Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Watches - Exclusive Art and Time-Honored Expertise

Jul 22, 2011
The new L.U.C XP Urushi watches are the result of a successful partnership between Chopard and Kiichiro Masumura, who was bestowed with the title “Living National Treasure” by the Japanese government.

A happy union of ancestral Japanese art and Swiss horological refinement, the new Chopard watches utilize the traditional Urushi and Maki-e techniques. Urushi is an ancestral Japanese art of lacquering. The varnish is produced from sap of the Urushi tree, also known as the “lacquer tree” or the “Japanese varnish tree”. It mainly grows in Japan and China.

The harvesting of the resin is done only once a year. In three or five years, the resin is treated to make extremely resistant, honey-textured lacquer. Traditionally, it is applied on daily objects such as bowls or boxes. Maki-e is a specific Urushi technique, which implies sprinkling the lacquer with metal powder.

As to each new Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi watch, the metal powder is inlaid on a 39.50mm 18ct rose gold case. The goal of the process is to emphasize its lines. The 18ct rose gold crown at 3 o’clock is made from the same material and marked with the L.U.C logo. Both front and back sides of the case are fitted with glare-proofed sapphire crystals. The model is 30-meter water-resistant.

The timepieces come equipped with mesmerizing Urushi dials. They reveal a dragon with a blue horn, a phoenix, a qilin in the moonlight, a crouching tiger and a genbu - a blend of precious snake and tortoise. The creatures respectively evoke wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The rest of the dials sport a peacock, a red fish and a jungle. The display of each version is equipped with a gold-toned Dauphine hour and minute hands.

Breathing life into the functions is a mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96HM movement. Its bridges are adorned with Cotes de Geneve pattern. Built on 29 jewels, the caliber operates at a frequency of 28, 800 vibrations per hour. The mechanism also incorporates twin barrels, which work in parallel to deliver a 65-hour power reserve.

The design of each new Chopard watch is completed by a black alligator leather strap lined with brown alligator leather. It terminates in an 18ct rose gold pin buckle.

Enjoy a fine selection of elegant Chopard watches:

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