Chopard L.U.C. XP: Malaysia Price And ReviewWritten by Leong Wong
At Chopard, blue is the warmest colour.
The L.U.C XP is a purist’s dream. It might be Chopard’s most basic time machine to date, but the devil is in the details. The texture of its dial, the virgin wool of its strap, the brilliance of its hour markers and its slender shape all reflect the savoir-faire of Savile Row tailors, the watch’s main source of inspiration. While masculine elegance, time-honoured tradition and discreet luxury have long been associated with that quiet, unassuming street in London’s Mayfair, it would be remiss of us not to mention that these same qualities are cherished by the Maison’s Geneva and Fleurier workshops too.
Technical one-upmanship abounds in horology. The L.U.C XP, however, revels in its low-key simplicity, reminding us that all you need to tell the time are two hands sweeping a dial, nothing more, nothing less. Here, the natural warmth of rose gold accents contrasts wonderfully with the navy dial, where the impression of depth is enhanced by the texture of its matte finish.
Just as there’s nothing quite like a well-tailored suit, the stainless-steel case of the L.U.C XP is the embodiment of perfect proportion and fit. Its 40mm frame is considered the ideal size for all wrists, while its slim 7.2mm body makes it an easy addition to any wardrobe.
The timepiece comes with two handsewn straps. The first, made of merino wool dyed in deep blue, is unexpected but lovely, and a natural follow-up from the blue cashmere strap launched in 2017 on a previous L.U.C XP model. The cognac alligator leather alternative, on the other hand, firmly occupies the more conservative side of the spectrum. Both versions are reinforced with brown alligator leather lining.
Unlike its exterior, the ultra-thin movement beneath is a complicated affair indeed. It remains very traditional at heart yet is imbued with the latest tech in watchmaking. The micro-rotor of its automatic winding system, for example, is made from hardy tungsten. Diminutive in size but not in weight, it optimises the efficiency of the two superposed barrels, based on Chopard’s patented Twin architecture.
From the case, bezel and lugs to the entire movement, everything is hand-polished and finished to the highest standards. Holding the L.U.C XP in your hands is like holding a piece of finely crafted haute joaillerie. As a bone fide jeweller, Chopard’s meticulous finishing skills give it the added advantage over rivals who are rooted in a purely historic past. This is where the brand, and by extension, every watch that carries its name, sets itself apart. But one has come to expect nothing less from Chopard.
|40mm stainless steel|
|Navy blue with vertical satin-brushed finish, rose gold-plated appliqué numerals, indexes and hands|
Self-winding Calibre L.U.C 96.53-L with two barrels
|Brown alligator leather (for the rose gold version) or blue alligator leather (for the white gold version) with 18K gold folding buckle set with baguette-cut diamonds|
|Hours and minutes|
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.
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