Chopard Impresses With The New L.U.C Flying T Twin And L.U.C Full Strike
These new limited editions made from ethically-sourced, 18-karat white gold and platinum hit all the right notes.
For the past two weeks, we’ve been immersed in news from the 26th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, a.k.a. Cop26, in Glasgow, Scotland, that wrapped up this past Saturday. Over the course of the summit, there were many takes on how best to prevent extreme climate events, like flooding and wildfires. But there was also much talk about the day-to-day repercussions of pollution, like the impact emissions have on health, housing, and food security.
Our preoccupation with these discussions has us looking at luxury differently. One could argue that high-end watches are incredibly sustainable because they are manufactured in small batches and are the opposite of disposable. And because Chopard has been a champion of ethical manufacturing practices, we thought we’d take a look at the brand’s two newest L.U.C. releases – the Flying T Twin and Full Strike – through a greener lens.
Variations on a Theme
The Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin, a 50-piece limited edition of the brand’s ground-breaking ultra-thin flying tourbillon timepiece, is a prime example of the brand’s commitment to leaving a good imprint.
Since 2018, Chopard has been using 100 percent ethically-source gold in its jewelry and watch creations. But this release also reminds us of other ways luxury brands can also use their powers for good.
The new L.U.C Flying T Twin is based on the Chopard Manufacture’s first self-winding flying tourbillon movement, the L.U.C 96.24-L, introduced in 2019. This super slim (3.3mm) chronometer-certified calibre powers the new L.U.C Flying T Twin timepiece and features the L.U.C Twin technology (with its two stacked barrels) and includes high-precision functions, like stop-seconds.
This limited edition is by no means reinventing the flying tourbillon, but it is building on the technology. And that is a good thing because, by now, the manufacturing process has been perfected, thus reducing waste, and increasing efficiency.
Built to Last
The United Nations defines sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” And the L.U.C Flying T Twin has been created using the highest-quality materials to ensure that it will endure not just through the wearer’s lifetime but also their children’s and children’s children.
We acknowledge that there will be questions at the cross-section of sustainability and luxury. For example: by stoking the frenzy for acquiring material goods, do limited edition products actually harm sustainability efforts?
But the L.U.C Flying T Twin starts to answer questions like that by striving to participate in ethical, fair-trade practices to respect humanity and the environment. Indeed, all of the 18-karat gold used in the L.U.C Flying T Twin – from the 40mm case to the hand-guillochéd, galvanically treated blue dial – are made with ethical gold.
Even its aesthetic design, like the dial’s engraved honeycomb pattern, shows sympathy to green initiatives. Plus, a snailed motif (snails play an important part in the ecosystem) decorates the chapter ring punctuated by understated rhodium-plated hour-markers. And in an unintentional nod to the importance of a healthy infrastructure, the rail-track circle (along with the “L.U.Chopard,” “Chronometer,” and “Swiss Made” appliques) are all gilded.
The watch not only helps conserve resources but also helps preserve artisanal techniques. Many of these hand-finished elements are visible through an opening at 6 o’clock. And the case of this L.U.C Flying T Twin series is fitted with a hand-sewn blue alligator leather strap lined with cognac alligator leather.
Available now, the Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin is limited to 50 pieces.
Conservation is, by definition, a conservative act. In the 25 years since Chopard first introduced the L.U.C collection, the brand has always married watchmaking tradition with technological innovation.
Part of the brand’s strategy for horological stewardship is by bringing as much production in-house as possible, including movement development, adjustments and quality control, finished product design, and gold casting. However, Chopard’s in-house strategy also extends to the stamping and machining of cases and movement components, engraving and traditional hand-crafted finishes, gem-setting, surface treatments, polishing, and assembly.
These activities are all carried out at the brand’s workshops in Geneva and Fleurier. And this level of integration allows for the manufacturing process to be completely transparent – just like the crystal-clear, 20-piece limited edition L.U.C Full Strike in platinum.
This minute-repeater is unique in terms of design in that the sapphire crystal and gongs form a single entity, thereby generating a rich, natural chime. At the same time, this L.U.C Full Strike features the important hallmarks of Swiss haute horlogerie, including “Poinçon de Genève” chronometer-certified precision.
Based on the noble L.U.C 08.01-L minute repeater movement, this elemental timepiece is extra elegant thanks to the luster of the platinum case and the serene blue-grey dial.
The L.U.C Full Strike is available now and limited to 20 pieces.