Crystal Minutes | WSI extension
April 1, 2023 5:32 p.m
Chopard introduces the new LUC Full Strike Sapphire an excellent mechanic in a sapphire case
Edited by Elisa Copeta
egTo celebrate the 25th anniversary of the LUC collection, the Maison Chopard presents an incomparable timepiece: the LUC Full Strike Sapphirepart of the trilogy sound of eternitythe first minute repeater watch with a case made entirely of corundum glass, better known as sapphire.
Not everyone knows that sapphire is one of the toughest materials in the world, its hardness is actually estimated at 9 on the Mohs scale, which is the same as diamond. In addition to the hallmarks of the chronometer-certified LUC 08.01-L caliber, the entire 42.5mm case, crown and dial of this model are crafted from blocks of sapphire with a transparency that offers a 360-degree view of the movement. The watch is one of the most complex creations ever: the 533 movement components are arranged at 148 different heights on the plate thanks to the use of 83 tools. The combination of all these elements is certified by the Hallmark of Geneva, an absolute first for a metal-free watch. With its unchanging timbres, the acoustic richness of the LUC Full Strike Sapphire achieves an exceptional level of quality, which is awarded with L’Aiguille d’Or of the Geneva Grand Prix d’Horlogerie. It was Karl Friedrich Scheufele himself Co-President of Chopard to test the sound system of this watch with the help of Romain Boulandet, head of the Applied Acoustics Laboratory at HEPIA in Geneva, and the musician brothers and acoustics experts Renaud and Gautier Capuçon.
Limited edition of 5 pieces, price on request.