony flowers with the ultimate craftsmanship!
The Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch continues the L.U.C. XPS 35mm Esprit de Fleurier and L.U.C. XP 35mm Esprit de Fleurier Peony models launched in 2015 and 2016. This year’s new model draws design elements from these two models, and continues to use its smooth and light lines, because its exquisite and delicate style can make full use of Chopard’s master craftsmanship.
From Flower Valley to Flower Table
The small town of Fleurier, which is located in a small valley, is bathed in a rich place with three small rivers. When spring comes, the valley is full of wild flowers and flowers, so it is named (Fleurier transliterated as ‘Fleurier’, But its root means ‘flower’). A long time ago, this town was born with many traditional watchmaking techniques, and its reputation for superb craftsmanship even transcended national borders, and it became famous in China in the 19th century. The Chinese royal family not only acknowledges the sophisticated, reliable, and precise performance of the movements manufactured there, but the charm of these timepieces also comes from an embossed technology that highlights the vortex or flower pattern carvings, vividly showing what seems to have just opened Flowers. From the simple spiraea in the valley to the peony flower, which is of great significance to the Tang Dynasty in China, Chopard has taken an excellent step. Now, not only on the surface of the watch, but also in the heart of the watch, peony blooms in depth. The Chopard LUC XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch brings a new chapter to this wonderful history, for these two geographical locations Such a distant exotic culture has established a bridge full of flowers.
Timepieces made with infinite patience
Chopard handed over the manufacturing of these eight limited edition watches exclusively sold in specialty stores to a craftsman. This craftsman has not been trained by the regular academy’s fleurisanne carving craftsmanship. The reason is simple. Recently lost craftsmanship, no school is teaching how to master this extremely delicate carving technique. Only artisans who are fully involved in body and mind and give infinite patience can master this skill proficiently. Chopard is well aware of the risk of losing the traditional carving process, so it is committed to training its experts in-house to make it continue. To create the exquisite pattern on the L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch, it takes at least one and a half months of fine work to engrav the patterns on the dial and the movement.
Noble and rare handicraft technology
The platinum double-layer dial completely refined in the workshops of the Chopard Watch Factory is not in the way of intaglio, but uses the technique of embossment to make the surface of the dial have a strong contrast with the background. The engraver first sculpts the material around the pattern, and then sculpts a vortex or flower pattern on the remaining surface. Then carved one by one in the surrounding recesses to create a grainy appearance. It highlights the polished peony brilliance of the upper dial. Peony’s stamens are inlaid with brilliant diamonds, which also emphasizes the delicateness of the flowers. The hollow dial reveals the bridges of the movement. These bridges are also engraved with fleurisanne and then plated with gold. The rhodium plating process after engraving also requires infinitely careful and patient production. Whether on the dial, on the bridge, or even on the platinum mini-rotor, the three-dimensional embossed fine-grained trimming is extremely exquisite and extraordinary. In addition, the exquisiteness of the L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch also extends to the bezel and the middle part of the case.
Fleurier, Chopard’s watchmaking paradise
In 1996, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele established a watch factory in Fleurier, Switzerland, specializing in the production of high-precision movements. This major decision made Chopard one of the rare real watchmakers in its 20 years of success. Fleurier is the ideal place to develop the L.U.C. series of Chopard watches (named after the Louis-Ulysse Chopard). The movement of the L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch also adopts Twin’s patented technology, that is, it is equipped with a stacked coaxial double barrel, which enables a power reserve function of up to 65 hours. Putting such a self-winding movement in an ultra-thin case with a thickness of only 7.7 millimeters is a veritable technological innovation. Thanks to the exquisite construction of the micro-rotor, such an extraordinary initiative can be achieved, which truly witnesses Chopard’s outstanding watchmaking technology and superb craftsmanship.