Chopard has banded together with the famous luxury Neapolitan tailor Kiton to create a limited release of its ultra-slim L.U.C XP II models. The association between a watchmaker and a tailor isn’t as outlandish as it sounds; both rely on highly skilled craftsmans, both have a profound respect for custom, and both pursue refined completions, comfort and longevity in their products. For the new L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton dress watches, the dial is attired with a traditional houndstooth design, and the tie is produced using cashmere.
Partnerships among watchmakers and luxury style brands are on the ascent. We’ve seen associations among watchmakers and shoemakers (Jaeger-LeCoultre and Christian Louboutin or Hublot and Berluti ), watchmakers and tailors ( Hublot and Sartoria Rubinacci ) and even watchmakers and best in class jean creators ( Oris Momotaro ).
Chopard’s latest organization is with the prestigious Italian tailor Kiton where each and every thing (suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, etc.) is hand tailored. Founded by Ciro Paone in 1967 in Naples, Kiton relies on 350 expert tailors whose experienced hands craft the brand’s elegant, understated plans. Not a single machine can be heard in the workshop where the most uncommon and most precious materials, like vicuña or Escorial wool, are changed into calm and timeless apparel for men.
Dark, slim and handsome
With its 40mm width and ultra-slender tallness of 7.20mm, the extents of the case react to a contemporary dress watch size. For the record, last year Chopard released the L.U.C XP , a model with identical specs to this Sarto Kiton model, but with a blue Merino wool lash. The dim sartorial look of the Sarto Kiton is achieved with the DLC-coated steel case with its matte globule blasted finish.
Following suit, the dial is also dim but reveals a subtle black and dim houndstooth design with a lacquered finish. Houndstooth has become a most loved theme at Kiton in the wake of acquiring the closet of King Edward VIII at auction – the ruler who abdicated and was famous for his smart style and elegance.
Four gilded Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, along with gilded hour markers contrast with the black and dark houndstooth design on the dial. As a dress watch, there is no trace of lume, and the dauphine-style hands are also gilded to match the hour markers. The red speck, placed just over 6 o’clock, is Kiton’s logo. This scramble of brilliant red, typical of Italian sprezzatura, is echoed on the quarter-hour indications and the topstitching on the lash. The lash is made entirely by hand, a blend of delicate Mongolian cashmere, wool and flannel, with a scramble of elastane for comfort and a brilliant red alligator leather lining. The pin buckle matches the case in DLC-coated steel.
Ultra-slim Caliber 96.53-L
The dull colored glass of the caseback reveals the in-house L.U.C 96.53-L caliber, a ultra-dainty automatic that is just 3.3mm thick. Enriched with Chopard Twin Technology, the lean development is equipped with twin barrels for a sturdy 58-hour influence hold. It is wound by a tungsten micro-rotor and features Côtes de Genève completes on the development bridges.
Availability and price
The L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiron is a limited version of 100 pieces and retails for EUR 10,800. For more data, please visit chopard.com .