Chopin once again pays tribute to traditional Asian culture. The brand specially selected Japanese traditional dill painting technology to launch a new L.U.CXP watch with the theme of the year of the sheep. The most artistic goat image in the zodiac is exquisitely presented on the dial, and the case is equipped with the brand’s homemade L.U.C ultra-thin movement.
As an ancient Japanese lacquer painting art, Maki-e is perfectly blended with Switzerland’s top watchmaking craftsmanship. The new L.U.CXP Year of the Sheep is born. Celebrating the Lunar New Year with new works each year has become a brand tradition cherished by Chopard. The Lunar Year of the Sheep will begin on February 19, 2015 and end on February 7, 2016.
Extraordinary Art and Leisure
The dial of this new zodiac watch is entirely handmade. The brand especially adopts Japanese traditional dill painting technology, paying tribute to the profound and long-standing Asian culture. A goat stood quietly on the dial. Under the gorgeous colorful clouds, there are flowers that represent joy and tranquility. In Chinese traditional zodiac wisdom, goats have a stable temperament that is impatient and impatient. It has a lively mind, but is not brave and belligerent, and is good at expressing its opinions through art. It is approachable, generous and amiable, has both ease and virtue and harmony, and is closely related to important values such as land and family.
Ancient Japanese lacquer art
The raw lacquer raw material is extracted from the resin of Urushi tree, also known as ‘lacquer tree’ or ‘Japanese lacquer tree’. Sumac is mainly grown in Japan and China, and can only be collected once a year, and the number is very small. After the resin is collected for three to five years, it can be processed into a highly resistant, honey-like raw lacquer. It needs to be painted layer by layer, and each layer is extremely thin.
Maki is a special lacquer technique, which is to spread metal powder such as gold powder on the paint surface to highlight the outline of the paint. The gold powder is glued to the lacquered surface with a small lacquer brush made of bamboo tube and natural hair to outline extremely fine lines. This craft requires extremely high skills and rigorous meticulous attitude, and only a handful of lacquer masters still know it.
Unparalleled fine watchmaking skills
Such arts and crafts can only be matched with L.U.CXP watches. An elegant and ultra-thin watch was transformed into a shape with a dial diameter of 39.5 mm and a thickness of only 6.8 mm, which is a symbol of Chopard’s superb watchmaking technology. The self-winding mechanical movement is equipped with a double barrel, which guarantees a power reserve of 65 hours. The Chopard L.U.C movement is one of the few masterpieces that can achieve this. The master craftsmen of the Fleurier Chopard watch factory overcome this technical challenge with the help of a delicate eccentric rotor structure. It is not covered by the movement to achieve winding, but is embedded flush with the movement as a whole, thereby maintaining an ultra-thin appearance and automatic winding function.
The L.U.C96.17-L movement is decorated by the brand’s craftsmen and masters, and strictly complies with the quality standards of traditional fine watchmaking. This watch is made of 18K white gold or 18K rose gold. The L.U.CXP Year of the Sheepskin Watch is paired with a black alligator leather strap and comes with a special gift box that is carefully decorated with the technique of Sheepskin. The outside of the gift box is black, and the inside is painted with gold. Its octagonal design has a pleasant meaning in Eastern culture.
Chopard Fine Watchmaking
As a family-run brand, Chopard firmly adheres to the spirit of independence. The entire process of making L.U.C watches is completed in the group’s watch factories in Merlin and Fleurier. Watch conception, forged gold, finished product design, case stamping and production, movement and metal bracelet parts production, traditional manual retouching, surface treatment, polishing treatment, assembly, commissioning and quality control … Each process is in Chopard In perfect control, every LUC watch is such an extraordinary masterpiece.
L.U.CXP dip-watch-goat pattern dial
· Total diameter: 39.50 mm
· Thickness: 6.80 mm
· Water resistance: 30 meters
· Platinum crown engraved with L.U.C logo 4.00 mm
· Anti-glare sapphire crystal
· Open case back cover
· Automatic mechanical movement L.U.C96.17-L
· Total diameter: 27.40 mm
· Thickness: 3.30mm
· Number of gems: 29rubis
· Vibration frequency: 2,800 times / hour (4 Hz)
· Power reserve: 65 hours
Twin barrel with Twin® technology
· Côtes de Genève decorated with bridge
Dial and hands:
using the dill painting process and decorated with a goat pattern
Gold-plated crown prince hour and minute hands
Function and display:
· Central hour and minute display
Strap and buckle:
· Black alligator strap with Alsavel hand-stitched lining
18K gold pin buckle
Model: 161902-5060–18K Rose Gold
Equipped with a special year of the sheep dial
Model: 161902-1028–18K White Gold
Equipped with a special year of the sheep dial