The XPS by Chopard has been probably the best example of the cutting edge, chic, ultra-meager watch for more than 20 years now. Elegant, beautifully crafted with incredible mechanics, one could lament a certain lack of audacity in the plan, with a large portion of the pieces being quite minimalistic. While keeping the L.U.C codes alive, Chopard welcomes a fresher interpretation of the model as a preview of Baselworld 2019. Meet the Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist Qualité Fleurier – and surely, it comes with a twist!
The XPS is the direct descendant of the first L.U.C watch introduced in 1996 with the ultra-slim, in-house caliber 1.96. A development that is still used today, the caliber 1.96 has undergone various updates and multiple configurations, yet the base is the equivalent. It was the first caliber created by Chopard Manufacture in 1996 after Karl-Friedrich Scheufele started a program to produce developments in-house in Fleurier. The main L.U.C marked watch was a discreet, gold-encased piece with an elegant guilloché dial and a 36mm case. While still beautiful, today’s expectations are extraordinary and Chopard continues to capitalize on this concept with the more urban XPS model – and today, it becomes considerably more present day with the “Twist” version.
This new L.U.C XPS Twist definitely denotes an evolution of the original concept but Chopard monitors things. The case is still 40mm in width and the profile remains extremely dainty at only 7.70mm. The plan is also familiar, with a similar case as other XPS models. Here it is crafted in ethically-certified “Fairmined” 18k white gold and combined with a matte blue-dim, plant-colored, CITES-certified, alligator leather tie – Chopard clearly stresses the “ethical” component of its production.
Yet, the crown of this L.U.C XPS Twist is located at 4 o’clock. At the point when the brand says “twist” it is accurately describing the manner in which the development has been twisted inside the case. This implies that the whole displays also plays out a turn, with the small seconds currently located at 7 o’clock. The date aperture, then again, stays at 3 o’clock.
The Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist Qualité Fleurier also inaugurates another dial, with its original swirling decoration. The blue-grey plate features a silk brushed, circular-grained theme centered on the small seconds, which isn’t aligned with the round state of the bezel. Surprising, but pleasantly unique. Hands and markers are classically formed and rhodium-plated.
Inside the case is the calibre L.U.C 96.26-L, which is both certified as a chronometer by the COSC and tried by the Qualité Fleurier label – more details in this article . So, the interest of the Qualité Fleurier Certification is that it encompasses comprehensive criteria and phases of testing to guarantee a technical conception, excellent completing and control of the precision and robustness of each watch at a similar time. The label was created in the early 2000s by the three top of the line Fleurier manufacturers (Parmigiani Fleurier, Chopard and Bovet).
The development is the superb micro-rotor wound caliber of most XPS watches, with a double barrel, a slim profile (3.30mm) and a comfortable force hold of 65 hours. The decoration is of the best expectations, with hand-polished bevels, a 22k gold rotor, slight Geneva stripes and perlage on the principle plate.
The Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist Qualite Fleurier will be a limited version of 250 pieces, presented as a feature of the Baselworld 2019 collection. Price is expected at CHF 19,800. More details at www.chopard.com .