FEATURED: Chopard’s L.U.C. Flying T Twin

THM Desk
14 Jul 2021 |
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One-of-a-kind Edition for Art In Time

The year was 1996, when Chopard produced the first L.U.C. watch, housed with a manufacture movement the calibre “L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L”. Over the last 25 years, manufacture Chopard has produced 11 calibre families with over 100 variations. A serious feat for a brand that historically has relied on 3rd party movement. The L.U.C. calibres are superlatively finished and by virtue of their performance, are second to none, when it comes to fine-watchmaking within the industry. But something about this officer’s back watch caught our eye, a feature that we don’t come across that often, in contemporary watchmaking. 

Chopard’s L.U.C. Flying T Twin

At just 7.7 mm thick, the Flying T Twin is one of the thinnest self-winding tourbillons on the market and the only one to earn both Chronometer (COSC) and Poinçon de Genève certification. It is equipped with a novel winding system, driven by a 22-carat gold micro-rotor. Combined with the two coaxial barrels of the Twin technology developed and patented by Chopard, this winding mechanism guarantees 65 hours of power reserve for the tourbillon movement. The 190 components of the calibre are adorned in accordance with the most demanding quality criteria established by the Poinçon de Genève.

This unique edition, specially created for the ART IN TIME watch gallery, showcases the exclusive nature of this collection. For the first time, its 40 mm-diameter case in ethical 18-carat white gold features a guilloché officer-type case-back, enabling the collector to admire the movement at leisure. The honeycomb motif chosen to adorn this cover reproduces that of the historical logo designed by Louis-Ulysse Chopard and matches the dial, which is also hand-guilloché and features an exclusive green hue. The refined and contemporary design of this model highlights the watchmaking magic of the flying tourbillon that comes to life through the dial aperture at 6 o'clock.

The Pink Dial Project, ONLY WATCH 2021 and now the ART IN TIME, seems the watchmaking industry is all about giving back in 2021. For almost 15 years, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has been working through his Foundation to prevent the damage threatening the planet, by protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development. Active in the fields of research, technological innovation and major social issues, the Foundation finances projects in the Mediterranean basin, the polar regions and in the world's least developed countries in socio-economic terms. Its objectives are to limit the effects of climate change, promote renewable energy, preserve biodiversity, manage water resources, and combat desertification. 

Chopard’s L.U.C. Flying T Twin

This new watchmaking contribution reinforces ART IN TIME's involvement in Monegasque life, as well as in its noble and longstanding philanthropic tradition. 

By offering this new one-of-a-kind at ART IN TIME, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, initiator of this exceptional watchmaking space in Monaco and Co-President of Chopard, is confirming his desire to support local commitments and in particular the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.