Attiring gentlemen in the French Riviera spirit – L.U.C XPS Azur
In 1998, at the initiative of Chopard Co-President and Creative Director Caroline Scheufele, the Maison became Official Partner to the world’s greatest cinema event: the Cannes International Film Festival. Ever since, artists’ appearances on the red carpet and the legendary ‘Montée des marches’ ritual have been accompanied by Chopard creations.
Chopard is presenting a new interpretation of its L.U.C timepiece collection, especially designed to be worn on the red carpet: the L.U.C XPS Azur in 18-carat ethical white gold. This new L.U.C model is issued in a ten-piece limited edition and adorned with a dial whose azure hue recalls the intense blue of the Mediterranean sea, dotted with luxury wooden runabouts whisking gentleman from their yachts anchored in the bay of Cannes and moored to the pontoons of La Croisette ahead of the red carpet ceremony.
The L.U.C XPS watch – famed within the L.U.C collection for its pared-down, modern design – now appears bedecked in azure blue. Its slim 40 mm-diameter 18-carat ethical white gold case frames an azure blue dial graced with a hand-guilloché radiating motif . The sunburst rim is lit up by baguette-cut hour-markers, swept over by Dauphine-type hands. The new timepiece houses an in-house manufactured ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement. Equipped with a 22-carat micro-rotor and two barrels (Chopard Twin technology) ensuring approximately 65 hours of operating autonomy, the L.U.C 96.01-L movement measures 3.3 mm thick and displays remarkable precision, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Its artisanal finishing, visible through the exhibition case-back, testifies craftsmanship distinguishing Haute Horlogerie creations bearing the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark: bridges meticulously chamfered and adorned with Côtes de Genève, along with a chamfered and circular-grained mainplate.